Develop and commercialize electroactive inks based on nanotechnology, to print flexible sensors in textiles, sports area, etc...
Nowadays, it is possible to use an inkjet printer to fabricate electronic devices such as sensors and their electronic devices. The technique consists to use some polymers ink and print the circuit components as well as their connections. Three unique inks are available to be marketed and to allow the materials printing with piezoresistives, piezoelectrics and magnetoelectrics properties. With these inks, the following devices can be added: piezoresistives, piezoelectrics, magnetic field and current sensors; piezoelectric actuators (e.g sound and ultrasound emitter) and magnetic devices that could replace the coils circuits.
Actually, the existing inks for printers' inkjet, especially for the electronic manufacture, fundamentally conductive, non-conductive and semiconductive inks. However, for sensors/actuators manufacture, key elements in many applications, they are no still inks commercialized. In fact, the inks it is intended to commercialize are unique and innovator.
These inks allow the manufacture more simple and flexible that is ideal for new products applied in various fields, as well as reduced cost. In recent years, the electronic development has been the need to manufacture devices without major limitations in terms of dimensions, instead of silicon technology, easy integration, easy production and low cost. These unique inks are the response to the market need.
Initially, it intends to reach the researchers engaged in micro- and nanotechnology and flexible electronics field. In second phase, we pretend to enter in the sensor market and its implementation in specific products.
The best marketing strategy is still to be analyzed in order to reach, in the best way, the potential customers. The marketing plan will be based on a distribution channel with direct sale, catalog, or from the web page. In this page, there will be a sector dedicated to orders as well as scientific support requests. Later, with industrial customers will need to create distribution channels based on partnerships and distributors lived in different countries.
(a) Flexible sensor printed; (b) Electroactive inks of the Nanopaint stored in bottle.
José Carlos Ferreira
Graduated in Physics and Enrolled in Master Degree in Applied Physics
Physics and Chemistry degree/ Master in Physics of Advanced Materials by University of Minho.
Master degree in Biological Engineering – Food and Chemical Technology Field Area
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Participations and Awards
- February 2013 - First position in SpinUM 2012/2013, business competition promoted by TecMinho and SpinPark, with the project Nanopaint-Design Your Technology.
- October - February 2013 - Participation in 8ª edition of the IdeaLab in University of Minho, Laboratory of business ideas promoted by TecMinho.
- Abril - July 2013 - Participation in business laboratory 2013 in AvePark, Laboratory promoted by SpinPark and TecMinho.
- June 2013 - Presentation of Nanopaint project in Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), in Barcelos.
- July 2013 - Invited to present the project in the national meeting of young entrepreneurs at Lisbon Technological Forum (Lispólis).