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Eco-Friendly Materials for Daily-Life Inexpensive Printed Passive Devices: Towards “Do-It-Yourself” Electronics

Le Borgne, Brice, Chung, Bo-Yan, Tas, Mehmet O., King, Simon G., Harnois, Maxime and Sporea, Radu A. (2019) Eco-Friendly Materials for Daily-Life Inexpensive Printed Passive Devices: Towards “Do-It-Yourself” Electronics Electronics, 8 (6).

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Abstract

The need for the fabrication of a new generation of devices has developed with the next generation of ‘home’ engineers, which is resulting in an ever-increasing population interested in “do-it-yourself” electronics and the Internet of Things. However, this new trend should not be done at the expense of the environment. Almost all previous studies, related to the low-temperature processing of devices, fail to highlight the extent of the impact that the synthesis of these technologies have on both the environment and human health. In addition, the substrates typically used, are also often associated with major drawbacks such as a lack of biodegradability. In this paper, we fabricate a simple RC filter using various domestically available printing techniques, utilising readily available materials such as: carbon soots (carbon black) as an electric conductor, and egg white (albumen) as a dielectric. These devices have been fabricated on both polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and paper, which demonstrated the same performances on both substrates and revealed that recyclable substrates can be used without compromise to the devices’ performance. The filter was found to exhibit a cut-off frequency of 170 kHz, which made it suitable for high-frequency reception applications.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Le Borgne, Briceb.h.leborgne@surrey.ac.uk
Chung, Bo-Yan
Tas, Mehmet O.m.tas@surrey.ac.uk
King, Simon G.simon.g.king@surrey.ac.uk
Harnois, Maxime
Sporea, Radu A.R.A.Sporea@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 2019
Funders : Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), University of Surrey
DOI : 10.3390/electronics8060699
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords : Eco-friendly electronics; Printed electronics; Do-it-yourself electronics; Egg white insulator; Carbon black conductor
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Aug 2019 08:48
Last Modified : 08 Aug 2019 08:48
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852374

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