National Research Council Canada

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The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development. NRC's Printable Electronics (PE) initiative coordinates key industrial areas - materials, ink, printing, and packaging - as a springboard for a profitable, large-scale PE sector. NRC seeks new partners to collaborate with us and with leading members of the Canadian Printable Electronics industry to conduct product-driven applied research. Collaborators Raymor, Xerox Research Centre Canada, Caledon Controls, and GGI International will demonstrate their capabilities at NRC's booth. NRC PE current research priorities encompass Functional Materials, Functional Devices and Functional Imprinting.
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2020
22 Jan

Neutron Diffraction Used for the First Time to Improve Batteries

The first battery innovation project in Europe using hi-tech neutron diffraction techniques has been launched in Spain under the Consortium for Battery Innovation's new technical program.
2019
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.
8 Aug

Material for wearables that can self heal after being stretched or cut

A research team announced a new material, developed via joint convergence research, that simultaneously possesses high stretchability, high electrical conductivity, and self-healability even after being subjected to severe mechanical strain.
22 Jul

Improving accessibility of cold spray additive manufacturing

3D printing of metal-based parts, also known as metal additive manufacturing technologies, is a rapidly growing industry with significant potential for new uses in the automotive and aerospace industries, among others.
1 Feb

A sustainable and recyclable thermoelectric paper

Researchers have created a new concept of thermoelectric material, a device composed of cellulose, produced in situ in the laboratory by bacteria, with small amounts of a conductive nanomaterial, carbon nanotubes, using a sustainable and environmentally friendly strategy.
2018
6 Nov

Canada representation again strong at this year's IDTechEx Show!

The annual IDTechEX Show! will take place this coming November 14 and 15 in Santa Clara, CA, with another strong Canadian delegation set to attend.
30 Apr

Columbus Superconductors

Columbus are a magnesium diboride (MgB2) wire manufacturer who have commercialized their wire products. This interview was conducted in April 2018, but due to confidentiality agreements has been published in July 2019.
2017
30 Aug

EU's future cyber-farms to utilise drones, robots and sensors

Bee-based maths is helping teach swarms of drones to find weeds, while robotic mowers keep hedgerows in shape.
16 May

New robotic fish for environmental monitoring

A group of researchers are designing autonomous underwater vehicle with biosensors to monitor water quality.
3 Mar

Scalable 100% yield production of conductive graphene inks

Conductive inks based on graphene and layered materials are key for low-cost manufacturing of flexible electronics, novel energy solutions, composites and coatings. A new method for liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite paves the way for scalable production.
2016
12 Dec

Thermoelectric material in paintable liquid form

A new study has succeeded in developing a new technique that can be used to turn industrial waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications.
2 Aug

Smart bricks will transform how buildings work

Smart bricks capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity from sunlight are being developed by a team of scientists.
11 Jul

Li-air battery technology: tough road ahead

In mid 2016, A. Laforgue, Automotive and Surface Transportation, National Research Council of Canada and collaborators issued a paper "Assessment of the Li-air battery technology for automotive applications through the development of a multi-electrode solid-state prototype". It comes at a time when the US Department of the Environment has told IDTechEx it has de-emphasised research on this option because of fundamental limitations.
25 Jan

Interview: Tangio Printed Electronics & Research Council Canada

Video interview with Tangio Printed Electronics and the National Research Council Canada at the Printed Electronics USA event.
2015
24 Dec

Energy storage devices created by printing with Manganese Dioxide ink

MnO2 has always been regarded as an ideal material for the electrodes of energy storage devices.
29 Sep

Canada's printable electronics industry is gaining steam

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association is working to achieve market-driven collaboration among their membership for Canada to compete on the global stage.
18 Sep

CPEIA, PAC launch IntelliPACK

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association and PAC, Packaging Consortium are advancing the development and adoption of new products and applications enabled with printable, organic and flexible electronics for the global packaging industry with IntelliPACK.
25 May

Utilizing vitamin C to develop lithium-sulfur batteries

Korean researchers have developed a new type of lithium-sulfur battery that uses vitamin C with a 20% improvement in performance over current batteries.
29 Apr

Printable Electronics - Growing a Thriving Ecosystem in Canada

National Research Council Canada, Canada
15 Apr

Graphene and organic composites in electronics

Chemists from Europe's Graphene Flagship review the potential for graphene-organic composite materials in electronics. The researchers show how organic semiconductors can be used to better process graphene, and to tune its properties for particular applications.