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C. Working Towards The Future of Electronics

Narrator: This is Science Today. Physicist Sue Carter of the University of California, Santa Cruz, says combining organic materials, such as plastics with inorganic materials like silicon, will be the wave of the future in microelectronics.

Carter: The advantage is that, it's very cheap to manufacture plastic. You can actually bring plastic to the general public at a much cheaper cost than you can other materials which are much more expensive.

Narrator: But plastics, or polymers, are degradable and don't transport electrons as quickly as inorganic materials. To get the best of both worlds, there's a big push to combine the two.

Carter: You can get all the speed and the stability that you expect to normally get from inorganic system with all the processibility, cheapness of cost that the polymers have.

Narrator: Another advantage to plastics, is it would replace many toxic materials currently used, such as lead.

Carter: The main direction technology should be going towards is to use less resources, cause less environmental damage and get more performance at a cheaper cost.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.