Researchers at Tel Aviv University have invented a new method to make computer chips which could eventually replace the usage of silicone in the manufacturing process of phones and other devices.
According to reports, scientists at the university claimed that they would be able to develop the chip and other gadgets of the phone with a mix of blood, milk and mucus proteins. This would certainly lead to an iPhone and smart technological gadgets to become both flexible and biodegradable.
Technology is now shifting from a silicon era to a carbon era, Elad Mentovich, a student working on the project, said in a report.
This new type of transistor could play a big role.
The team said in the report that transistors built from their proteins would be ideal for smaller, flexible devices that are made out of plastic rather than silicon. And such a discovery, will be offering a possibility of an introduction of a new range of flexible gadgets such as an iPad that could be easily folded and mobile phones built which can be converted into a flexible watch strap.
Also, instead of being thrown into garbage when they can no longer be used, the ascertained gadgets will process as biodegradable over time. According to the report, the scientists eventually discovered that when three different kinds of proteins were tacked together, they led to the creation of an electronic circuit.
These involve milk proteins to form the fibrous scaffolding. Milk materials stay strong and stable in different environments. Blood proteins, which can absorb oxygen, allow the researchers to add different chemicals to adjust the properties of the semiconductor. Mucus proteins have the ability to keep red, green and blue fluorescent dyes separate, together creating the white light emission that is necessary for advanced optics.
The researchers added that they had already taken the first steps towards creating biodegradable displays. They aim to use the protein-based transistor technology to develop the entire electronic devices.