Printing smart and functional polymers for sensor and actuator applications

S. Lanceros
BC Materials,
Spain

Keywords: inkjet printing, polymers

Summary:

Smart and functional polymers and polymer composites offer large application potential in areas such as sensors and actuators, energy generation and storage, among others. The successful development of applications rely both in the ability to proper tailor polymer properties and in their application with suitable fabrication technologies. In this sense, printed smart materials is an area of increasing interest due to low-cost fabrication, simple integration into devices and possibility of obtaining multifunctional materials over large and flexible areas. In this talk, an overview of the main results, strategies and challenges in the development of specific materials, such as piezoelectric and piezoresistive ones, will be shown, together with some of their most interesting applications.