Researchers are continually looking for ways to take waste products (or even garbage) and repurpose it into something new. It’s good for the earth, and trash can be cheap.
Texas manufacturer Athyron built a better wood using scrap plastic and peanut shells, and Coca-Cola used recycled ocean debris to make food and beverage packaging.
Now, researchers at the University of Illinois — Urbana-Champaign have taken a failed cancer drug and turned it into a printable semiconductor.
It’s common for pharmaceuticals to fail during clinical trials. This team is taking biological molecules previously used to try and treat cancer and repurposed them as organic semiconductors to make chemical sensors and transistors.