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Researchers take first steps to create biodegradable displays for electronics

Americans, on average, replace their mobile phones every 22 months, junking more than 150 million phones a year in the process. A team of researchers is on the path to creating biodegradable electronics by using organic components in screen displays. The team has developed organic structures that could be used to light handheld device screens. Using peptides, or proteins, researchers were able to demonstrate that these tiny structures, when combined with a blue light-emitting polymer, could successfully be used in displays. The scientists also discovered that by using peptide nanostructures, they were able to use less of the polymer. Using less to create the same blue light means that the nanocomposites achieve almost 85 percent biodegradability. The researchers’ advancements could one day help reduce electronic waste in the world’s landfills.

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