John Rogers is a scientist leading the 'Born to Die' project at the University of Illinois. This project aims to create circuitry that can be dissolved in water.
'Born to Die' addresses the problem of the overabundance of tech available on the market and the waste it leaves behind. As Rogers notes, “you don’t need your cellphone to last for 25 or 50 years.”
The magnesium and silicone circuits are printed on fine layers of silk, which causes them to dissolve slowly when wet. This project aims to make circuitry more organic, and enable it to "wither away like a dead plant." The biggest challenge Rogers' team faces is timing the precise dates of expiry. This is an incredible initiative to reduce the amount of waste that can't be recycled and ends up in landfills.