What is Flexible Electronics all about according to experts?

SmartEEs team attended the Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention, LOPEC, in March 2018. This leading trade fair for printed electronics gave SmartEEs the opportunity to promote its acceleration program. It also gave SmartEEs the opportunity to exchange with some Flexible Electronics experts who accepted to share with the SmartEEs community their perception of what those technologies are all about.

Stephane CROS got a Ph.D. in physico-chemistry in 2002 from the University Paris VI, working on multilayers structures based on nanocomposite organic/inorganic materials. After a first experience in the field of polymer processing, he joined the CEA tech in 2004 to develop the thematic of encapsulation, gas barrier measurements and gas barrier materials in the Organic Photovoltaic team. Since 2005, He is working in the National Institute for Solar Energy (CEA/INES).

My motivation in organic and/or flexible electronic is related to the impressive possibilities of application (energy, displays, sensors etc..). I am particularly interested in energy applications for which organic and other new classes of semi-conductors like perovskites open the doors of disruptive performances (combination of low-cost processing, reduced environmental impact, colors, flexibility, etc..) and new markets. These new markets are also an opportunity to produce energy harvesting devices in Europe and create jobs.”

Corne Rentrop from the Holst Centre is coordinating the InSCOPE project dedicated to build a European pilot line for hybrid printed electronics. In the Pilot line equipment and functionalities from various research Centres are combined to mature the printed electronics roadmap.

In InSCOPE the RTDs have the opportunity to offer their services to companies that request large numbers of samples that are able to survive in an industrial relevant environment. By working together we can offer more than we can do singlehanded. We can create e.g. >10.000 packages, or print 300 m of hybridized foils and at the same time maintaining high yield and quality. Signify (Philips), Bosch, KONE and Glaxon Smith Kline (GSK) are partners that are now requesting these services, but also SMEs and Midcap companies will be serviced. It is a thrilling experience to achieve the production of large flexible electronics products and high number of samples in the pilot line and to be able to deliver them to our industrial partners. This way we can see our long and hard work in research coming to life into real end-use products.  

Products serviced by the InSCOPE consortium