David Savastano, Editor04.25.12
The ability to print or mass produce electronics, preferably on roll-to-roll systems, is the promise behind printed electronics (PE). Not only could a company produce their products at a much less expensive cost, but printing on flexible substrates opens the doors for many new applications.
After introducing what appears to be a universal technique to reduce the work function of a conductor in printable electronics, a team led by Georgia Tech's Bernard Kippelen has developed the first completely plastic solar cell. Courtesy: Georgia Institute of Technology.
While a few products such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic photovoltaics (OPVs) are already being printed, there are plenty of opportunities awaiting solutions. For example, large solar cells and displays could ultimately be printed at a fraction of the costs of today’s systems. However, there are technological hurdles that need to be solved.
One of the key hurd
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