Innovative polymer materials, such as PVDF-TrFE, exhibits electrical properties similar to the existing conventional inorganic compounds. As they can be easily formulated in liquid solutions, these inks (combined with additive printing techniques, e.g. screen-print) allow the manufacturing of large area, flexible surfaces sensitive to touch, pressure or proximity.
Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors, Communications
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Compared to conventional, discrete sensors using inorganic compounds, and standard vacuum deposition techniques and lithography, printing technologies can, within the same process steps, print many sensors on a large surface, positioned at the locations specified by the user. This removes the need to pick & place numerous discrete sensors. Moreover, different kind of sensors can be co-printed on the same large area substrates. The final sensing foils are flexible, bendable and lightweight. Easy integration (lightweight, conformability,..) is a plus to elaborate smart objects , or smart surfaces. In some cases, some transparency of the devices can be achieved.
FIGURES OF MERIT
- Large Area Sensing surfaces are easily manufactured, w/o hybrid integration of discrete components.
- Light weight and conformability to the final system of interest (I.e. spoiler, wings, keyboards,..) – Low Visual impact
- Low cost: cheap substrate, large volume manufacturing, additive printing technique
- Easy Customization
- Low cycle time
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards:Organic Electronic Association (OeA) – Awarded in 2014 at Lope-C Conference