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    The Future of Chemistry

Industrial inkjet printing is increasingly considered for advanced manufacturing processes for the deposition of functional fluids across a broad range of industrial applications including Printed Electronics. As inkjet innovators we are focused‚Äč on developing closely with partners for these applications. A number of industries are commercializing products which have taken advantage of this unique digital process and readily solderable solid copper, silver and nano tube circuitry technology.

Batteries

Batteries

Due to the limited availablity of fossil fuels and the development of electric cars, there has been a dramitic increase in demand for the next generation of high power energy sources. Current battery technology is bulky and heavy. Recently with the huge strides forward in carbon nano tubes and other state of the art technologeis there is great progress on the design of thin, light weight batteries. One focus area is the use of inkjet technology to print these thin, flexible power torage devices of the future.
Flexible Circuits

Flexible Circuits

The fastest growing segment of Printed Flexible Circuits is using Digital copper inkjet inks on flexible films.

PCB Photomasks

PCB Photomasks

Most inkjet ink products for PCB applications fall into one of two general categories:
  • 1) Hot-melt or Phase-change inks, comprised mostly of a wax-like material or,
  • 2) UV-curable liquid type inks, with or without some volatile solvent.
Specialized Inkjet printers capable of producing PCB's are becoming commercially available. The proper printhead and printing system, coupled with a suitable ink can produce etched copper patterns for PCB production. Printing times for a suitably configured inkjet system are in the range of traditional lithographic printing and, when coupled with the elimination of photomasks, make fast turnaround production especially attractive.
Photovoltaic/Solar

Photovoltaic/Solar

Inkjet printing can play a roll in most layers of a solar cells. Digitally printing the semiconductor material, and the electrodes onto a solar cell substrate is current state of the art. Both organic and inorganic solar cells can be produced utilizing industrial inkjet printing. Inkjet printed inorganic solar cells are mainly CIGS solar cells. The organic solar cells are polymer based technology. For inorganic cells, generally the inkjet ink is composed of a metal salt mixture(CIGS).For organic technology the ink is a polymer fullerene blend. These materials are what creates the electric power from sunlight. In most cases additional layers of other materials are deposited. Important factors for the efficiency of inkjet printed organic solar cells are the inkjet latency time, the inkjet printing table temperature, and the effect of the chemical properties of the polymer donor.

RFID

RFID

Printed electronics provides a revolutionary pathway toward the realization of ultra-low-cost radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for item-level tracking of consumer goods. Using inkjet printing of novel conductors, dielectrics, and organic semiconductors, the industry has realized printed transistors acceptible mobilities. Performance of these devices is adequate for 135-kHz RFID, and, with further optimization, 13.56-MHz RFID appears to be within reach.

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The Future of Chemistry