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The Sonoco Institute at Clemson University has a major emphasis on applied research in Printed Electronics. A primary part of our mission is the development of Intelligent Packaging, which depends heavily on printed electronics. Utilizing a cross disciplinary approach, the focus is on the commercial optimization and deposition of advanced materials on flexible substrates. With approximately 10,000 square feet devoted to Printed Electronics, the institute features a state of the art modular platform press (flexo, gravure & rotary screen), and a host of other equipment. Members of the faculty and staff have been involved in printed electronics for a decade. Printed electronics in packaging is a natural fit for Clemson because of the world-class expertise in roll-to-roll processes, advances in materials research, high quality engineering and science programs, and thorough knowledge of the packaging requirements and test procedures.
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22 Mar 2022

In Cold Polar Skies, NASA Rocket Will Watch Aurora Turn up the Heat

If you see the northern lights overhead, chances are you are in a chilly, polar climate. But the cold-weather delights, also known as aurora borealis, high above you are actually an important source of heat. A new NASA mission hopes to fly through an active aurora to study this energy exchange process up close. The launch window for Ion-Neutral Coupling during Active Aurora, or INCAA mission, opens at the Poker Flat Research Range in Poker Flat, Alaska, on March 23.
27 Mar 2020

Innovative Ventilator Device for COVID-19 Patients

Prisma Health has received emergency use authorization from the US Food and Drug Administration for VESper, a unique ventilator expansion device that allows a single ventilator to support up to four patients during times of acute equipment shortages such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. Produced using 3D printing technology, the device is developed with material already in use for medical devices and produced at minimal cost.
5 Dec 2018

Lasers could take 3D printing to next level

Cars that go more than 1,000 miles on a single fill-up and smartphones that can run for days without recharging are among the possibilities that could come out of a new research project that brings together 3D printing and laser processing.
13 Feb 2018

Researchers blaze new ground in wireless energy generation

Researchers are one step closer to wirelessly powering the world using triboelectricity, a green energy source.
24 Oct 2017

Product packaging that can power itself

Smart technology deserves smart packaging and a professor and an alumnus are combining forces to develop packaging so smart it can energize itself.
28 Sep 2017

Researchers charge the energy landscape with novel device

The device is designed to take mechanical motion — like the waves in the ocean, the tap of a foot or the clap of a hand — and transform it into electricity, which can then power lights or electronic devices, such as calculators, among other things.
25 Aug 2017

Turning human waste into plastic

Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new one.
29 Aug 2016

Defect-engineered graphene improves supercapacitors

Making clean energy a large-scale reality entails the integration of renewable energy generation technologies such as solar cells with energy storage devices.
29 Jun 2016

Bite counter new aid in tackling obesity

The Bite Counter device is worn like a watch and tracks wrist motion during eating.
7 Apr 2016

20-kilowatt wireless charging for vehicles

A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system has achieved 90 percent efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles today.
14 Apr 2015

New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants

A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.
6 Mar 2015

2015 FLEXTECH Conference

March 5, 2015 - San Jose, Calif. - 2015FLEX, the Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference & Exhibition, successfully revealed the market pull for flexible electronics through keynote plenaries and focused technical sessions, while exhibits on the show floor attracted numerous end users. Held on February 23-26, 2015 - and for the first time at the Monterey, Calif. Conference Center - 580+ registrants saw first-hand demonstrations of end products, as well as new manufacturing tools and materials. The Flex Conference is sponsored annually by FlexTech Alliance.
15 Jan 2015

FlexTech Alliance announces 3 new development agreements

FlexTech Alliance has announced the awarding of several development agreements in the field of flexible, printed electronics.
17 Mar 2014

90% of heavy industrial EVs using regenerative braking by 2024

Energy harvesting is increasingly used in the tiniest electronic components right up to multiple KW lift and swingarm braking on huge construction vehicles where 1.5 KW thermoelectric harvesting is planned next. However, electrodynamics and photovoltaics are most popular so far, increasingly in combination, and application in vehicles is of increasing importance.
5 Dec 2013

PARC, a Xerox company

21 Nov 2013

Researchers develop novel technique to convert thermoelectric material

The current US energy economy and environment are increasingly threatened by fast-dwindling domestic reserves of fossil fuel coupled with severe environmental impact of fossil fuel combustion.
30 Oct 2013

See How to Print Electronics - Live at Printed Electronics USA

The world's biggest event on Printed Electronics - the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2013 show held in Santa Clara, Ca on Nov 20-21 - will feature "Manufacturing Street" - a live, multi-technology, printed electronics demonstration
9 Jul 2013

Innovators partner to develop wireless vehicle charging technology

The Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) and the S.C. Technology Aviation Center (SCTAC) have contracted with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support a three-year program to develop and test wireless charging systems for electrical vehicles.
20 Sep 2012

Two partners trial Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle charging

Google and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power join Evatran's Apollo Program, the first Program to test and demonstrate wireless charging capability for passenger vehicles.
27 Feb 2012

Plugless Power Apollo Launch Programme

Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) announced recently that it will participate in the 2012 Apollo Launch Program hosted by Evatran, the developer of Plugless Power wireless electric vehicle recharging systems.