The first electric rose in the world is a fact! A research team in Sweden, headed by a Greek scientist Dr. Eleni Stavrinidou, managed to develop electric Roses by creating digital and analogue circuits with wires in live roses. What does this mean for science and our everyday life? What can this discovery make and what uses it may have?
It opened the way for the coupling of nature and technology
Scientists, at the Leningrad University’s Organic Electronics Laboratory, headed by Professor Magnus Bergen and Dr. Eleni Stavrinidou, who published the publication in Science Advances, utilized the vascular system and the leaves of roses to create electronic circuits.
This technological development may have multiple futures uses, in the sense that this discovery may have applications in the field of bioelectronics, in order to initiate a synthesis of electronic signals with the biochemical processes of the Plant.
So, it will be possible, in the near future, to create the plant biofuel cells that will be able to generate electricity, through the photosynthesis process. In such a case, it will be the conversion of plants into photovoltaics.
Applications in Medicine
This process may also have positive effects in the field of medicine while it improves the existing medical potential of plants and the development of new medicines. At the same time, in the field of agriculture, it will be possible to construct plants that will obey the orders of farmers, regarding the ideal moment of flowering and ripening.
The method followed by the Greek scientist to achieve this result was: “She used a transparent conductive polymeric material (PEDOT-S: H), which dissolved in water and then dipped roses into this solution. The plants were absorbed the polymer material, which was released through the vascular system of the plant. After a few days, self-assembling “10 cm” wires had been created in the stem of the rose, which could carry electricity to the interior of the plant, when they connected to an external source of electricity”. Essentially, they created a Digital Logic type. With these transistors, they also managed to create a kind of digital logic gate.
Other members of the research team managed to create electro-chromatic roses, which change their colour from green to blue – and vice versa – through electricity. It seemed like a live screen in constant motion.
“As far as we know, no one has ever produced electronically plants. Now we can really start talking about ‘energy’ plants while using sensors and taking the energy that is formed in their chlorophyll. We can also create ‘green’ antennas or produce new materials. Everything happens in a natural way, utilizing the very sophisticated and unique systems of the plants themselves, “Bergen said, adding that” the plant itself helps to create electronic devices inside it. “
This is an extremely important discovery, because that it is the first essential step in the synthesis of the technology, with the aim of producing chain effects in the field of medicine, the disease control, and the field of agriculture and the economy.
The magic of science is the unparalleled beauty of the rose.
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