Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors


Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


DHgate

Home > Press > Functional Printing Enables Next Wave of Mass Produced Electronic

Advanced ink-jet printing machine for the production of organic electronics. (Source: FUJIFILM Dimatix)
Advanced ink-jet printing machine for the production of organic electronics. (Source: FUJIFILM Dimatix)

Abstract:
LOPE-C - Functional Printing - May 31 to June 2, 2010 - Frankfurt, Germany

Functional Printing Enables Next Wave of Mass Produced Electronic

Frankfurt, Germany | Posted on January 20th, 2010

Large-area, organic and printed electronics - complementing traditional silicon-based microelectronics - is at the threshold of mass production, promising a host of thin and lightweight, flexible and robust products. They are manufactured at very low cost by extending well established graphic printing techniques - layering very thin stacks of electronic components, semiconductors, insulators and barriers on polyester substrates. Functional printing enables a multitude of novel applications such as organic solar cells, OLED displays and wall-sized OLED lighting, e-readers, flat batteries, RFID tags, sensors and actuators for ambient intelligence in textiles and smart packaging, even low-cost electronic gadgets suited for one-time use - easily integrated in our familiar living surroundings.

LOPE-C 2010 (Large-area, Organic and Printed Electronics Convention), the annual conference and exhibition of the OE-A, held May 31 to June 2, 2010, at the Congress Center, Messe Frankfurt, Germany, will demonstrate the latest process technologies and applications to a worldwide audience of technologists, investors and end-users.

Low Cost Electronics: Printed Roll to Roll

Functional printing of mass-produced organic electronics is based on various rapidly evolving processes: flexographic printing, a subset of relief printing, transfers the ink from a printing form to plastic substrates. A variation of flexo is gravure printing, in which the printing pattern is defined by very small cups engraved in a printing cylinder. Gravure is a low-pressure technique enabling the use of organic dissolvent. Offset, a flat printing technique widely used for high-volume graphics and delivering excellent resolution at a very high throughput, is an additional option.

Screen printing is another high potential for mass producing organic electronics. Currently applied in PCB manufacturing, screen printing defines the printed pattern through an opaque mask applied to a fine mesh. By applying pressure the ink is forced onto the substrate in the non-masked areas. Rotary screen printing allows printing in thick layers, roll-to-roll. "Roll-to-roll printing opens up new opportunities for mass producing organic devices and systems," says Dr. Christian Maas of Werner Kammann Maschinenfabrik in Bünde, Germany. "High-end screen printing is a versatile basis for highly productive printing and coating applications." Among them, says Maas, are smooth and evenly spread electrodes for defibrillators, disposable glucose test strips, flexible batteries customizable for small portable products, antennas for RFID tags and automotive sealing devices.

A detailed overview of the various printing and patterning technologies as well as current and future applications is given in the "OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics" recently published by the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A).

Inkjet Printing for High Throughput Manufacturing

A strong contender for the printing of organic electronics is inkjet printing. Well known as a ubiquitous office appliance, inkjet uses very small droplets of ink, which are ejected onto the substrate through thermal or piezoelectric effects. Feature sizes of a few micrometers have been achieved. A very important, distinctive property of inkjet is that, due to its digital definition of the printed pattern, each subsequent impression can be different, allowing individual layouts and signatures.

"Inkjet has a bright future in the deposition of digital materials on organic substrates," says Martin Schoeppler, CEO and President of FUJIFILM Dimatix, Santa Clara, CA, USA. Using multiple printheads in parallel tremendously increases throughput - evolving inkjet to a high-quality mass printing technology. "The opportunities are unlimited," Mr. Schoeppler says, "ranging from polymer solar films, flexible polymer-based lighting elements, electronic books and paper-like electronic products to intelligent packaging featuring interactive displays and controls for consumer products."

Atmospheric and Vacuum Coating Processes

There is a host of other patterning techniques, such as laser ablation, vacuum deposition, soft lithography and large-area optical lithography, or solution coating techniques like slot-die, wire bar or curtain coating. Vacuum deposition processes show great potential for large-area roll-to-roll patterning and are pursued by Fraunhofer IPMS in Dresden, Germany. At its core is depositing functional layers for organic photovoltaics and OLED lighting devices on flexible substrates.

As an alternative, an atmospheric plasma-based powder coating technology for micro- and nanoparticle deposition has been developed by Reinhausen Plasma of Regensburg, Germany. "Plasmadust," as the process is called, works with materials such as Al, Cu, Zn and polymers, achieving high deposition rates at a low temperature load of the substrate. Among the applications are plasma and laser sintering, solar cell wafer metallization, and the manufacturing of thinfilm batteries and fuel cells.

Enabling Electronics Everywhere

Large-area, organic and printed electronics in its various production technologies is enabling vast opportunities for attractive consumer goods and intelligent packaging. Interactive periodicals, combining print and online content, are close to being introduced. Also on the agenda are medical applications, organic photovoltaics and lighting. The mid-term outlook for organic and printed electronics is evidenced in the current third edition of the official OE-A Roadmap White Paper. The latest progress in products and processes will be demonstrated hands-on at LOPE-C 2010.

####

About LOPE-C
LOPE-C (Large Area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention) is the leading, fully industry-sponsored annual conferences and exhibition of organic and printed electronics. LOPE-C presents the economic trends and the scope of scientific achievements in the field. The convention focuses on the production and application of organic and printed electronics. LOPE-C 2010 is held May 31 to June 2, 2010 at the Congress Center of Messe Frankfurt, Germany. It is jointly organized by the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A) and Messe Frankfurt Ausstellungen GmbH.

About OE-A

Formed in 2004 as a Working Group within VDMA (German Engineering Federation), the OE-A (Organic Electronics Association) is the foremost professional body representing the worldwide organic and printed electronics industry. With more than 120 members throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, OE-A represents the entire industrial value chain. The OE-A Roadmap, fixing time lines for applications and technologies, is now out in its third edition (2009). www.oe-a.org

About Messe Frankfurt Ausstellungen GmbH

Messe Frankfurt Ausstellungen GmbH is a fully owned subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt GmbH. At an annual turnover of €440m (2008), Messe Frankfurt is the world's largest fair company operating their own fair grounds. The globally active holding operates a worldwide network of 28 daughter companies, five branch offices and 52 international distribution partners and representatives. With this broad-based structure, Messe Frankfurt is present in more than 150 countries, with important industry events in more than 30 locations. In 2008, Messe Frankfurt organized a total of 102 fairs, 60 of which took place in foreign countries.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
LOPE-C Press Contact:
For enquiries regarding LOPE-C 2010 conference topics and events, speaker interviews, etc. please
contact:

Werner Schulz
+49 (0) 30 81 05 89 59

Copyright © LOPE-C

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016

Deep Space Industries and SFL selected to provide satellites for HawkEye 360’s Pathfinder mission: The privately-funded space-based global wireless signal monitoring system will be developed by Deep Space Industries and UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory May 26th, 2016

Display technology/LEDs/SS Lighting/OLEDs

Nanotubes are beacons in cancer-imaging technique: Rice University researchers use spectral triangulation to pinpoint location of tumors May 21st, 2016

This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more May 16th, 2016

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets: Silver nanowires are an ideal material for current and future flexible touch-screen technologies May 13th, 2016

First single-enzyme method to produce quantum dots revealed: Biological manufacturing process, pioneered by three Lehigh University engineers, produces equivalent quantum dots to those made chemically--but in a much greener, cheaper way May 9th, 2016

Chip Technology

Gigantic ultrafast spin currents: Scientists from TU Wien (Vienna) are proposing a new method for creating extremely strong spin currents. They are essential for spintronics, a technology that could replace today's electronics May 25th, 2016

Diamonds closer to becoming ideal semiconductors: Researchers find new method for doping single crystals of diamond May 25th, 2016

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems May 24th, 2016

Attosecond physics: A switch for light-wave electronics May 24th, 2016

Sensors

The next generation of carbon monoxide nanosensors May 26th, 2016

Dartmouth team creates new method to control quantum systems May 24th, 2016

Electronic device detects molecules linked to cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's: An inexpensive portable biosensor has been developed by researchers at Brazil's National Nanotechnology Laboratory with FAPESP's support May 20th, 2016

Making organs transparent to improve nanomedicine (video) May 13th, 2016

Nanoelectronics

Researchers demonstrate size quantization of Dirac fermions in graphene: Characterization of high-quality material reveals important details relevant to next generation nanoelectronic devices May 20th, 2016

Graphene: A quantum of current - When current comes in discrete packages: Viennese scientists unravel the quantum properties of the carbon material graphene May 20th, 2016

New type of graphene-based transistor will increase the clock speed of processors: Scientists have developed a new type of graphene-based transistor and using modeling they have demonstrated that it has ultralow power consumption compared with other similar transistor devices May 19th, 2016

Self-healing, flexible electronic material restores functions after many breaks May 17th, 2016

Announcements

Simple attraction: Researchers control protein release from nanoparticles without encapsulation: U of T Engineering discovery stands to improve reliability and fabrication process for treatments to conditions such as spinal cord damage and stroke May 28th, 2016

Scientists illuminate a hidden regulator in gene transcription: New super-resolution technique visualizes important role of short-lived enzyme clusters May 27th, 2016

Doubling down on Schrödinger's cat May 27th, 2016

Deep Space Industries and SFL selected to provide satellites for HawkEye 360’s Pathfinder mission: The privately-funded space-based global wireless signal monitoring system will be developed by Deep Space Industries and UTIAS Space Flight Laboratory May 26th, 2016

Automotive/Transportation

Technique improves the efficacy of fuel cells: Research demonstrates a new phase transition from metal to ionic conductor May 18th, 2016

A View Through Wood Shows Futuristic Applications: Transparent wood made at UMD could create new windows, cars and solar panels May 5th, 2016

Speedy ion conduction in solid electrolytes clears road for advanced energy devices May 5th, 2016

New spin Seebeck thermoelectric device with higher conversion efficiency created April 26th, 2016

Textiles/Clothing

Programmable materials find strength in molecular repetition May 23rd, 2016

The impact of anti-odor clothing on the environment March 31st, 2016

No more washing: Nano-enhanced textiles clean themselves with light: New technique to grow nanostructures that degrade organic matter when exposed to light March 23rd, 2016

Stretchable electronics that quadruple in length March 4th, 2016

Battery Technology/Capacitors/Generators/Piezoelectrics/Thermoelectrics/Energy storage

Distance wireless charging enhanced by magnetic metamaterials: A metamaterial shell is capable of multiplying transmission efficiency several times over May 13th, 2016

Abalonyx launches Reduced Graphene Oxide Product: Abalonyx has successfully scaled up production of thermally reduced graphene oxide (rGO) in its Tofte, Norway, production facility. This product is now offered to customers in Kg-quantities May 10th, 2016

Visualizing the Lithiation of a Nanosized Iron-Oxide Material in Real Time: Electron microscopy technique reveals the reaction pathways that emerge as lithium ions are added to magnetite nanoparticles May 9th, 2016

Speedy ion conduction in solid electrolytes clears road for advanced energy devices May 5th, 2016

Events/Classes

Novel gene therapy shows potential for lung repair in asthma May 18th, 2016

Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals' Preclinical Candidate ARC-LPA Achieves 98% Knockdown and Long Duration of Effect after Subcutaneous Administration May 10th, 2016

Nanometrics Announces Upcoming Investor Events May 10th, 2016

Oxford Instruments Asylum Research and McGill University Announce the McGill AFM Summer School and Workshop, May 12-13, 2016 May 4th, 2016

Solar/Photovoltaic

Harnessing solar and wind energy in one device could power the 'Internet of Things' May 26th, 2016

Light can 'heal' defects in new solar cell materials: Defects in some new electronic materials can be removed by making ions move under illumination May 24th, 2016

This 'nanocavity' may improve ultrathin solar panels, video cameras and more May 16th, 2016

New research shows how silver could be the key to gold-standard flexible gadgets: Silver nanowires are an ideal material for current and future flexible touch-screen technologies May 13th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic