Market revolution by printed intelligence
VTT is developing printed intelligence materials, processes and components for commercial applications and markets in international research partnerships and development collaboration with global companies such as Ciba.
VTT and Ciba have signed a long-term co-operation agreement in the field of printed intelligence. The agreement expands current research collaboration to include new printable functionalities in high-volume packaging and diagnostics applications. The collaboration focuses on developing commercial products and solutions that can accelerate the creation of printed intelligence markets in fields such as electronics, diagnostics and packaging. The aim is to develop new kinds of mass-produced functional devices and components, e.g. solar cells, holograms, organic light-emitting devices for signage, sensors and photo diodes. The first jointly developed products and solutions are to be launched in the next few years.
VTT’s development work on printed intelligence technologies and applications is the responsibility of its Centre for Printed Intelligence. The Centre has developed roll-toroll technology and manufacturing techniques for electrically conductive polyaniline, which can be used like ink in printing processes. Both plastic and paper have been used as the printing surface. Possible applications include mass-produced and flexible end-products such as displays, batteries and active intelligent packages.
VTT is involved in the field’s international collaboration in projects such as OLLA and ROLLED. Researchers working in the European ROLLED project have developed a flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) element that can be mass produced using roll-to-roll printing technology. Its many possible applications include measuring the freshness of food contained in packages and preventing product copying. The ROLLED project was co-ordinated by VTT and its participants included INM, CSEM, Ciba, Hansaprint, UPM and PolylC.
Researchers working in the OLLA project are developing solutions whereby organic light-emitting diodes made using superconductors can be printed on flexible surfaces and applied in large-area illumination. They can also be used in lighting systems in which colour control allows the user to change the mood and atmosphere of his or her home. Over 20 leading European research institutes and companies with expertise in lighting applications or organic electronics and materials participated in the OLLA project.
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