Nanomaterials for Printed Electronics

P. Malenfant
National Research Council of Canada,

Keywords: printable electronics, nanomaterials


The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for research and technology development. NRC’s Printable Electronics (PE) program develops key technologies – materials, inks, printing processes, in order to enable a competitive and sustainable PE sector in Canada. Progress has been made over the last 15 years, yet many challenges remain at the materials, fabrication and integration level, limiting performance and commercialization. We have taken a targeted approach that balances short-term client needs with fundamental research focused on materials and fabrication. During this presentation, we will describe the development of screen printable conductive molecular inks that offer a compelling alternative to traditional flake-and nanoparticle based inks. I will also highlight our progress towards developing a printable thin film transistor (TFT) materials package, including our collaborative efforts with Sunchon University on fully printed Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Based (SWCNT) based TFT arrays for NFC and e-paper. We believe that the development of such new electronic materials and their successful integration will enable additive manufacturing of electronic devices with new capabilities.