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Printed carbon electronics get recycled

Transistors that are printed on paper substrates using all-carbon inks can be completely recycled, providing a potential route to helping solve the problem of electronic waste.

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Fig. 1: Recycling all-carbon devices printed on paper.

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Lee, B., Chung, S. Printed carbon electronics get recycled. Nat Electron 4, 241–242 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41928-021-00578-w

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