Printed and Organic Electronics

Can you picture how electronic displays, transistors and energy sources roll out from traditional printing machines; quickly, cheaply, and eco-friendly? Can you imagine smart labels communicating with Internet services just by touching them? At RISE Acreo, we can and we do.

Printed Electronics offers tremendous opportunities in creating new and exciting products using traditional printing tools to add electronic and bio-electronic functions to paper and plastics. With the view to use innovation for growth - Acreo is primarily focusing on four applications in the field of Printed Electronics: Internet of Things, Packaging, Health Care and Construction.

Internet of things

In the future things will be connected to each other, communicating over the Internet. Acreo together with Linköping University and Ericsson have developed a new technology where printed labels – containing a printed antenna, a chip and a small printed battery – can transmit a package of data, such as a short message or an identity. By just touching the label, the information is sent through the person’s body to a hyper-sensitive receiver that is contained in a connected mobile device, such as a smart phone. This innovation opens up for a wide range of possible applications in for example logistics, packaging and printed media.

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Packaging

Printed displays are part of the core competences of Acreo. The Acreo display is cheap, ultrathin, biodegradable and possible to produce with conventional printing processes. The graphics and the display can be printed directly onto the surface of the package enabling a completely new type of communication with the customers in mass produced packaging. The printed displays require very low voltage. They are robust and withstand heat, rough handling and dust. Possible applications are packages and labels for logistics tracking, food industry, smart cards and medtech.

Health care

How about smart pharmaceutical packaging that tells you when it is time to take your medicine and that also ensures the correct medication, or one-time analysis systems printed on paper for self-diagnosis and self-care? Or why not whole societies where buildings, machinery and instruments can communicate with each other and with humans through wireless labels? Acreo´s printed biosensor is a unique biosensor concept, developed by Acreo in cooperation with Linköping university, presenting a new paradigm in inexpensive bio-sensing devices. The biosensor includes printed components integrated with a silicon chip, which together form an integrated printed bio-sensing system. The main focus is towards point-of-care system applications, such as home monitoring and diagnosis of kidney disease, heart disease and cancer.

Acreo is also working together with Linköping University and Karolinska Institutet to develop a set of bio-electronic components and their corresponding manufacturing routes. Electronically switchable (bio-)surfaces for cell growth and ion pumps for in vivo communication are examples of joint areas of research and development.

Construction

Printed sensors in building materials can register moisture, temperature and in the near future also mildew and other damage. This technology provides a higher material standard as well as increased safety and security for the individual. Our spin-off company Invisense has tested to integrate printed humidity sensors into the walls of new houses, in cooperation with PEAB, and is currently developing the printed humidity sensor 2.0. 

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Printed Electronics Arena

PEA cooperates with industry and entrepreneurs to develop business opportunities within Printed Electronics. Our pilot-plant, PEA Manufacturing, is the heart of PEA and also the major test environment for the production of Printed Electronics in Sweden. At PEA-M we develop prototypes and carry out small scale production with the purpose to bridge the gap between research and the volume manufacturing of new products. Expertise is available in areas such as graphic design, physics, chemistry, machine operation and project management. PEA-M was recently designated European “Pilot line Demonstrator” – an example of a successful test environment for the development of prototypes as well as production.

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