University of Cape Town

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The Nanosciences Innovation Centre is unique, in that it has a dual focus on Research and Innovation into the science and application of nanostructured materials. Currently its main development focus is on printed electronics applications of silicon and other inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles.
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2024
28 Feb 2024

Printed and Flexible Sensors 2024-2034: Technologies, Players, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Jack Howley and Dr Tess Skyrme
2022
5 Oct 2022

Wearable Sensors 2023-2033

IDTechEx Report: Dr Tess Skyrme
29 Sep 2022

Solar Power for Informal Housing in South Africa

For informal settlements in South Africa, access to electricity is dangerous or non-existent, and households rely on dirty and expensive alternatives. Zonke Energy's unique mini-grid architecture provides clients with essential energy services such as lighting, all the way up to refrigeration.
2021
12 Mar 2021

Printed and Flexible Electronics for Automotive Applications 2021-2031: Technologies and Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr James Edmondson and Raghu Das
2020
16 Nov 2020

Newton Prize 2020 Award to Fund Solar Micro-Grids in Cape Town

A remarkable project that aims to bring safe and reliable energy to informal settlements in South Africa has won the Chair's Prize in the 2020 Newton Fund awards.
13 Nov 2020

Materials for Printed/Flexible Electronics 2021-2031: Technologies, Applications, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das
9 Jun 2020

PST Sensors

PST Sensors manufacture printed, flexible, thin film temperature sensors based on a silicon nanoparticle composite ink. They are based in both the UK and South Africa, and also develop integrated sensing systems that utilize their printed thermistor technology.
2019
27 Feb 2019

Automated shark-spotting project

The Shark Spotters, the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa at UCT and PatternLab SaRL have launched a project aimed at developing a low-cost, computer-vision-based, automatic, shark detection algorithm to be used on fixed cameras above Cape Town's beaches.
2015
10 Mar 2015

Low-impact hub generates electrical current from pure plant power

Green wall technology and semi-transparent solar panels have been combined to generate electrical current from a renewable source of energy both day and night.
22 Jan 2015

Printed Flexible Temperature Sensors: PST Sensors interview

PST Sensors (pty) Ltd is a spin-out of the University of Cape Town NanoSciences Innovation Centre. This interview with IDTechEx was taken at the IDTechEx event Printed Electronics USA.
2013
2 Oct 2013

PST Sensors

PST Sensors is in incubation at the University of Cape Town
8 Jul 2013

Printed sensors: an overview

There is an increasingly greater need for a wide choice of sensors to make objects smarter, safer and more responsive. Printing is the natural way to process wet inks and pastes, and it is therefore no surprise that printing has been used to make sensors for years. But there are new materials appearing, taking advantage of the progress that have been enabled by printed electronics. The article gives an overview of what is currently happening in the field of printed sensors. In particular, we will overview main trends in commercialising printed glucose sensors, force and pressure sensors, image and light sensors, gas sensors and temperature sensors. We will highlight key companies commercialising each printed sensor type.
9 May 2013

Printed electronics in East Asia: change of direction

Variously called Printed, Flexible or Organic Electronics, it is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world. It is of vital interest to industries as diverse as consumer goods, healthcare, mobility, electronics, media and architecture.
29 Apr 2013

Highlights from Printed Electronics Europe 2013 in Berlin

17 Apr 2013

PST Sensors announce current switching transistor

On Wednesday 17th April 2013 at the IDTechEx 2013 Printed Electronics Europe Conference and Exhibition, PST Sensors announced the commercial release of the first new type of transistor in 65 years.
20 Mar 2013

How to manufacture printed electronics - live demonstration

On April 17-18, the Printed Electronics Europe conference and exhibition in Berlin, Germany, will feature "Manufacturing Street" - a live, multi-technology, printed electronics demonstration.
2012
25 Dec 2012

PST sensors at the heart of new temperature tag

A consortium led by Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the concept prototype of an integrated printed electronics tag which records, stores and later displays critical temperature information.
7 Dec 2012

Highlights From second day at Printed Electronics USA 2012

The second and final day of Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara really illustrated how far the technologies had progressed and the huge variety of players in the field. The event, organized by IDTechEx, was the best and biggest edition of the series so far. Amongst the attendees were company founders, directors, engineers, academics, but also students and patent attorneys. In particular, there were a large number of end users attending the show.
4 Apr 2012

Printed Silicon for Sensors and Much More

University of Cape Town, South Africa
25 Jan 2012

Thinfilm & PST Sensors join to develop printed temperature tags

Disposable electronic sensor system to tap into existing, large and fast growing markets; improve food safety and reduce waste.