Mushroom microchip…

As the production of electronic devices continues to increase, scientists are trying to use nature and biodegradability in common components such as microchips.

So believe it or not, the skin from the mycelium of a mushroom can protect chips from temperatures of up to 200°C.

ganoderma lucidum

Scientists from Johannes Kepler University in Austria working on this project found that the mycelium skin is not only heat resistant, but will last for years and can be bent and folded thousands of times without wearing out or tearing. .

The fungus in question is Ganoderma lucidum, which grows on rotting wood in the mountains of Europe. As it matures, it creates a fibrous bark to protect itself from the bacteria present on its substrate (wood in this case). This shell can protect microchips.

The substrate under a computer chip is usually made of non-recyclable material such as non-reusable plastic.

"The huge number of devices produced every day together with their decreasing lifespan inevitably leads to the creation of huge amounts of e-waste," write the authors of the study, who published in Science Advances.

“The circular economy and concepts of recycling alone cannot solve the growing waste crisis. Electronics research, and especially electronic materials research, must therefore shift its focus from strictly high functionality to sustainable, cost-effective approaches."

The mycelium crust, which protects the mushroom from the entry of bacteria, breaks down in nature in just 10 days.

According to the researchers, bark is slightly less insulating than plastic, but still withstands high temperatures.

For now, the team believes the bark from the mycelium could excel in products that don't require long-lasting electrical circuits, such as wearable health monitors and near-field communication (NFC) tags for electronic devices. However, it takes more time to develop. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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