URBANA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electroninks Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have entered into a license agreement under which Electroninks will use conductive ink technology developed by Professor Jennifer Lewis, formerly with the University of Illinois and now at Harvard University, and her graduate students Brett Walker and Analisa Russo. The conductive inks exhibit high conductivity and can be applied to a wide range of substrates, such as paper and plastic, with numerous applications in printed electronics.
Electroninks’ first product, the Circuit Scribe, is a rollerball pen that is filled with instantly drying, specially formulated conductive ink. This pen allows anyone to quickly draw circuits on everyday materials such as notebook paper. Electroninks has also developed electronic components to supplement the Circuit Scribe. Together, these products have broad applications in the STEM education and do-it-yourself (DIY) communities.
To help make Circuit Scribe kits available, the company recently launched a Kickstarter campaign. With more than 9,000 backers, the product blew past its original pledge goal of $85,000 in less than three days and has generated more than $475,000 in pledges, with nearly a month left in the campaign. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electroninks/circuit-scribe-draw-circuits-instantly
“Circuit Scribe can revolutionize how electronics are taught in schools and bring a new immediacy to prototyping. Further applications of Electroninks technologies are broad, bringing printed electronics to materials previously not easily accessible,” Lisa Dhar, Associate Director of the Office of Technology Management, said.
Electroninks, located in the University’s EnterpriseWorks start-up incubator, has participated in several of the university’s entrepreneurial support programs, such as I-Start, the NSF I-Corps site course, and the Chicago Innovation Mentors network.
“We are excited to see the tremendous response through Kickstarter. The University’s startup resources allowed us a fast start out of the gate. We look forward to expanding the product lines and application areas for our inks,” Brett Walker, Electroninks co-founder, said.
About Electroninks Inc.:
Electroninks Inc. is based around commercializing printed electronics technology. The company was co-founded by Brett Walker and Jennifer Lewis. It is committed to bringing conductive rollerball pens and reactive silver ink technology to market. For more information, please visit http://www.electroninks.com.
About the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a world-class research institution boasting respected faculty members, high national rankings, and state-of-the-art facilities. The University’s accomplishments include 22 Nobel Laureates between its faculty and alumni and such revolutionary innovations as the Web browser, self-healing polymers, and new plant varieties. For more information about the Office of Technology Management, please visit http://www.otm.illinois.edu.