Printing of metallic inks for conductive functionalities

Funding and duration

  • SIM-IWT project under IWT n° 150077/150078
  • October 2015 – October 2018


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Project goal

Internet has become the central link in all computer technologies. Over the coming years it is obvious that this trend will expand further to everyday articles. To materialize, however, this “Internet of Things” requires cheap and flexible electronics. By targeting the printing of metallic conductors, this project aims at proving the technological and economic feasibility of incorporating internet connectivity in common consumer products.

This project is linked to SoPPoM, solution based printed functionalities. Focus is again on solution processable inks or precursors which can be converted into functional materials and devices where Met@link focuses on printed metals. The electric conductivity and connectivity these metals offer, is key to a wide range of printed functionalities, including electronics, photonics and energy. In this respect, this project broadens the initial scope of SoPPoM (photovoltaic modules) with an emphasis on a shorter time-to-market, a stronger link to existing applications, an expansion towards cheaper materials and ecological and safe processes, and a wider application portfolio.


The role of VITO is to prove with quantitative data that Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE)-issues for nanomaterials will not restrict/limit their use to theoretical showcases without any chance to penetrate the commercial markets. HSE issues for nanoparticle-based systems will be evaluated and reported.

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