Funded Development

Partnering with industry and academia is an integral part of Intrinsiq’s business model, enabling faster integration of our products into end user applications, and faster development of new ideas. As such, Intrinsiq continues to develop high value competitive proposals into various Governmental R&D programmes in the UK, US and across Europe. These programmes won against high levels of competition, showcase Intrinsiq’s expertise, technology and end use application knowledge, and cover a wide range of relevant areas. They are all part funded with matching funds coming from industry partners.

These are also the first stage for developing new products, as well as laying the groundwork for future cooperation with key industrial partners such as PVI, Rolls Royce, G24I, Jaguar Land Rover, M-Solve, Oxley, Sun Chemical, Johnson Matthey, The Ryedale Group, Ficosa, Obducat, Orbotech, Plansee, LORD and IBM. The following is a snapshot of some of the most recent.

Nano Copper Based Programmes

Programme : Development of a Disease Detection system using low-cost printed electronic approaches allied to an antibody based detection system.

IML has been developing the ink systems (using both screen and flexo approaches) for this programme which aims to take an antibody based sensor system and commercialise it with the addition of printed electrodes on low cost substrates, aiming to reduce the test time to minutes rather than days and to reduce cost by at least half.

Partners: Intrinsiq (lead), Leeds University, The Ryedale Group, The Needham Group, Amies Innovations, P1 Technology

Supported by: UK Technology Strategy Board

Programme: Biosensor and microfluidic technologies are a key topic for the development of new Point-of-Care (POC) analysis system useful in the health sector. However, some improvements in term of stability, sensitivity, selectivity and cost must be carried out in order to manufacture the next generation of bioanalytical tools. This programme will combine state-of-the-art microfluidics with nanotechnology (NIL and nano copper for conducting tracks) to address these issues.

Partners: Micrux (Spain – lead partner, Obducat, Sweden)

Supported by: EU M-ERA.Net programme under FP7



Programme: will demonstrate the use of combinations of printed functional inks to produce integrated printed structures that replace conventional copper based circuit boards and printed silicon devices. The project partners will produce a pilot scale ink-jet printing process system demonstrating the integration capability that can be adopted to meet immediate market opportunities relating to digital advertisement, smart signage, low-cost logic and cost-effective processing for the electro- & electronics industry.

Partners: PRA, NTC Weise, Acreo, Fraunhofer, Ctech, 3D Micromac, Cyprus U, Knauer, Ultracom Oy

Supported by: EU Framework 7


Programme: Application of novel copper based printed screens to OLEDs for lighting applications. Intrinsiq is developing high performance printed layers to enhance the performance of OLED systems. These are applied to both raw and ITO coated glass layers and then processed through Brunel Universities OLED manufacturing facility. The LAPTRANS-OLED programme is essentially an integration project—the partners will be using their specific capabilities and understanding of the different layers of the OLED system to develop new enhanced systems that combine these new technologies together. As such the timescales are short and significant optimisation is to be expected.

Partners: Intrinsiq (lead), Brunel University, Plansee, Orbotech, PEL

Supported by: EU FP7 OLAE+ Transnational Call – “Organic and Large Area Electronics” under FP7




Programme: The overall printed electronics market is forecasted to continue growing from €0.40 Bn in 2010 to €3.78 Bn in 2016. Underpinning all of electronics are the conductive track structures that connect the active components such as; transistors, capacitors and resistors. To ensure cost effective processing, copper, which is ~1% of the current silver price, is required.  However, to enable the use of copper and to prevent oxidation, rapid sintering methods are required.  This proposal demonstrates the use of laser technology as a high volume production process to enable realisation of the conductive ink market and builds on the UK’s leading position in already supplying these materials to a broad customer base.  The programme will create a laser drying and sintering technology to enable high output, low-cost and high quality R2R manufacture of electronic devices and structures (touch screen, solar cells and  intelligent packaging.

Partners: Intrinsiq (lead), Liverpool University

Supported by: UK Technology Strategy Board



The main objective will consist of developing a suitable low cost and rapid printing technology for the integration of antennas (mainly for automotive safety applications) and passive electronic elements (resistors, capacitors, inductors) onto conventional automotive materials. Antennas and other passive components (such as resistors, capacitors and inductors) will be designed and developed at a laboratory level onto a wide variety of substrates found in automotive parts (Polyamide, ABS, Polypropylene, Carbon/Glass fibres and Glass). Two processes, screen and digital printing will be compared for multi-substrate applications in terms of cost, process integration in manufacturing chains and suitability for the application. Finally, demonstrators of the technology at a semi-industrial scale will be achieved targeted at integration of components in several kinds of automotive parts such as the rearview mirror, roof and dashboard and other parts of the car body.

Partners: Intrinsiq (lead), Southampton University, FICOSA

Supported by: EU FP7 Eurostars

Thermoelectric Technologies

Programme: POWERDRIVER aims to develop an innovative environmentally-friendly thermo-electric power generation system for automotive and marine applications, that is powered by exhaust waste thermal energy to reduce fuel consumption, emissions and costs. Intrinsiq plays a key role in developing the TEG materials in ananostructured form, to optimize performance and show a route to large-scale cost-effective manufacture.

Partners: ETL (lead), Intrinsiq, Rolls Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, Halyard, Queen Mary College London, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, FCT, Ricardo, Thermex, Tecnalia, DTS

Supported by: EU FP7 Programme


Nanophosphor Technologies


Programme: Existing fluorescent labels used to detect biomolecules in a range of life science assays are either based upon organic fluorophores which have limited lifetime or quantum dots which are high cost, toxic and can only operate in limited chemical environments. Initial research by Intrinsiq Materials and the University of Bath has demonstrated a new radical fluorescent label to address a £2 billion medical diagnostics market. This platform technology based on nanomaterials, could be applied  to overcome the disadvantages of the existing fluorescent labels.  Partnered with Abcam, a global market leader in  research-grade antibodies, the objectives of the NANOFLAM programme are to develop and exploit these novel materials as an immediate technically superior alternative to traditional fluorophores and to address radical new potential multiplexing applications.


Partners: Intrinsiq Materials (lead), Bath University, AbCam

Supported by: UK Technology Strategy Board




Programme: Radiation Curing utilising Light Emitting Diodes (LED) offers substantial energy savings for industrial wood coating applications compared to conventional UV mercury arc lamps (~60% less) and traditional gas fired drying systems (~90% less). However, the growth of Radiation Curing applications has been limited due to: Poor depth penetration of UV in pigmented coatings; poor surface coating properties (due to oxygen inhibition) and the absence of optimised coating formulations. NIRVANA will deliver 3 novel solutions to these challenges. This will include novel phosphor systems that will enable low energy IR LED’s to be used in place of UV systems with the use of IML novel up converting phosphors.


Partners: Intrinsiq Materials (lead), Liverpool University, Sherwin Williams, TWI, Robinson Brothers, Integration Technology Ltd

Supported by: UK Technology Strategy Board