Advance Nanotech Reports New Developments in Organic Semiconductor Technology; New Printable Semiconductors Cheaper to Manufacture and Capable of Meeting New Market Demands for Consumer Electronics
"We're very optimistic about the demand for printed electronics. IDTechEx estimates that printed electronics will grow to $30 billion in 2015 and reach $250 billion by 2025," said Peter Gammel, chief technology officer at Advance Nanotech. "This simplification in the manufacturing of semiconductors will open up a world of new uses for electronics. We will be able to incorporate intelligent circuits into a variety of objects, from clothing to packaging. Dupont, PlasticLogic, Cambridge Display Technology and e-Ink are just a few of the companies who are participating in the printable electronics bandwagon."
“A one nanometer gap between the molecules of an organic polymer is sufficient to prevent effective charge transport. Today even the best polymer materials exhibit a conductivity that is two to three orders of magnitude lower than silicon”
In the future, a full range of electronic and optoelectronic components could be printed -- from transistor circuits to photovoltaic films, from RF ID tags to OLEDs and displays, from logic and memory components to wireless interfaces and RF shields. Electronic and optoelectronic fabrication plants will resemble printing presses and enormous markets could be created where conventional silicon chips cannot go today because they are too costly and rigid. Enabling this revolution will require polymer materials that can be inkjet printed while exhibiting carrier mobility and current transport characteristics that make them suitable for electronic device applications.
"A one nanometer gap between the molecules of an organic polymer is sufficient to prevent effective charge transport. Today even the best polymer materials exhibit a conductivity that is two to three orders of magnitude lower than silicon," says Dr. Paul Beecher, a CAPE researcher working on the project. "Our technology explores an alternative approach to overcoming the poor electrical properties of most organic semiconductors by exploiting the enhanced conductivity brought about by selected nanomaterials. Our most recent results suggest the potential of our technique for addressing this crucial market need."
More than a year of intense R&D efforts has allowed the AVNA/CAPE team to optimize the chemical treatment of nanostructured materials and effectively disperse them in a range of polymers. Selected nanomaterials have been successfully incorporated in organic polymers, thus turning insulating materials into composites that show promising transistor characteristics. These composites have also proven quite stable, with no tendency to quickly form aggregates in solution, and are therefore suitable for inkjet print manufacturing.
The investment in a new conductive polymer technology was made in partnership with CAPE, the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics at the University of Cambridge. CAPE is an integrated research facility within the Electrical with a staff of 20 academics, 70 post-doctoral researchers and 170 research students. CAPE is funded by Advance Nanotech, Alps Electric Company Limited, Dow Corning Corporation and Marconi Corporation plc, and is designed to encourage research activities to proceed to development and exploitation in close collaboration with industry. The program enables designers and engineers within academia and industry to benefit from the burgeoning developments in advanced photonics and electronics. In the past five years numerous patents have been filed and ten spin-out companies have been formed from projects that began in the Electrical Division within Cambridge's Department of Engineering.
Advance Nanotech is currently funding 26 portfolio companies in the electronics, biopharma and materials industries. The firm provides services ranging from funding to human capital and research equipment essential to ensuring that the most promising companies can accelerate the path to rapid commercialization. In this way, investor exposure to any particular technology is mitigated with Advance Nanotech retaining the option to increase investment in those technologies that successfully mature.
About Advance Nanotech, Inc.
Advance Nanotech is dedicated to the successful commercialization of disruptive nanotechnologies to produce nano-enabled products. Advance provides financing and support services including commercialization guidance, project and infrastructure management, leadership assets, and counsel on intellectual property, licensing and regulatory issues to ensure maximum market potential. Advance Nanotech's diversified portfolio of 26 nanotechnologies, of which the company holds a majority stake in 20, impacts a range of applications, including, but not limited to sensors, medical therapeutics and composites. Advance is forging partnerships with leading manufacturers and universities in Europe, Asia and North America to transform innovative nanotechnology concepts into practical solutions.
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