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Could Recyclable Polymer Nanoparticles Help to Realize a Circular Economy?

By Shaheer RehanMay 12 2022Reviewed by Megan Craig, M.Sc.A novel approach for securing and tracing different products using recyclable nanoparticles has been presented in the study published in the journal ACS Applied Nano Materials.

Study: A Physical Unclonable Function Based on Recyclable Polymer Nanoparticles to Enable the Circular Economy. Image Credit: Lea Rae/

Biometric for Things – Yes, it is a ThingBiometrics For Things (BFTs) is a digital identification system for everyday items. BFTs establish a direct connection between an item's digital ID and its secure physical ID. This enables the production of authentic twins for all retail goods by creating an unbreakable connection between the digital and physical worlds.

The concept of BFTs provides a comprehensive approach for item verification, authentication, and recognition, with the practical utilization of combating counterfeit products.

Tackling CounterfeitingCounterfeiting continues to be a significant issue that society faces. Thus, to mitigate the problem of counterfeiting, an optical identification system immediately accessible on handheld devices could be utilized.

In this paper, the team presented a secure physical ID-based system to tackle the dilemma of counterfeiting. The system proposed employs physical unclonable functions (PUFs) for data storage.

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    Shaheer RehanShaheer is a graduate of Aerospace Engineering from the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. He has carried out research on a wide range of subjects including Aerospace Instruments and Sensors, Computational Dynamics, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Optimization Techniques, Robotics, and Clean Energy. He has been working as a freelance consultant in Aerospace Engineering for the past year. Technical Writing has always been a strong suit of Shaheer's. He has excelled at whatever he has attempted, from winning accolades on the international stage in match competitions to winning local writing competitions. Shaheer loves cars. From following Formula 1 and reading up on automotive journalism to racing in go-karts himself, his life revolves around cars. He is passionate about his sports and makes sure to always spare time for them. Squash, football, cricket, tennis, and racing are the hobbies he loves to spend his time in.

    Publication date: 12/05/2022


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