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Printed, Flexible and Organic Electronics

IDTechEx provides independant analysis, views and reports on "the new electronics" - ultra-high volume, low cost, laminar electronic products. These are creating huge new markets, and often require alternative manufacturing processes to the traditional electronics industry.
Atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits

Atoms-thick Post-It notes for solar cells and circuits

Sep 25, 2017 United States
Over the past half-century, scientists have shaved silicon films down to just a wisp of atoms in pursuit of smaller, faster electronics. For the next set of breakthroughs, though, they'll need novel ways to build even tinier and more powerful devices.
A simple additive to improve film quality

A simple additive to improve film quality

Sep 22, 2017 Saudi Arabia
Thin films for use in solar cells are more effective when simple chemicals called glycol ethers are added to the film-forming mix.
A solar cell you can put in the wash

A solar cell you can put in the wash

Sep 21, 2017 Japan
Scientists have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed.
Webinar Tuesday 3 October - RAIN RFID: Market Size, Opportunities

Webinar Tuesday 3 October - RAIN RFID: Market Size, Opportunities

Sep 20, 2017 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Tuesday 3 October 2017 titled RAIN RFID: Market Size, Opportunities and Outlook.
3-D-printing materials for wound care and decorative elements

3-D-printing materials for wound care and decorative elements

Sep 20, 2017 Finland
Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D-printing pastes.
Conductive inks: never ceasing to adapt

Conductive inks: never ceasing to adapt

Sep 19, 2017
Cast your mind back a few years and you will find a conductive ink business that appeared very mature and slow moving. Then everything began to change...
Solar cells can be healed with light

Solar cells can be healed with light

Sep 19, 2017 United Kingdom
Researchers have shown that defects in the molecular structure of perovskites - a material which could revolutionise the solar cell industry - can be "healed" by exposing it to light and just the right amount of humidity.
Solar powered e-paper panel display at San Diego airport

Solar powered e-paper panel display at San Diego airport

Sep 19, 2017 United States
Computer controls allow the e-paper panels to act as individual pixels that collectively display more than 15 unique, artist-designed animations.
Peel-and-go printable structures fold themselves

Peel-and-go printable structures fold themselves

Sep 18, 2017 United States
As 3-D printing has become a mainstream technology, industry and academic researchers have been investigating printable structures that will fold themselves into useful three-dimensional shapes when heated or immersed in water.
Artificial skin gives robotic hand a sense of touch

Artificial skin gives robotic hand a sense of touch

Sep 15, 2017 United States
A team of researchers has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices.
Innovation could mean flexible batteries for pacemakers

Innovation could mean flexible batteries for pacemakers

Sep 14, 2017 1 Ireland
While the findings show that there are many advantages in the medical world, the organic storage device could also provide solutions in wearable electronics and portable electronic devices, making these more flexible.