Luleå University, Umeå University and University of Oulu have together received about 6 MSEK over three years for the EU-financed Interreg Nord project Flexible transparent conductive films as electrodes. The project will mainly be of benefit to technology-based industries in northern Sweden, Norway and Finland, but also to move research on carbon-based nanomaterial forward.
– This is great. The fact that three research groups with solid experience with carbon nanomaterials now have economic conditions to work together feels very exciting. Together we can use our respective strengths to develop and disseminate the knowledge of carbon based thin film electrodes. The technology has come so far that even now, companies would be able to begin production of this type of electrodes using inkjet technology, says Andreas Larsson, Chaired Professor of Applied Physics at Luleå University of Technology.
Cheaper, better and more environmentally friendly
In the project, researchers will invite companies in the northern region to workshops to discuss the needs and to present what opportunities are available. Carbon based thin film electrodes provide products with better durability, flexibility and lower weight and can be used, for example, in displays in electronic products.
– A strong argument for carbon nano-based electrodes is that it makes it easier to locally produce high-tech products. Companies can produce products that are better for the environment, where they are not dependent on hard-to-reach metals such as indium. Also the production becomes cheaper by inkjet technology. Thin film electrodes provide products with better durability, flexibility and lower weight. Examples of applications are displays in electronic products as well as transparent electrodes for solar cells.