Project TitleNovel Protective Polymers for Circuitry
Track Code2013-151
Short Description

Antistatic polymers that protect electronic circuits from damage caused by electrostatic discharge

#materials #electronic #polymer #semiconductor #component


Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a major problem in the electronics industry causing losses measured in billions of dollars per year. In addition to financial losses, ESD can cause shocks and explosions leading to loss of human life as well. Semiconductors present in all manner of electronic devices are vulnerable because they can accumulate charges on their surface, which can then destroy the device if and when discharged. Northwestern University researchers have discovered that small amounts of radical scavenging compounds can be easily added to polymers used for making semiconductors to prevent the build up of charges on their surface that causes ESD. Their method is simple, inexpensive and does not interfere with any aspects of semiconductor performance. Moreover, radical scavenging can be accomplished by substances such as vitamin E, which means that protection of electronic devices from ESD can be accomplished without undue burden on the environment. This new technology from Northwestern University could impact the field of semiconductors by making them more durable, safer and minimizing financial losses incurred due to ESD. 

Tagselectronics, materials, MATERIALS: electronic, MATERIALS: polymer, SEMICONDUCTOR: component
Posted DateJan 20, 2015 11:15 AM


Bartosz A. Grzybowski* 
Bilge Baytekin 
Hasan Tarik Baytekin 


  • Semiconductors


  • Cost-effective
  • Simple to synthesize and apply
  • No effect on overall performance
  • Environmentally friendly


IP Status

US and international patent applications have been filed.

Marketing Contact

Vara Josyula, PhD

Invention Manager

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