Materials, designs, and operational characteristics for fully biodegradable primary batteries

Lan Yin, Xian Huang, Hangxun Xu, Yanfeng Zhang, Jasper Lam, Jianjun Cheng, John A. Rogers*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Biodegradable electronics represent an emerging class of technology with potential to provide advanced semiconductor functionality in temporary biomedical implants. This work reported a biodegradable primary battery as a potential power source for these systems, which uses biodegradable metal foils and polyanhydride packages. Monolithically integrating cells yields battery packs with sufficient power to operate conventional light emitting diodes and radio transmitters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3879-3884
Number of pages6
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 18 2014


  • biodegradable battery
  • magnesium
  • molybdenum
  • polyanhydride
  • transient electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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