Read quickly, because this message will self-destruct in five seconds. No seriously. Let’s talk about recycling electronics. So Researchers at the University of Illinois are developing electronics components that can destroy themselves when heated. They’ve also created a radio-controlled trigger to remotely start the reaction.

It sounds like a high-tech spy device right out of Mission Impossible, but the idea behind the research is to put a dent in the global effort to recycling electronics from our waste stream.

Recycling electronics

The team argues that making components that can be quickly degraded is essential. Then this will let manufacturers recycle electronics materials from used equipment. Therefore then they place the tech into new devices.

“We have demonstrated electronics that are there when you need them and gone when you don’t need them anymore,” said aerospace engineer and study leader Scott White. “This is a way of creating sustainability in the materials that used in modern-day electronics.”

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  1. Now that is some serious problem solving. I’d love to see the same philosophy applied to cheap plastic household crap we’re addicted to buying from the Big Box stores.

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