SFU team’s sustainable electronics breakthrough featured on cover of Advanced Electronic Materials journal
Mechatronic systems engineering professor Woo Soo Kim is leading a team that is collaborating with Swiss researchers to develop an eco-friendly 3D-printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things sensors. The team discovered a way to use wood-derived cellulose material to replace plastics and polymeric materials currently used in electronics. The breakthrough was featured on the February issue of the journal, Advanced Electronic Materials.
Kim’s new method could help to advance sustainable electronics, for example by reducing the toxicity of waste created in the production of printed circuit boards (PCBs) and allowing metal components of the PCBs to be more easily recycled. Kim also collaborates with researchers from Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology’s (DGIST)’s department of Robotics Engineering, and PROTEM Co Inc., a manufacturer of protective films and tapes for industry, for the development of printable conductive ink materials.