With a potential to dramatically transform industries and markets, printable electronics is a field of intense research on materials and device physics and engineering, which will enable the lower-cost fabrication of large-area electronic devices. We collaborate with leading members of the printable electronics industry to conduct applied research and develop comprehensive printable electronics solutions for various energy harvesting devices, physical and chemical sensors as well as printed radio frequency surfaces and antennas.
We also coordinate work in key technological areas, including materials, printing, communications technology and device integration and information, to position Canadian industry stakeholders as early adopters of emerging printable electronics technologies.
NRC clients and partners have access to our unique expertise in materials, processes and devices and our state-of-the-art equipment. Our technology reduces traditional manufacturing costs and significantly boosts performance and reliability.
NRC Ottawa facilities:
- Large-scale inkjet printing
- Sheet-to-sheet gravure
- Flexographic and screen printing
- Organic and inorganic solution processing
Why work with us
The NRC's extensive and proven experience in advanced functional conjugated polymers and nanomaterials and in the development of energy harvesting devices, environmental sensors and wearable electronics makes us uniquely qualified to help Canadian industry capture a solid lead in power-autonomous mini Internet of Things (IoT) and sensor systems by using printable electronics technology.
We print functional components required for flexible and low-cost electronics with many applications:
- Thin-film transistor (TFT) devices and logic circuits
- Non-volatile memory
- Conductors, resistors, capacitors and inductors
- Solar cells
- Transparent conductive films
- Radio frequency antennas
We validate and de-risk the introduction of new materials into processes and devices such as electrodes, conductive circuits and thin film transistors.