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Iowa State materials scientist developing materials and electronics that dissolve when triggered

A medical device, once its job is done, could harmlessly melt away inside a person’s body.
Or, a military device could collect and send its data and then dissolve away, leaving no trace of an intelligence mission. Or, an environmental sensor could collect climate information, then wash away in the rain.

It’s a new way of looking at electronics: “You don’t expect your cell phone to dissolve someday, right?” said Reza Montazami, an Iowa State University assistant professor

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