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Engineering biodegradable components for packaging digitalization

About the project
The project aims to develop biodegradable recording platforms for digital technologies that capture biological signals and safely integrate them into life and the environment. This project develops the first example of a biodegradable technology that degrade after disposal by the action of specific enzymes. To reach such a goal, we pursue an interdisciplinary approach combining expertise in materials chemistry and rational polymer design, organic electronics (device fabrication), and biology (biodegradation and toxicity).

Background
As electronics become increasingly integrated into our daily lives, there is a growing demand for technologies that decompose after a period of stable operation without leaving a permanent mark (transience). For consumers electronics, such as digital packaging, biodegradable solutions are set to contribute towards the Swedish and EU goal to reduce waste and promote greener technologies by 2030. A key challenge is to develop components combining stable operation in environmental conditions (humidity, pH, etc.) and safe biodegradation into non-toxic products.

Cross-disciplinary collaboration
The researchers in the team represent the Department of Engineering Mechanics at KTH SCI and the Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology at KTH CBH.

Contacts

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Erica Zeglio

Researcher, Engineering Mechanics at KTH EECS, PI of research project Engineering biodegradable components for packaging digitalisation at Digital Futures

+46 73 043 20 45
zeglio@kth.se
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Tiziana Fuoco

Researcher, Fibre and Polymer Technology at KTH CBH, PI of research project Engineering biodegradable components for packaging digitalisation at Digital Futures

tiziana@kth.se