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Anyone aware of plant based electronic and logic components ?

I wondering how to build a 100% sustainable device that could also be 100% recyclable..

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    > Electronic plants created

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    Researchers have created analog and digital electronics circuits inside living plants. The scientists have used the vascular system of living roses to build key components of electronic circuits.

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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    The most I've ever done with plants is a potato clock, this now seems rudimentary in comparison to these.
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    how do you define recyclable? the metals used for circuits are already recyclable (in theory) (getting them still uses child labor, poisoning people, fueling war gangs, ... but thats another story)
    so mostly you'd have to change the plastics used: does e.g. PLA count? in theory you can make it from plant stuff and its biodegradeable (thou not easily in nature)
    the silicon stuff I don't know, is it recycleable? (and you'd have to purify it again)
    Screens would be a tough one - you're already restricted to few materials, making e.g. an OLED biodegradable sounds difficoult and counterproductive

    Besides all that, I guess the problem is more the stuff you use to make/purify/combine/... all the components. it can (but mustn't) produce a lot of toxic waste (looking at you, aluminium production)

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    OLED literally stands for organic LED. That's all I'm aware of.

    Biggest problem isn't the material, it's how it's sourced.
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    @Jedidja

    Lets say if you can cook it and eat it for breakfast, its recyclable in the best possible way. :-)

    I'm reminded of suggesting to folk giving out leaflets, make them rice paper with edible inks..

    The kind of things you can grow without needing to mine materials from a hole in the ground.

    The kind of things you can recycle without needing to strip off lots of other not so recyclable stuff and you can just stick in a big vat and turn it into some kind of useful soup.

    I'm quite a fan of metals for that, though I prefer ones without paint added !

    So a mixture of say stainless steel for example and plant based solutions could work well in giving us a circular resource system without waste.

    Early screens might be a bit primitive, like nixie tubes. :-)

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    Your brain bruh
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    @junon yeah, but organic as in organic chemistry - the branch about everything thats carbons (often chains) with hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen among others.
    Yes, everything biological falls under this category, but so does gasoline, Dioxane, plastic and lots of nasty stuff.
    In case of OLED its mostly special plastics, chemicals doped with Iridium and a very thin indium tin oxide layer.

    It's hardly recycleable, I'd guess, (despite using it as fuel and extracting the few metals) and since it's already hard to make it durable i guess it's harder if you induce weaknesses by making it biodegradable.

    (and yeah, thats why I don't like vague terms like "organic", "bio" or "green" without further specification)
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    @Jedidja

    I'm not sure I want to make it "biodegradable." though. :-)

    https://plasticstoday.com/automotiv...

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    That's... Interesting...
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