DuPont Electronics & Communications and Holst Centre extend collaboration
DuPont Electronics & Communications, a leading innovator and high-volume supplier of electronic inks and pastes, and the Dutch R&D institute Holst Centre announced the third extension of their successful long-term collaboration, which is focused on advanced materials for the printed electronics industry. As a full partner in the Printed Electronics programme, DuPont will contribute new materials and research samples targeted toward Holst’s active projects in the areas of wearable electronics, in-mould electronics, consumer electronics and healthcare.
“We’re pleased to extend our collaboration with Holst Centre, continuing to work together in advancing new developments in printed electronics,” said Kerry Adams, printed electronics market segment manager, DuPont. “In addition to advancing the technology, the collaboration provides us with valuable insights into the needs and requirements of other Holst partners, including end-users and equipment suppliers, enabling open innovation and accelerating product and application development.”
In this next phase, the emphasis of the collaboration will be on developing and testing complete complementary material systems and successfully creating working demonstrators and prototypes, with the development of commercial products as the end goal. In particular, the collaboration will focus on screen printed and ink-jet electronic inks and pastes, flat bed and roll-to-roll processing, and conventional oven as well as photonic curing/sintering systems.
Over the life of the DuPont/Holst Centre collaboration, results have included the development of new nano-Ag inks and pastes, leading to the commercialisation of DuPont’s best in class conductive ink-jet silver ink, PE410, announced and featured at LOPEC in Munich, Germany, in April 2016. Most recently, Holst presented its wearable smart shirt design in the DuPont booth at the Wearables Expo in Tokyo, Japan, from 18-20 January 2017. Other achievements have included the successful implementation of DuPont inks and pastes enabling production of smart garments, flexible sensors and smart blister medical packaging, as well as in-mould electronics, and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) and Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting demos and prototypes.
“The collaboration between DuPont and Holst Centre continues to drive exciting advancements in printed electronics,” said Jeroen van den Brand, programme director ‘printed electronics’, Holst Centre. “We are excited to continue to explore new technologies and opportunities alongside a recognised industry leader.”