Self Healing Electronics

This in an article from Huffington Post, a famous website which contains all kinds of articles. The article does not display a specific author, which because the article is originally from EarthTechling. The original article was written by Angeli Duffin who is doing product design and development with Fair Trade artisans around the world, she then moved on to the editorial side, writing for eBay’s Green Team blog and working as a marketing consultant for social and environmentally minded companies. Huffington Post is very famous and well-known, and the author has a lot of experience in the environmental theme. Therefore, this article is valid because the author has lots of experience in the field and Huffington Post is very famous.

The article talks about the possibility of self-healing electronics rising from the amounts of e-waste being produced. It says that the devices (in order to reach our demands) use integrated chips which increase the likelihood of a circuit break that could shut down the whole system as the device heats up or becomes fatigued. These devices are easy to replace, which ends up generating e-waste. The article describes that to solve this, the Illinois team devised a system to place tiny microcapsules on top of a gold line functioning as a circuit. When a crack occurs, the microcapsules break open, releasing liquid metal that fills the crack in the circuit, repairing the electrical flow. This would be the self-healing device.


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