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Holst Centre and NovaCentrix partner to advance photonic curing

Holst Centre and NovaCentrix have announced a partnership to advance the study and application of photonic curing technologies. The collaboration unites NovaCentrix's industry-leading photonic curing equipment and applications engineering with Holst Centre's in-depth knowledge of sintering and real-time process instrumentation. Together, the partners aim to speed the development of new generations of photonic curing equipment, materials and processes.
Sintering turns patterns of metallic inks into conductive structures and is a key technique in the production of printed electronics. Photonic curing - sometimes also referred to as photo sintering, flash sintering or intense pulsed light processing (IPL) - dries, sinters and anneals materials using intense bursts of light. It is much faster and works at lower bulk temperatures than conventional thermal methods. This makes it ideal for use with plastic substrates in high-volume roll-to-roll processes for affordable printed electronics applications.
Under the new collaboration, Holst Centre will add a NovaCentrix PulseForge 1300 tool to its world-leading research facility for photonic sintering where it will be used by researchers from Holst Centre and its ecosystem of industrial partners. Insight into the sintering process gained from these experiments and in-situ measurement techniques developed at Holst Centre will enable NovaCentrix to improve equipment simulations and process control. The ultimate goal is to support application development and manufacturing of printed and flexible electronics devices.
"Holst Centre is making great strides in furthering printed and flexible electronics technologies, defining 'state-of-the-art' in many application areas. We will specifically be working with their world-class team on advancements in photonic curing technologies and processes, and with other partners in applying photonic curing to enable new products. By combining work already in progress at Holst Centre with our PulseForge photonic curing tools and Metalon ink technologies, accelerated innovation is inevitable," said Stan Farnsworth, vice president of marketing at NovaCentrix.
"Roll-to-roll production of printed electronics could cut the cost of applications ranging from RFID tags and smart packaging to solar panels and low-energy indoor lighting. At Holst Centre, we believe photonic sintering is a vital building block in these processes and have for some years been working to develop high-performance, photonic sintering technologies that could be applied in an industrial setting. NovaCentrix is the recognized global leader in this field. And our partnership with them will make Holst Centre the center of photonic sintering in the world," said Pim Groen, Program Manager at Holst Centre.
About NovaCentrix

NovaCentrix, based in Austin, Texas, is a leader in printed electronics manufacturing technologies. The state-of-the-art PulseForge® photonic curing tools dry, sinter, and anneal functional inks in milliseconds on low-temperature, flexible substrates such as paper and plastic. The tools process a wide array of metal-based conductive inks, as well as non-metallic and semiconductor inks, and are available with the integrated material and tool simulation package SimPulse™ NovaCentrix also offers high-performance, economical Metalon® conductive inks, including the innovative and award-winning ICI copper-oxide reduction inks which work optimally with PulseForge tools. NovaCentrix also offers printing services with our in-house inkjet, screen ,and flexographic presses. To learn more, please visit External Link.
About Holst
Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D center that develops generic technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and for flexible electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from about 28 nationalities and a commitment from close to 40 industrial partners.
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