Metalink: Printing of metallic inks for conductive functionalities
Internet has become the central link in all computer technologies. Over the coming years it is obvious that this trend will expand further to everyday articles. To materialize, however, this “Internet of Things” requires cheap and flexible electronics. By targeting the printing of metallic conductors, this project aims at proving the technological and economic feasibility of incorporating internet connectivity in common consumer products.
This project is linked to SoPPoM, solution based printed functionalities. Focus is again on solution processable inks or precursors which can be converted into functional materials and devices where Metalink focuses on printed metals. The electric conductivity and connectivity these metals offer is key to a wide range of printed functionalities, including electronics, photonics and energy. In this respect, this proposal broadens the initial scope of SoPPoM (photovoltaic modules) with an emphasis on a shorter time-to-market, a stronger link to existing applications, an expansion towards cheaper materials and ecological and safe processes, and a wider application portfolio.