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Article | New industrial production processes
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Components made from printed electronics are flexible, conformable, and cost-effective to produce, making them perfect for the booming mobile device market as well as for applications in building materials and systems and healthcare. CEA Tech institute Liten covers the entire value chain, from formulating inks and enhancing the printing techniques (screen printing, slot-die, flexography, heliography) used on flexible materials like plastic, paper, and textiles through to layer characterization.
The institute’s intensive research has helped to improve component reliability and reproducibility and lengthen component lifespans to two or three years. The institute recently successfully produced photodetectors, transistors, and sensors (strain gauges) on a flexible plastic substrate.
Liten’s printing techniques are compatible with large areas (up to 32 cm x 38 cm) and offer the added benefit of being able to personalize the design and position of sensors on a given surface, regardless of whether the surface is planar or curved.
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A capacitive plastic part prototype that meets the automotive industry’s requirements was recently developed in partnership with SE2D (Symbiose Engineering Design Development).
For the first time ever, a 256-pixel active matrix was printed at the PICTIC platform at Liten, a CEA Tech institute. This is the first-ever system-level demonstrator and it confirms the potential of printed electronics for industrial-scale manufacturing to equip tomorrow’s high-tech devices.
Joint R&D conducted by CEA Tech institute Liten, chemical-industry leader Arkema, and Arkema subsidiary Piezotech won an Innovation Award at TechConnect World 2016. The award recognized the partners’ growing knowledge of printed electronics.
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CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.