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Biocompatible and Biodegradable Materials for Organic Field-Effect Transistors

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  • Mihai Irimia-Vladu,

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    1. Department of Soft Matter Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
    2. Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
    • Department of Soft Matter Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria).
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  • Pavel A. Troshin,

    1. Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian, Academy of Sciences, Semenov prospect 1, 142432, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)
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  • Melanie Reisinger,

    1. Department of Soft Matter Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Lyuba Shmygleva,

    1. Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian, Academy of Sciences, Semenov prospect 1, 142432, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)
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  • Yasin Kanbur,

    1. Department of Polymer Science and Technology, Middle East Technical University, Balgat, Ankara, 06531 (Turkey)
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  • Günther Schwabegger,

    1. Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Marius Bodea,

    1. Institute of Applied Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Reinhard Schwödiauer,

    1. Department of Soft Matter Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Alexander Mumyatov,

    1. Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian, Academy of Sciences, Semenov prospect 1, 142432, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)
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  • Jeffrey W. Fergus,

    1. Materials Research and Education Center, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama 36849 (USA)
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  • Vladimir F. Razumov,

    1. Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of Russian, Academy of Sciences, Semenov prospect 1, 142432, Chernogolovka, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)
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  • Helmut Sitter,

    1. Institute of Semiconductor and Solid State Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Niyazi Serdar Sariciftci,

    1. Linz Institute for Organic Solar Cells (LIOS), Physical Chemistry, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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  • Siegfried Bauer

    1. Department of Soft Matter Physics, Johannes Kepler University, Altenberger Strasse Nr. 69, 4040 Linz (Austria)
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Abstract

Biocompatible-ingestible electronic circuits and capsules for medical diagnosis and monitoring are currently based on traditional silicon technology. Organic electronics has huge potential for developing biodegradable, biocompatible, bioresorbable, or even metabolizable products. An ideal pathway for such electronic devices involves fabrication with materials from nature, or materials found in common commodity products. Transistors with an operational voltage as low as 4–5 V, a source drain current of up to 0.5 μA and an on-off ratio of 3–5 orders of magnitude have been fabricated with such materials. This work comprises steps towards environmentally safe devices in low-cost, large volume, disposable or throwaway electronic applications, such as in food packaging, plastic bags, and disposable dishware. In addition, there is significant potential to use such electronic items in biomedical implants.

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