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Tomorrow's electronics and environmental compliance Organic, plastic or printed electronics are synonymous and refer to emerging kinds of electronics, challenging the standards set by microchip electronics. But modern electronics is most definitely a subject matter for environmental legislation. Organic electronics utilizes carbon-based compounds instead of silicone molecules. Electronic inks can be printed on different surfaces in order to function as transistors or resistors. This can be done using any solution-based material like semiconductors and nano-material. The performance level of printed electronics is not (yet) as high as non-printed electronics, and therefore not as widely used, but more materials can be processed and it is thus a topic of environmental legislation. For example, the groundbreaking work in the field of nano-tech regulation will definitely exert an impact on printed and organic electronics. Recycled bottles The term plastic electronics refers to the use of polyethylene terephthalate plastic, or PET, in printed electronics. As opposed to conventional chip-based electronics, plastic electronics uses sheets of PET (yes, it can be recycled from old water bottles!) to print electronic circuits. This can make for large and flexible displays and further development in the field is to be expected as the manufacturing process is cheap. Recent developments indicate increased scientific usage of polymer films for the positioning of organic semiconductors or as insulators. The inherent qualities of these preliminary tests have been very promising. Exempted from parts of REACH Polymers are exempted from REACH registration. Thus, manufacturers or importers of polymers are not required to provide to the Agency any information about the properties of the polymers. Note that monomers in the polymers may have to be registered nevertheless. Other requirements, like those of classification, labelling and information may also apply. As modern, emerging kinds of electronics are undergoing rapid development, there is ample room for speculation that legislation will adapt to its new use. Organic electronics is attractive for a wide range of functions and components, legislative demands on the separate collection of displays, radiofrequency identification tags and on nano-materials will be applicable. Text: Hansi Elsbacher/Greentech info Sources Overcoming Barriers for Organic Electronics 2009 IEEE Links REACH Guidance for monomers and polymers Restrictions Phthalates This page was last changed 04 January 2010 2010-02-02