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Advanced digital printing of electronics - Innovation projects

BioMac - Biobased Nanomaterials and Polymer Nanocomposites for the European Circular Bioeconomy

One of the keys for a successful implementation of the European Circular Economy is the increasing reliance on bio-based products derived from biomass. A wider adoption of such products can solve several problems linked to solid waste disposal, as they could be further re-used at the end of their life cycle, ensuring full circularity. Nano structured biobased materials (NBM) are the answer to many challenges faced by our society, embracing several applications in the fields of packaging, automotive, printed electronics, agriculture, and construction. For more information, click here.


SocKET - Societal engagement with Key Enabling Technologies (KET)

SocKET will facilitate co-creation between industry representatives, researchers, policy makers, end-users, civil society representatives and citizens, and will develop tools for societal engagement in innovative technologies. Co-creation is a form of collaborative innovation: Ideas are shared and improved together. In short, co-creation is the joint development of new value. SocKETs aim to strengthen relations and dialogue between society, research and industry, in order to improve responsiveness to public values and concerns in research and innovation. For this purpose, we want to learn from practices and experiences on innovation and public responses to technologies from different stakeholders. 

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Diagonal – Development and scaled Implementation of sAfe by design tools and Guidelines for multicOmponent aNd hArn nanomateriaLs

DIAGONAL will bring SbD knowledge and tools to a development stage, which can be implemented in the MCNM's and HARN's related industries, relying on experimental (in-vitro) and modelling (in-silico) research, to study specific hazard and exposure properties that MCNM's & HARN's exhibit along their life cycle, with emphasis in the interactions between NM constituents, with other particles and the environment, as well as their release rate and fate. While hazard and exposure determination will allow gaining understanding on the MCNM's & HARN's behavior and evolution, multi-scale modelling will answer the questions "what are they?" and "where do they go?", through novel predictors for properties estimation, resulting from additive and/or synergistic interactions between components, as well as system-dependent properties. Ultimately, the obtained results will serve as basis to provide adapted or novel risk management guidelines, ready to use SbD tools and strategies to increase nanomaterial's safety, including Sustainable-by-Design considerations, and recommendations for risk governance. DTI will provide high aspect ratio nanomaterials for testing as well as tests SbD protocols developed within Diagonal.


LEE-BED – Lightweight embedded electronics test bed

Join our innovation test bed and benefit from some of Europe's leading RTO's within printed electronics. In the test bed, you will get access to techno-economic and safety assessment as well as state-of-the-art facilities within nanomaterial production, ink formulation and digital manufacturing. The concept of the test bed is depicted in the image to the left. At the single entry point stakeholders receive a techno/economic and safety assessment, in order to determine the benefits of bringing novel nanomaterials for embedded electronics into their products and production lines. If the assessment is positive, stakeholders have the opportunity to perform a pilot project in phase II. Phase II is represented mainly by well-established large RTOs. These RTO's will provide infrastructure to make pilot projects based on phase I modeling and assessments. Finally, successful pilot projects will go through phase III and receive a final knowledge transfer, consisting of IPR discussions and final business plan check. Watch the video below to see an introduction to the concept or learn more here

Watch the video below to see an introduction to the concept.


Companies, who are using LEE-BED

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Decorative intelligent surface

Swarovski has a multi-usage concept for the integration of crystal elements into a decorative/functional surface, which can be used for several product lines. Electronic functionalities include sensing, wireless data transfer, lighting, and energy harvesting.


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Functional automotive dashboard components

MAIER’s objective is to develop an automotive interior component that includes electronic functionalities such as touch sensing and LED lighting, which provide a high added aesthetical value to these components.


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Autonomous structural monitoring system

Acciona wants to embed wireless sensors systems into their composite building elements. This will directly contribute to reduce maintenance costs and increase safety. Electronic functionalities include sensing, wireless data transfer and energy harvesting.


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Intelligent anti-counterfeiting labelling

Grafietic want to develop smart labels, which will be applied to packaging solutions. The purpose is to explore possibilities such as printed displays to indicate the best before date, printed RFID antenna, temperature and freshness sensors and possibly electroluminescent displays.