University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town

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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27 Feb

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.
27 Feb

Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Lorenzo Grande
1 Nov

Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Lorenzo Grande and Dr Xiaoxi He
24 Nov

Printed and Flexible Sensors 2017-2027: Technologies, Players, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report:
10 Mar

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

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.
2 Oct

PST Sensors

8 Jul

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

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

Highlights from Printed Electronics Europe 2013 in Berlin

17 Apr

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

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.
25 Dec

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

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.
29 Aug

Functional Materials for Future Electronics: Metals, Inorganic & Organic Compounds, Graphene, CNT

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
4 Apr

Printed Silicon for Sensors and Much More

University of Cape Town, South Africa
25 Jan

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.
9 Nov

Demonstrators at the Printed Electronics USA 2011 tradeshow

Three weeks remain until the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 conference and tradeshow, the biggest event in the world on the topic. This year's tradeshow will be the largest Printed Electronics exhibition to date, with 105 exhibiting companies already confirmed to exhibit on the 46,000 sq.ft. tradeshow floor of the Santa Clara Convention Centre.
29 Mar

Printed electronics is now about doing business

Excitingly, the subject has now moved beyond peer reviewed academic papers to doing business. The largest European event on the subject will again be Printed Electronics Europe in Düsseldorf Germany in April 5-6 ( and it will be all about who can sell to whom and how this powerful enabling technology can transform society for the better as well as creating wealth.
21 Feb

Paper electronics ready for prime time

The term paper electronics refers to electronic and electric circuits printed onto paper - increasingly both at the same time. Paper electronics has its origins in the screen printing of electrodes onto battery separators for cylindrical batteries and it has been used for conductors and sensors in such things as T-Ink toys and novelties.