28 September 2012
Vol 337, Issue 6102

About The Cover

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COVER A biodegradable integrated circuit (length: ~2.54 centimeters) shown partially dissolved by a droplet of water. This demonstration system includes transistors; diodes; inductors and capacitors, with magnesium for the electrodes/interconnects; magnesium oxide for the gate/interlayer dielectrics; silicon nanomembranes for the semiconductor; and silk as a thin, flexible substrate. The dissolution characteristics can be tuned to address applications such as bioresorbable implants, biodegradable environmental monitors, and compostable consumer electronics. See page 1640. Image: Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, and Tufts University