Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

Printed Electronics, being thin film silicon or inorganic or organic semiconductors, can be used to form Thin Film Transistor Circuits (TFTCs), such as replacing the functionality of simple silicon chips. TFTCs also employ thin film conductors and dielectrics and the ultimate objective is to make many different components at the same time - such as displays, batteries, sensors, microphones etc using the same materials or at least the same deposition techniques thus saving cost and improving reliability. Some TFTCs will be capable of covering large areas to affordably form electronic billboards, smart shelves and so on. They will be lightweight, rugged and mechanically flexible. Often they will be made by rapid, high-volume reel-to-reel processing even forming a part of regular printing processes for graphics. These circuits will be cheap enough to permit electronics where envisaged silicon chips are always or almost always too expensive, where multiple components and needed, and where silicon is impracticle (e.g. not flexible, brittle, thick etc).
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2019
6 Dec

Women in STEM Discussion at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2019

At the IDTechEx Show! USA 2019, in Santa Clara, there was a panel discussion on "Women in STEM". This article summarizes the key topics and points from the discussion.
5 Dec

IDTechEx Show! - Winners of the Graphene Award

At the recent IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara, C2Sense took the award for 'Graphene & 2D Materials - Most Significant Advancement In Graphene, CNT, Or 2D Material Commercialization'. Their application was on 'Selective CNT Gas Sensors' and was a popular choice with the independent judging panel.
5 Dec

Perovskite Nanocrystals More Durable with Plastic Hair and Silica

Perovskite nanocrystals hold promise for improving a wide variety of optoelectronic devices - from lasers to light emitting diodes - but problems with their durability still limit the material's broad commercial use.
4 Dec

Battery-Free Computer Input at Your Fingertips

Computer scientists have created a device for wearable computer input suitable for many situations, just by touching your fingertips together in different ways.
4 Dec

Using Electronics to Solve Common Biological Problems

Researchers from multiple disciplines are working together to develop bioelectronics that can detect diseases, treat cancers and track marine animals; they may even discover the next generation of computing systems.
4 Dec

New Interface Creates Touch Sensations, Users Feel and Sense Objects

Hap2U, a haptics developer specialized in integrating sensory intelligence into tactile surfaces, announces that it will unveil Hap2Phone, the world's first haptic smartphone allows users to feel and sense, for the first time, objects in photos appearing on their touchscreens.
3 Dec

Old Newspapers Used to Grow Carbon Nanotubes

A research collaboration has found that old newspapers can be used as a low cost, eco-friendly material on which to grow single walled carbon nanotubes on a large scale.
3 Dec

Stretchable, Highly Conductive Film Promising for Wearable Electronics

Engineers have made a breathable material that is both highly stretchable and has good electrical conductivity, making it promising for on-skin electronics for people and wiring for robots.
2 Dec

Clear, Conductive Coating Protects Advanced Solar Cells, Touch Screens

Researchers have improved on a transparent, conductive coating material, producing a tenfold gain in its electrical conductivity. When incorporated into a type of high-efficiency solar cell, the material increased the cell's efficiency and stability.
2 Dec

innoLAE 2020: Breakthrough Technologies and New Applications

The 6th Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE) returns to the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge, UK on 21-22 January 2020, to deliver a programme highlighting the most innovative and exciting aspects of large-area electronics (LAE) - a new way of making electronics which includes printable, flexible, plastic, organic and bio- electronics.
29 Nov

New Metallic Material for Flexible Soft Robots

'Origami robots' are state-of-the-art soft and flexible robots that are being tested for use in various applications including drug delivery in human bodies, search and rescue missions in disaster environments and humanoid robotic arms.
29 Nov

Wood is the Surprising Ingredient in Electrodes for Wearables

Wood fibres are being used by researchers to create a new class of stronger and lower-cost electrodes for even lighter and long-lasting flexible electronics and wearables.
28 Nov

Scratching the Surface of Perovskites

Versatile compounds called perovskites are valued for their application in next generation solar energy technologies. Despite their efficiency and relative cheapness, perovskite devices have yet to be perfected; they often contain atomic-level structural defects.
27 Nov

IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2019 Award Winners

At the 16th IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition held in Santa Clara on November 20-21, three organizations were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
27 Nov

Ripple in Flexible Material Could Improve Electronic Properties

Two-dimensional materials — those either only an atom or layer thick — display a number of interesting properties and could form the foundation for a range of new devices. One of these materials, molybdenum disulfide, has shown an unusual flexibility that could make it attractive as a semiconducting component of bendable electronics.
26 Nov

Women in STEM discussion at the IDTechEx Show! USA 2019

At the IDTechEx Show! USA 2019, in Santa Clara, there was a panel discussion on "Women in STEM". This article summarizes the key topics and points from the discussion.
26 Nov

Perovskite Solar Cells Can Capture More Electricity

Scientists have developed a method to analyse which pairs of materials in next-generation perovskite solar cells will harvest the most energy.
25 Nov

Clim8

IDTechEx spoke with Claire Ortiz, recently appointed VP Business Development, North America for Clim8, at the IDTechEx Show. They displayed their product, licensed to Odlo (I-Thermic) at their display on "Demonstration Street" at the event.
25 Nov

Creative Materials

A background profile on the talk Creative materials gave at the IDTechEx Show 2019.
25 Nov

TFD

TFD (Thin Film Devices) create thin film coatings for thin film devices. IDTechEX met them at the IDTechEx Show! 2019 in Santa Clara.