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  • Mission possible: This device will self-destruct when heated

    A device is remotely triggered to self-destruct. A radio-frequency signal turns on a heating element at the center of the device. The circuits dissolve completely.

    A device is remotely triggered to self-destruct. A radio-frequency signal turns on a heating element at the center of the device. The circuits dissolve completely.

    Photo courtesy Scott White

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  • Editor's note: To reach Scott R. White, call (217) 333-1077; email: swhite@illinois.edu.

    The paper, “Thermally triggered degredation of transient electronic devices,” is available online.

    A downloadable image gallery is available here.