Computer Chip To Be Made From Mushroom: System To Replace Plastic In Electronic Gadgets

Computer chip to be made from mushroom

Computer Chip To Be Made From Mushroom: The problem of plastic waste is increasing all over the world. Along with this, electronic waste is also increasing. Both are related to each other. Computer chips and batteries used in many electronic devices use plastic that cannot be recycled. But now scientists have found a way to replace this plastic with biodegradable material.

In a new research published in the journal Science Advances, scientists at Johannes Kepler University in Austria have made an electronic substrate from mushroom skin. The base layer of the circuit is called the substrate. It cools and insulates metals that transfer electricity.

The base of the circuit is made from a special mushroom

Computer chip to be made from mushroom
A prototype of the base layer of the circuit made from the skin of a mushroom.

Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) is a type of fungus that grows on rotting trees in Europe and East Asia. Researchers Doris Danninger and Roland Parker, involved in the study, found that this mushroom forms a skin made of root-like network mycelium for its safe growth. Scientists wanted to dry and use this skin instead of plastic.

In the research, the skin of the mushroom was removed and dried. Researchers say that it is flexible and a good insulator. It also works well in electrical circuits and easily tolerates temperatures up to 200 °C.

The chip will be installed in low-powered devices

Scientists told that the mushrooms of those trees will be useful in making computer chips, which become completely useless. At present, circuits made from it can be installed in such electronic devices, which do not last long. These include wearable sensors and radio tags. They can also be recycled because of the mushroom skin.