Bio-engineered electronicsPosted: August 20, 2008
Electronic components are continually shrinking – just think of laptops & mobile phones in the last few years – but there is a limit and even now, the improvements required of industrial processes to maintain this trend are becoming increasingly expensive and old ones dreadfully outdated.
One possible solution would be to replace these industrial techniques with ones that use biological processes that self -assemble and are relatively cheap.
For instance, this article describes a technique whereby a specially engineered virus is coated with chemicals and sandwiched between other chemical layers to make a tiny battery that could be ‘printed’ onto any conducting surface! Some more background, also at Ars Technica, on engineering using viruses can be read here.
Photo from http://www.kilmerhouse.com/?p=89 – lovely, isn’t it?