Proto-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Hybrid Systems for Generation-Next Bionic Devices

The 21st century has seen an unprecedented proliferation of electronic devices, sharply altering the world economic map and human sociological behaviour, while creating socioeconomic and environmental burdens in form of massive electronic wastes. Not only does e-waste contain hazardous amounts of toxic substances such as lead, cadmium, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame-retardants, but its informal disposal and low technology recycling generates additional toxic pollutants.

Clearly, the electronic industry is indispensable but unsustainable, demanding immediate sustainable innovations – both in materials and in device design: PROGENY targets both.

Within a century of fascinating progress in electronics, viable proton-based devices are yet to be developed, although nature has given us efficient and intrinsically sustainable biological systems that are fundamentally protonic.

Taking a cue from recent advances in protonic devices, we target a radical, foundational and sustainable breakthrough in device & sensor innovation.

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