Sun Chemical works with NRC on molecular inks
November 2, 2017 by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Nov. 2, 2017 – Sun Chemical entered into a license agreement to introduce a new family of molecular inks for the printed electronics market with Groupe Graham International (GGI), a developer of user interface technologies in touch applications (machine interfaces), and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).
The NRC coordinates key industrial areas – including materials, ink, printing, information and communications technology and digital manufacturing – to position Canadian industry stakeholders as early adopters of emerging printed electronics technologies.
The new molecular ink technology developed by GGI and the NRC will be produced by Sun Chemical and promoted collaboratively by all three organizations. Based on ionic molecules processed through a reduction process, Sun Chemical explains the new IPS family of products will offer a viable alternative to conventional polymer thick film conductive inks and serve as a low-cost alternative to nano materials.
“We’re excited to help bring this innovative product line to the market,” said Roy Bjorlin, Global Commercial and Strategic Initiatives Director, Sun Chemical Advanced Materials. “Customers will be pleased to have an option in the marketplace that features fine lines for printed electronics. We look forward to collaborating with GGI and the NRC on this project.”
The IPS family of products include silver and copper metallization options that can be applied by screen, inkjet or other high-speed printing methods. The molecular inks, explains Sun Chemical, feature sub-micron trace thickness that will enable the production of narrow traces in thin dielectric layers on a variety of applications, including: in-mold electronics (IME), printed antenna, displays, EMI/RFI and sensors.