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Wonderful polymer that has very interesting properties

  1. Jun 28, 2012 #1
    Hello colleagues!
    I’d like to ask your opinion on the following information. I found an article where is talking about wonderful polymer that has very interesting properties to pick up parameters when applied on some surface including human body and to register information and to transfer information with radio waves. It is stand-alone and is powered by temperature difference. Ask you to confirm or disprove the reality of this polymer. I’m interested a much.
     
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  3. Jun 28, 2012 #2

    Borek

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    Re: polymer

    Was it a reliable source, or some random place? It sound like either something completely made up OR media hype over something that is only remotely similar to what you described.
     
  4. Jul 2, 2012 #3
    Re: polymer

    I found the article in my PC. Now I am sending you a translation.
    Electrochemical science nowadays is characterized with wide developments in the field of nonconventional materials which are intended to substitute liquid electrolytes and metal electrodes. Researches in the field of polymeric materials are the most interesting and promising.
    Polymeric materials have been attracted by electrochemists long and conductive polymers occupy a special place. These polymers being chemically and electrochemically doped are acquired themselves electric conductivity which is sufficient to use them as materials for electrodes.
    Recently in the end of 90th new conductive polymer polysiliconaniline was obtained. This polymer is very special among other conductive polymers. It has electronic or hole conductivity as its analog polyaniline and also it has ionic conductivity depending on modified additives. The difference from polyaniline is that carbon atoms are partially substituted by silicon atoms. Silicon is not inclined to form bonds with nitrogen in organic compounds. Because of this property quantity of moving charge carriers in polymeric link are doubled that opens possibility to operate with this material in wider range of electric resistance. This range that can be set and altered is from one to tens MOhm. Polysiliconaniline is more stable than polyaniline and has higher resistance to weather conditions.
    A principally new way to produce biochips was developed on the basis of modified polysiliconaniline which are either able to be implanted in human (animal) tissue or be used itself by application of this biochip at some surface. The process of application takes only 15 minutes. Polymeric chip is ready to operate in one hour after application. The biochip is powered by temperature difference between environment and biological tissue of an organism i.e. it is used thermo pair effect but with higher efficiency.

    At the present days the way to produce polymeric material for biochips, modification of it with chemical additives and method of application are worked out. Effect of data picking up from biochip which is made of modified polymer when it is applied on human body by special way is obtained. The picking up was wireless by radio signal.
    The applied biochip causes no discomfort, it is not washed off by water and it is not destroyed under simple mechanical treatment. The process of biochip washing off is worked out.

    The prospect of using biochips
    For medical and diagnostics purposes:
    -Uninterruptible control of human body temperature, oxygen concentration in blood e t.c.
    -As heart pacemaker.
    For using as radio beacon which indicates human or animal location in emergency situation (natural disaster, criminal e t.c.). While organism is alive and body temperature is supported biochip will operate and transmit radio signals.
    Additional polymer opportunities

    Ability of the polymer to be powered by temperature difference between organism and environment makes possible to do without additional electronic units and power sources.
    It is also promising to use polymer in electronics as a storage device. F.e. it is possible to store up to 1018 bites of information on 1 cm2 of this polymer.
     
  5. Jul 2, 2012 #4

    Borek

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    Re: polymer

    What you are missing is that what you described initially is not a property of the polymer, but property of a device made from this polymer. It is like saying silicon is able to calculate pi. Silicon is not, but processor made of silicon (plus additives) can.
     
  6. Jul 3, 2012 #5
    Re: polymer

    It is clear that here is talking about device. But as I understood the device is made of only the polymer without additional conventional semi conductive units. Polymer when applied on surface is already device itself with self-contained power source.
     
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