The consortium will work with the Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NANO-OPS), a manufacturing technology pioneered by Northeastern University’s Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing. NANO-OPS can print nanoscale sensors and devices as small as 20 nm (or more than 1,000 times thinner than a human hair), on a variety of surfaces, and 100 to 1,000 times faster than current inkjet-based electronic and 3D printing.
Due to their electrical, mechanical, and optical properties, nanomaterials have the potential to revolutionize the sensing industry. Smart sensors created with these nanomaterials will have a significant impact on advancing connected technologies, with medical, defense, and energy applications. Increased research and development in this field will have significant impacts on commercial products, which range from high-precision sensors used to monitor premature babies in hospital neonatal units, to devices that track water quality, or wearable devices that monitor biometric data.