Centre for Plastic Electronics

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Founded in 1907 and consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Imperial has around 12,000 full-time students coming from 123 countries, with approximately 4,000 involved in taught or research based postgraduate studies. Imperial is divided into 3 faculties and a business school.
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2022
25 Apr 2022

Cheaper Solar Cells Could be on the Way

New solar cell devices that are cheaper and easier to make could soon make their way to market thanks to materials. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, which has good efficiency and stability, but is relatively expensive to make and can only be manufactured in stiff panels. Perovskite solar cells offer an intriguing alternative; they can be printed from inks, making them low cost, high efficiency, thin, lightweight and flexible.
12 Apr 2022

KnitRegen

KnitRegen is a UK-based start-up specializing in medical devices for post-stroke rehabilitation.
29 Mar 2022

Highlights from the Future Propulsion Conference 2022

IDTechEx attended the Future Propulsion Conference in Birmingham, UK, a two day conference held on the 2nd and 3rd March 2022. The event was co-hosted by AVL Powertrain UK and Imperial College London, bringing together industry and academic experts within the powertrain development field. This article presents highlights from the conference presentations. Conference speakers included Ballard Motive Systems, Changan UK, CNH Industrial, Leyland Trucks, JCB, FEV, Cummins, and Ricardo.
14 Mar 2022

Medical Training Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions

A new approach to producing realistic expressions of pain on robotic patients could help to reduce error and bias during physical examination. A team of researchers has developed a way to generate more accurate expressions of pain on the face of medical training robots during physical examination of painful areas.
8 Mar 2022

Synbiosys

Synbiosys is a start-up based in London, UK that is developing a deep learning-based software for the validation of 3D-printed components. IDTechEx spoke with CEO Jose Videira.
8 Mar 2022

Bendy Robotic Arm Twisted Into Shape With Help of Augmented Reality

The flexible arm can twist and turn in all directions, making it readily customisable for potential applications in manufacturing, spacecraft maintenance, and even injury rehabilitation.
15 Feb 2022

Disorder-Engineered Inorganic Crystals Set Record for Ultrathin Solar

Displayed over roof tops and in solar farms, silicon-based solar cells are, so far, one of the most efficient systems in generating electricity from sunlight, but their fabrication can be expensive and energy demanding, aside from being heavy and bulky. The alternative solution of lower-cost thin film solar cells also brings the caveat of being mainly composed of toxic elements such as lead or cadmium, or containing scarce elements such as indium or tellurium.
2021
28 Dec 2021

Phosphorene Nanoribbons Live up to Hype in First Demonstration

Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency. Phosphorene nanoribbons are ribbon-like strands of the 2D material phosphorous, which, similar to graphene, are made of single-atom-thick layers of atoms. PNRs were first produced in 2019, and hundreds of theoretical studies have predicted how their properties could enhance all kinds of devices, including batteries, biomedical sensors, and quantum computers.
22 Dec 2021

Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Scientists have shown how electricity is transported in printed 2D materials, paving the way for design of flexible devices for healthcare and beyond.
17 Aug 2021

Econic Technologies

Econic Technologies is a British start-up working to commercialize catalyst technologies that incorporate carbon dioxide into polymers with a wide range of downstream applications. In August 2021, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Hydra Rodrigues spoke to Econic's CEO, Keith Wiggins.
30 Jul 2021

New SecQuAL Consortium Launches

A group of eleven UK companies has been awarded funding by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for a project designed to bring technology to the fore in the farm-to-fork ecosystem. The award is part of 'Made Smarter Innovation delivered by UK Research and Innovation'
24 Jun 2021

FedTech (printed sensors)

FedTech is a start-up 'venture builder' that aims to provide support and funding to early stage technology-based start-ups. IDTechEx caught up with FedTech partner John Cole to discuss a current project that aims to commercialize low-cost printed gas sensors for food quality monitoring.
23 Jun 2021

Lead From Leaded Petrol Persists in London Air Despite '90s Ban

Lead levels in London's atmosphere have dropped drastically since lead additives in petrol were phased out, and currently meet UK air quality targets. However despite this drop, airborne particles in London are still highly lead-enriched compared to natural background levels, according to new research.
14 Jun 2021

New Generation of Supercapacitors to Electrify Green Transportation

Scientists have created a new generation of low-cost, high-energy supercapacitors to power electric vehicles. Researchers have produced a cheaper, more sustainable and energy-dense electrode material for supercapacitors which could pave the way for wider market penetration of this high-power, quick charging electric vehicle technology.
5 May 2021

PivotBuoy Floating Wind Platform for Canaries Deployment

X1 Wind is preparing to deploy its ground-breaking PivotBuoy floating wind technology in the Canary Islands after successfully completing the assembly and load-out of a fully-functional prototype.
20 Apr 2021

Genetic Modification to Stop Mosquitoes Spreading Malaria

Altering a mosquito's gut genes to make them spread antimalarial genes to the next generation of their species shows promise for curbing malaria.
25 Feb 2021

Low Cost Perovskite Photovoltaics that Match Silicon Cells' Output

Perovskites are a leading candidate for eventually replacing silicon as the material of choice for solar panels. They offer the potential for low-cost, low-temperature manufacturing of ultrathin, lightweight flexible cells, but so far their efficiency at converting sunlight to electricity has lagged behind that of silicon and some other alternatives.
15 Feb 2021

AI Controlled Hydrogen Storage Technology

With the HyAI project demonstration underway and live until summer 2021, initial results have indicated that the AI-enabled approach can produce hydrogen in a more cost-effective way, while also helping to alleviate stresses on the national grid.
26 Jan 2021

CE Mark for Breakthrough 24-7 Blood Pressure Monitoring System

Aktiia today announced the first 24-7, automated blood pressure monitoring system that easily and comfortably gathers data during the day and while sleeping. This groundbreaking medical innovation will now provide people and their physicians comprehensive insights into blood pressure patterns that will better inform the diagnosis and management of hypertension.
19 Jan 2021

6G Communications Market, Devices, Materials 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr James Edmondson