WITHOUT A TRACE: ISU Creates Dissolving Technology

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An Iowa State University professor has developed electronics that are able to store and send sensitive data, but be destroyed down to nothing if compromised.

The small circuit might not seem like much but this small technology could change the world in a big way.,” says ISU Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Reza Montazami.

Montazami has created a circuit board, capable of collecting and transmitting data that will dissolve once it’s done its job.

The technology can be used in everything from medical devices that travel inside the body to the military and intelligence operations.

“If a soldier on the front line is wounded or killed and you want to protect your electronics and the data that`s on the electronics, you want to prevent them from being recovered by the enemy you can have them dissolve in the environment,” says Montazami.

Montazami says the polymer based product is degradable and environmentally friendly.

By adding water the circuit board starts to dissolve, destroying all sensitive data that was on it.

Eventually, that will also include the specially made casing surrounding the data chip.

“You want to leave zero trace, no trace,” says Montazami.

Montazami says he’s working on the technology being able to dissolve from a trigger, meaning you could remotely destroy the data from anywhere.

It’s technology that’s not being researched anywhere else in the state and technology that Montazami says has limitless potential.

“It has its own challenges but it`s very interesting and I very much enjoy it,” says Montazami.

Montazami says he’s still early in his research but eventually he hopes this technology can be used in cell phones, credit cards, passports and even driver’s licenses.

So if you lost any of these items you could remotely dissolve them rather than worrying about them falling into the wrong hands.



  • Bill

    leave part of the memory in an area that can be watered and then dry out, so as to prevent personal data from being collected by all of todays spyware apps and websites. All operating systems and apps are packed with spyware, or soon become so.

  • Ishmale Whale

    Organized crime and drug syndicates will love this. They can have all their illegal info destroyed before cops can access it and use it as evidence. And people using this for legitimate reasons could be seen as having something to hide.

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