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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2021
27 Apr 2021

German Aerospace and Wind Energy Technology to Advance Tidal Turbine

Sustainable Marine is adopting cutting-edge aerospace and wind energy technology in a new project to drive the evolution of tidal turbine foils (blades).
8 Apr 2021

Source Technology for the Use of Wearable Devices Without Recharging

Despite the continued development and commercialization of various wearable electronic devices, such as smart bands, progress with these devices has been curbed by one major limitation, as they regularly need to be recharged. However, a new technology has become a hot topic, as it shows significant potential to overcome this limitation for wearable electronic devices.
24 Mar 2021

intelliFLEX Innovation Alliance Virtual CPES2021 a Big Success

This 6th international Symposium of Canada's premier conference and trade show exhibition for flexible and hybrid electronics (FHE) took place virtually this week. More than 180 colleagues from over 80 organizations in 15 countries around the World connected, contributed and learned.
3 Mar 2021

Soft and Comfortable E-Textiles

Advances in wearable devices have enabled e-textiles, which fuse lightweight and comfortable textiles with smart electronics, and are garnering attention as the next-generation wearable technology. In particular, fiber electronic devices endowed with electrical properties, while retaining the specific characteristics of textiles, are key elements in manufacturing e-textiles.
9 Feb 2021

Rapid, Reliable On-Site Drug Detection Using Wearable Sensor

Researchers have developed a wearable sensor that can detect illegal drugs in sweat by using a flexible, wearable sensor.
27 Jan 2021

Energy Harvesting Made Possible with Skin Temperature

Researchers have developed flexible thermoelectric devices with high power generation performance by maximizing flexibility and heat transfer efficiency. The researchers also presented a mass-production plan through an automated process including a printing process.
2020
16 Dec 2020

Transparent Electronics Materials, Markets 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He, Dr Richard Collins, Dr Matthew Dyson, Raghu Das and Luke Gear
6 Nov 2020

A Material that Bruises Like the Skin?

Human skin bruises when the tissue and muscle in the area suffer trauma or become damaged due to an application of blunt force. However, when an object suffers an impact that is expected to damage, it is necessary to examine every inch of the surface of the material to understand the extent of the damaged.
22 Oct 2020

Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Michael Dent and Dr Richard Collins
17 Sep 2020

Photovoltaics that can be Applied like Paint

Researchers have successfully developed a high-efficiency large-area organic solution processable solar cell by controlling the speed at which the solution of raw materials for solar cells became solidified after being coated.
22 Jul 2020

Remote Specimen Collection Robot

The robot system is composed of a master device controlled by medical personnel and a slave robot that interacts with patients. The slave robot is equipped with a disposable swab, which retrieves samples from the nose and mouth of a patient, and moves according to the operation of the master device.
22 Jun 2020

Materials Opportunities in Emerging Photovoltaics 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Xiaoxi He
29 May 2020

Large Scale Stretchable and Transparent Electrodes

A research team has developed a large-scale stretchable and transparent electrode for the stretchable display.
27 Apr 2020

Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He and Raghu Das
15 Apr 2020

Safety Sticker Indicates Spoiled Food

Can we tell with the naked eye if any cold-chain food products that we have received have gone bad? A cold-chain safety sticker has been developed, which indicates whether any cold-chain food products, such as fish, meat, and fruits and vegetables, have spoiled.
15 Apr 2020

Development of Attachable Sticker Type Rechargeable Batteries

As demands for lighter and smaller wearable devices and high functional IoT gadgets rise, there is a growing need for new technologies for power collection, storage, management.
8 Apr 2020

Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He and Daniele Gatti
1 Apr 2020

How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? A group of leaders in the field of robotics say yes, and outline a number of examples.
24 Mar 2020

Zero Emission Electric Vehicle Charging: Off-Grid 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
12 Mar 2020

Roll-Up TVs and Bendable Smartphones: Choices for Flexible Electronics

A future with foldable, bendable, flexible and ultrathin electronics is fast becoming our present. The materials responsible for these consumer goods are typically polymers — plastics — that conduct electricity. To better understand this promising class of substances, scientists developed a technique that uses light to quickly and accurately test materials' conductivity — and potentially reveal behavior that other methods could not.