Published: 02 May 2018

Grant to help enable high volume production of printed electronics

Dr Radu Sporea has won an EPSRC New Investigator Award to improve the reliability and manufacturability of printed and flexible electronics.

Dr Radu Sporea

The two-year grant has been awarded to Dr Radu Sporea by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to fund the development of devices and low cost circuits based on source-gated transistors (SGT) – a type of electrical device developed and patented within Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI).

The overall aim of the project is to enable efficient, high volume manufacturing of a wide variety of printed and flexible electronics used for wearable technologies, sensor arrays and Internet of Things devices. Rather than improving the performance of these electronics, this project will aim to improve the reliability, manufacturability and process yield of the devices – an essential step towards mass market, low-cost printed electronics.

The research will conducted in collaboration with industrial partners CPI, NeuDrive Ltd, Silvaco and Altro Ltd.

Dr Sporea said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to work on an aspect which is crucial to the eventual uptake of printed electronic technologies.

“For the past decade, our group at Surrey has been building expertise in device and circuit design techniques which make large-area electronic components more robust, more energy efficient, and easier to make repeatedly, with consistent performance. When applied to products such as wearables, foldable screens and smart unobtrusive sensors, these techniques will drastically improve the uniformity of performance, resulting in easy to manufacture, cost effective flexible electronics.”

Professor Ravi Silva, Head of the ATI, commented: “This grant, the first of its kind to Surrey, is a great marker of the leadership that the ATI is continually building in the field of innovative electronic applications, sensors, and energy efficient devices. Following on from his Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, this New Investigator Award confirms Dr Sporea’s contributions to front line electronics developments. Together with the recently announced Surrey Nanomanufacturing Hub, this activity will consolidate the ATI’s position as a worldwide centre of excellence in advanced nanoscale electronics.”

The EPSRC-funded project, ‘Design for high-yield manufacturing of printed circuits’ starts in May 2018 and will run for two years.

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