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Materials, Designs, and Operational Characteristics for Fully Biodegradable Primary Batteries

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  • Lan Yin,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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  • Xian Huang,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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  • Hangxun Xu,

    1. CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, P. R. China
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  • Yanfeng Zhang,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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  • Jasper Lam,

    1. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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  • Jianjun Cheng,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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  • John A. Rogers

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
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Abstract

Biodegradable electronics represent an emerging class of technology with potential to provide advanced semiconductor functionality in temporary biomedical implants. This work reported a biodegradable primary battery as a potential power source for these systems, which uses biodegradable metal foils and polyanhydride packages. Monolithically integrating cells yields battery packs with sufficient power to operate conventional light emitting diodes and radio transmitters.

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