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Novel Platform Metallization Technology that Enables Metal Electrode Production

KEY INFORMATION

TECHNOLOGY CATEGORY:
Electronics - Printed Electronics
Electronics - Sensors & Instrumentation
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TECHNOLOGY READINESS LEVEL (TRL):
LOCATION:
Singapore
ID NUMBER:
TO129820

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Metallization is an integral part of a modern electronic device. Every electronic device has metal electrodes in it. Foldable devices, OLED, sensors, solar cells, touchscreens, wearables and energy storage need new materials and technologies for making flexible metal electrodes.

This new metallization technology is suitable for functional metallic coatings e.g. transparent conductors, functional conductive coatings and catalytic electrodes, enabled through a novel, highly cost-effective and environmentally friendly proprietary metallization inks and process that can be applied to almost any surface materials and shapes.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

  • High performance metallization inks based on silver, gold, platinum, palladium, etc.
  • Flexible and bendable, non-brittle electrodes
  • Conductive and transparent
  • Applicable on 2D and 3D objects
  • Low curing temperature, fast curing time

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Potential applications include:

  • EMI shielding
  • Sensors
  • Medical devices
  • Smart paper
  • Wearables
  • Back-panels
  • Flexible OLEDs

Market Trends & Opportunities

The total market size for applications such as touchscreens and displays, EMI shielding and antistatic, solar cells, lighting is estimated to be more than $6 billion. While indium tin oxide currently holds the largest 71% market share of electrode materials with CAGR of 4.1%, other electrode materials such as silver nanowires, other oxides and conductive polymers are expected to grow at CAGR of 7 to 16%. 

Benefits

  • Enable new product designs
  • Easy to implement and pattern
  • No liquid toxic waste, environmentally friendly
  • Low curing temperature, energy efficient process
  • Electrodes 5-10 times cheaper than similar on market
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