Academic R&D Award to NU's Center for High-rate Nanotechnology
At the IDTechEx conference and exhibition in Berlin last week, the College's NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing received the Acaademic R&D Award for its achievement in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, the host of the event, noted that "Our esteemed judges are all from companies that are potential users of the technology. This adds great gravitas to the winners and an indication of the ongoing move to adoption of the technology in different industries. There were over 40 entries for the awards this year – a record number." The awards were hosted at Printed Electronics Europe 2016 , Europe's largest event on the topic, which was host to over 170 exhibitors and attendees from 57 countries in Berlin.
Dr. Ahmed Busnaina and the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) won this award for their work on developing the world's first nanoscale 3D printer for electronics and sensors, the Nanoscale Offset Printing System (NanoOPS). The printing process works through the use of new nanoscale directed assembly of nanomaterials, and the technologies will be used for the printing of nano and microscale devices and structures which have applications in electronics, sensors, biomedical, energy and materials.
At the heart of the printer is a directed assembly based printing process utilizing templates that can print conductive, semiconducting or insulating organic or inorganic materials. The CHN expects that NanoOPS will be orders of magnitude faster and higher resolution than current inkjet based electronic printing and 3D printing. The printing process takes place at room temperature and pressure, and the ink can include variety of nanomaterials (nanoparticles, nanotubes, graphene or polymers) suspended mostly in water, thus offering a substantial energy saving and a green additive manufacturing approach.
The award was presented by Mr Stéphane Egret, R&D Packaging Innovator at The Coca-Cola Company, who was also one of the judges of the awards. The two other judges were Dr Cristina Bertoni, Project Leader, Electrolux Italia and Ashutosh Tomar, Principal Engineer, Technology Strategy, at Jaguar Land Rover.