As well as working closely with our clients on joint development agreements and commercial orders for ink and paste, we also look at collaboration with partners for research and development in the emerging printed electronics market. Our network spans across the US, Europe, and the UK for programs.
A list of current and recent programs can be seen below.
US Research Programs
Nextflex – Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Institute
The need for printing on 3D plastic parts is crucial to flexible hybrid electronics. This project is meant to develop hardware and software to do that printing.
Intrinsiq Materials role is to provide nano-Cu ink materials for printing and support evaluation of alternate low-temperature sintering methods to optimize conductor properties. IM will support printing trials by preparing ink at pilot and manufacturing scale.
Visit the Website http://www.nextflex.us/
EU Research Programs
SURFAS – Flexible Smart SURFaces For Augmented Indoor CommunicationS
The project aims to find a greener alternative to the current smoke alarms on the market by creating a self-powered energy device that works by using ambient electromagnetic waves. This device can then be used in place of batteries, making smoke alarms more energy efficient and much more cost effective for consumers. With around 13.5 million smoke alarms in the France (Channel) England area alone (5.6 million in France and in 7.9 million England), annual energy savings could reach as much as 12.7MWh.
Project SURFAS will develop an additional device that will significantly increase the range of Wi-Fi signals produced by household routers without consuming additional power. The device would provide a more energy efficient alternative to the Wi-Fi boosters which are currently used to improve Wi-Fi signals. This could lead to an annual energy saving of 5.9GWh if all the 225,000 Wi-Fi boosters in the Channel area were replaced.
Once developed, the two devices will be shared with SMEs (more than 200 in the France (Channel) England zone) to encourage the uptake and long-term production of the devices after the project has ended.
The SURFAS consortium consists of 6 partners from France and the UK, including Intrinsiq Materials Ltd (UK), Greensystech (Fr), University of Kent (UK), Projaction (Fr), University of Surrey (UK) and ESIGELEC-IRSEEM (Fr) as the project lead.
Visit the Surfas Website here: http://www.surfas-project.eu/
Visit the Interreg Website: Interreg – SURFAS
Download the flyer here: Intrereg_Project_SURFAS_2017
End Date: 31st May 2020
This work is carried out as part of project SURFAS, an Interreg France (Channel) England cross-border cooperation project. The project is co-financed by ERDF: Project number 96
INSPIRED – INdustrial Scale Production of Innovative nanomateRials for printEd Devices
The focus of the INSPIRED project is to fundamentally improve the current understanding of printed electronics. The migration towards low-cost, liquid-based, high-resolution deposition and patterning using high throughput techniques, such as inkjet printing, requires that suitable functional nanomaterials formulations (e.g. inks) are available for end users in industrially relevant quantities. The INSPIRED project will address this fundamental issue within the printed electronics industry by ensuring that suitable functional nanomaterials formulations (inks) are available for end users in industrial scale quantities. Production of these nanomaterial formulations on an industrial scale and then depositing them using cost-effective, high throughput printing technologies enables rapid production of printed electronic components, on a wide variety of substrates, therefore enabling new electronics applications whilst overcoming the problems associated with traditional manufacturing.
Joanneum Research mbH, Thomas Swan Ltd, M-Solv Ltd, BioNanoNet mbH, EuroLCDs, TouchNetix, Nanogap, NIA, Tecnalia, University of Santiago de Compostela, Universitá di Bologna.
Supported by: EU H2020
Visit the Website: www.nano-inspired.eu
End Date: December 2018
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 646155.
HI-RESPONSE – High Resolution Electro-Static Printing Of Multifunctional Materials
The Hi-Response project is based on the development of a highly innovative Pulsed Electro-Static Printing Technology. ESJET represents a novel deposition technique capable of applying functional inks in a viscosity range, droplet volume and at a frequency currently not available for classic piezo-based ink jet technologies, but bearing the fundamental capability to fulfill market requirements in various fields.
Precision Varionic Instruments Ltd, Queen Mary University of London, Infineon, Fraunhofer IAP, Joanneum Reseach mbH, Orbotech, Zytrinoc, Piher Sensors and Controls, Advanced Automotive Antennas, TNO, IMEC, BioNanoNet.
Supported by: EU H2020
End Date: December 2018
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 646296.
The FLEXOLIGHTING programme is focussed on research and innovations in materials, processes and device technology for OLED lighting with the intention of building a supply chain within Europe. The aim is to realise OLED devices over a large area/surface with high brightness, high uniformity and long lifetime. A demonstrator will be built and delivered at the end of the project. The main targets are (i). The cost of the lighting panels should be less than Euro 1 per 100 lumens. (ii) High luminous efficiency, in excess of 100 lm/W with improved out-coupling efficiency. (iii) White light lifetime of at least 1000 hours at 97% of the original luminance of 5000 cdm-2. (iv) The materials and the devices therefrom will allow for differential aging of the colours, thus maintaining the same colour coordinates and CRI over its use. (v) Attention will be paid to recyclability and environmental impact of the materials and the OLED lighting systems. The FLEXOLIGHTING project will also ensure European industrial leadership in lighting.
Brunel University, Tata Steel, Novalia Ltd, Robinson Brothers Ltd, Aixtron SE, Beneq Oy, Marks and Spencer’s.
Supported by: EU H2020
End Date: December 2017
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 644272.
PLASMAS – Printed Logic for Applications of Screen Matrix Activation Systems
PLASMAS directly builds on world-leading nano-materials, printing and display device technologies developed and patented by the consortium members. Our consortium is unique in that it covers the entire supply chain. PLASMAS directly addresses the current commercialisation barriers by demonstrating the capability of technology (based on novel copper and silicon inks with favourable cost to performance ratios) through development of printed circuit boards and printed logic as well as displays with printed copper and silicon-based back panels and established “self-emissive” OLEDs and “reflective” low power electrochromic elements. PLASMAS will make a significant step forward in commercialising these technologies and ensuring that the commercial benefits are maximised for the EU.
Joanneum Research mbH, Acreo, Fraunhofer IAP, C-Tech Innovation Ltd, 3D Micromac AG, Cyprus University of Technology, Gemalto SA, Precision Varionic International Ltd, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
Supported by: EU Framework 7
Visit the Website: http://www.plasmaseu.eu
End Date: April 2017
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 604568.
PRESTEGE – PRinted ElectronicS applied to the manufacture of ThermoElectric Generators for Energy harvesting in wireless sensor networks
The project aim was the development of a cost effective, innovative printing process for the manufacture of energy harvesting thermoelectric generators (TEGs). The TEGs produced will be integrated into a novel energy efficient wireless sensor network for the monitoring of district heating pipes.
Utilising the heat from the district heating pipes for the hot side of the TEG and a finned heat sink in the ambient air for the cold side of the TEG an optimised material was required for the delta T of ~60°C.
Intrinsiq Materials’ role in the project was to provide a screen printable bismuth telluride paste. Intrinsiq worked with the University of Surrey and the University of Cardiff to understand the requirements for producing n and p type thermoelectric generating pastes. The TEG paste was developed at Intrinsiq Materials and stencil printed on to a rigid ceramic substrate. This material is also suitable for printing on other substrates, such as flexible polyimide film.
The TEG paste was tested by European Thermodynamics Ltd who confirmed both the n and p type pastes had state of the art thermoelectric properties.
The PRESTEGE consortium consists of 4 partners from Finland and the UK, including Intrinsiq Materials Ltd (UK), Fimator Oy (FI), VTT Technical Research Centre Of Finland (FI) and European Thermodynamics Ltd (UK) as the project lead.
Supported by: EUREKA member countries, the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme and Eurostars.
Visit the Eurostars website for the grant agreement: Eurostars PRESTEGE
End Date: March 2016 (Completed)
View the YouTube video here: PRESTEGE Project
This project has received funding from Eurostars, Co-funded by EUREKA member countries and the European Union Horizon 2020 Framework Programme project number 8619
UK Research Programs
HI-PROSPECTS – HIgh-resolution PRinting Of Solar Photovoltaic EleCTrode Structures
The HI-PROSPECTS project will deliver novel cost-effective copper front contact electrode structures for Silicon PV, increasing cell efficiency by 0.4% and reducing the overall cell cost by 7%. High-resolution fine line grid structures printed on Fluorine Doped Tin Oxide (FTO) coated glass will impart reduced sheet resistance delivering efficiency gains of up to 1% at a reduced cost to existing ITO coated glass. HI-PROSPECTS will additionally support existing perovskite solar cell developments to demonstrate FTO with fine line copper grid structures applied to single junction thin film cells with an efficiency of up to 17 % at a cost of less than £ 230 per kWp.
Precision Varionic Instruments Ltd, Queen Mary University of London, SPECIFIC, University College London, Johnson Matthey, NSG Pilkington Glass.
Project End: October 2018
AMPS – Additive Manufacturing for Packaging Semiconductors
The AMPS project will provide the materials and laser process technology that enables high-density electronic metallisation structures for 2.5D and 3D semiconductor packaging systems using glass interposers, therefore ensuring the UK plays a valuable role in the supply chain on the next generation of semiconductor packaging architectures. The consortium partners have IPR and a route to exploitation which, when combined, forms a technology ideal to meet the technological and economic needs of the industry. IML’s nano-seed material, deposited and patterned by M-Solv’s equipment allows copper to be plated in an additive process with low waste and high density of circuitisation.
End Date: March 2017
AMMETEX – Advanced Materials and MEtamaterial Structures for MetaTEXtiles
The AMMETEX project will investigate the feasibility of ‘MetaTextiles’ – prototyping electromagnetic metamaterials including meta-textiles and meta-surfaces from a textile design-based perspective, using low-cost high-performance print technologies and their associated nanoscale printing inks. The aim is to explore experimental material manipulation techniques to achieve periodic textile surfaces that can accomplish tasks required in transformation electromagnetics/optic devices while being considered continuous and effective at specific frequency bands. The project will identify a feasible design and manufacturing solution and carry out a simple proof of concept demonstrator to show the potential for applying MetaTextiles to high-speed mm-wave communication links.
Queen Mary College London.
End date: December 2016
FAST-LAPS – FAST LAser Precision Sintering
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 project 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 sintering technology to enable high output, low-cost and high-quality roll to roll manufacture of electronic devices and structures (touch screen, solar cells, and intelligent packaging).
Project End: September 2016
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