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Thursday June 18, 2015

Researchers Develop Biodegradable Wooden Computer Chips

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck's PC had wood chips?

"The majority of material in a chip is support. We only use less than a couple of micrometers for everything else," says Zhenqiang "Jack" Ma, UW- Madison electrical and computer engineering professor, who proposes replacing the substrate, or support layer, of a computer chip with cellulose nanofibril (CNF), a flexible, biodegradable material made from wood. "Now the chips are so safe you can put them in the forest and fungus will degrade it. They become as safe as fertilizer."