Brewer Science Brings Game-Changing Flexible Electronic Devices Closer to Reality

Jan 15, 2013

Remarkable applications for electronics that bend, flex, and stretch

January 15, 2013 – Brewer Science is ushering in new technology advancements that could one day result in wearable smartphones, health monitoring improvements, and other applications that could improve our quality of life.

“Brewer Science has been a leader in bringing flexible electronic devices closer to reality. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are an attractive platform to create electronics and sensors that can be printed on flexible substrates. The screen-printing CNT ink is a solvent dispersion that is stable at room temperature and is compatible with high-speed large-area printing applications,” said James Lamb, Director of Brewer Science’s Carbon Electronics Center. Brewer Science also makes CNT-based sensors to enable prototyping and characterization of devices and CNT materials. “Our unique functionalization of CNTs also enhances the sensitivity of the temperature and humidity sensors,” added James Lamb.

Carbon nanotube materials and devices are developed by Brewer Science’s Carbon Electronics Center as part of its CNT materials, applications, and device prototyping services at the Jordan Valley Innovation Center (JVIC) in Springfield, Missouri. Brewer Science manufactures CNT inks that are stable and compatible with a variety of printing methods that are used in flexible electronics. The single-walled CNT screen-printing ink formulation is designed for high-speed printing application of flexible sheets using commercial screen-printing equipment.

Brewer Science will present two talks at the upcoming 2013 FLEX Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference. Dr. Christopher Landorf will speak about “Conductive Carbon Nanotube Films for High-Speed Printing Applications” on Thursday, January 31, 2013, in the Printing I track, and Dr. Alex Diao will speak about “Temperature and Moisture Sensors Printed on Flexible Plastic Substrates Using CNT-Based Nanomaterials” on Friday, February 1, 2013, in the Sensors track.

Brewer Science Carbon Electronics Center continues to play a substantial role within the industry in improving the manufacturability of CNT-based devices and bringing flexible electronics closer to reality. Unlike the unbendable circuit boards inside smartphones and other devices, the development of flexible electronics would allow high-tech devices to be attached to things that naturally bend and stretch, such as clothing and even human tissue.

Visit Brewer Science at BOOTH 46 at FLEX Flexible & Printed Electronics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, January 29 – February 1, 2013.

Brewer Science, Inc., prepared some of the information presented in this publication under award 70NANB10H001 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST, the Technology Innovation Program, or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

About Brewer Science
Brewer Science is a global technology leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials, processes, and equipment for reliable fabrication of cutting-edge microdevices used in electronics such as tablets, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions, and LED lighting. Brewer Science provides process flexibility and a competitive edge for its customers and plays a critical role in the supply chain. Since 1981, when its ARC® materials revolutionized lithography processes, Brewer Science has expanded its technology to include products used in advanced lithography, chemical and mechanical device protection, thin layer handling, 3-D integration, and products based on carbon nanotubes and nanotechnology. With headquarters in Rolla, Missouri, Brewer Science now supports its worldwide customers through a service and distribution network in North America, Europe, and Asia.

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For additional information, Contact:
James Lamb, Director, Carbon Electronics Business Development
Tel: +1 417-836-8845
jlamb@brewerscience.com