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World premiere: Scientists from TU Dresden develop chemical microprocessor

In contrast to conventional processors, this does not process electrical information, but chemical information in the form of chemical concentrations.

As the TU announced, these microprocessors do not need any external control, but work fully automatically and are operated with chemical energy. The chemical circuits consist of stacked thin layers of active minerals made of special polymers that regulate the flow of matter in tiny microchannels.

The application possibilities for the chemical microprocessor are diverse: medicine, environment, process engineering and other areas in which processes are based on the processing of materials, the scientists enumerate. The first application is planned to be a system that will support analytics and medical diagnostics. "You can imagine this to be similar to a smartphone, which can use a drop of body fluid to determine immediately how the affected person is doing, which acute illnesses he has and what the next necessary measures are," said the university.

The Richter team works with the “Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden” (cfAED), which has been approved as a cluster of excellence. The aim of the cfAED is to open up new ways for the microelectronics of the future.