Printable electronics is an emerging technology in which electronic circuits, RFID-tags, sensors and electro-optical applications such as LEDs, solar cells can be prepared by deposition of ink formulations with electro-optical functionalities (e.g. semiconducting polymers, metal oxide nanoparticles,..) with low-cost printing techniques such as film casting, inktjet printing, spray coating and screen printing.
A further advantage of printable electronics is the use of widely available and low-cost substrates, such as plastic and possibly even paper and textile. This would allow the preparation of, low cost, flexible electronics with new integration possibilities, including intelligent clothing.
With the expertise at IMO-IMOMEC – in collaboration with XIOS - special attention is being paid to the development of appropriate ink formulations, rheology, control of nanomorphology, study of electro-optical and morphological properties with advanced characterisation techniques and to the reliability of these devices.
The innovative R&D activities of IMO-IMOMEC in the field of printable electronics, combined with the production expertise of the Belgian printing company Artist Screen resulted in 2009 in the creation of the spin-off company Lumoza NV (www.lumoza.be) , with drs.ing. Wouter Moons as CEO. The new company develops and commercializes large area screen printed electronics for the advertising and packaging industry. Lumoza’s technology for large area screen printed electronics combines electroluminescent ink with a driver that controls the sequence and timing of the animation. The result is an electroluminescent computer animation that can be printed, just like ink, on all kind of surfaces, for example on a thin plastic foil. And afterwards, folded, rolled up, bended or wrapped.