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Exploring wooden materials in hybrid printed electronics: a holistic approach towards functional electronics with net zero carbon emissions

Project description

Making greener electronics using wood materials

Consumer electronics and internet of things solutions have become increasingly cheap and available; this is leading to increasingly high amount of electronic waste. The EU-funded HyPELignum project seeks to demonstrate that this can be made more sustainable by combining additive manufacturing and wood based materials. The project will propose and demonstrate a holistic approach, from the sourcing of raw materials to the end of life, to manufacture net-zero carbon electronics. The project will aim to show how wood and wood-waste derived materials can be core (substrate, ink components) for the additive manufacturing of electronics. The project will also develop an energy-efficient microchip for sensing systems as well as look at new ways to recycle wood and recover electronic materials.


Reshaping the life-cycle of electronics, from raw materials to end-of-life, is inevitably one of the fundamental steps to accomplish towards a sustainable economy and society. The ambition of the HyPELignum project is to propose and demonstrate a holistic approach (from sourcing of raw materials until the end-of-life of devices) for the manufacturing of electronics with net zero carbon emissions centred around additive manufacturing and wooden and wood derived materials (i.e. bio-derived or bio-polymers from wood waste). Wood has been identified since it is a largely available and technically versatile material which has and will keep having a key relevance in constructions and households (New European Bauhaus initiative). Furthermore, its biogenic nature makes it pivotal in the European Community effort toward a carbon neutral society. HyPELignum pillars are: (i) implementation of the biogenic material, wood, as substrate for the additive manufacturing of electronic; (ii) implementation of Lignocellulosic materials (from wood production waste), bio-derived resins and abundant and low impact transition metals in the needed functional materials; (iii) the development of highly energy efficient µchip for driving integrated sensing systems; (iv) exploring new avenues for allowing the recycling of wood and recovery of electronic materials. Importantly in addition to the technical development the project will also dedicate a significant effort in the sustainability assessment (life cycle, toxicity, and biodegradability) to: (i) contribute actively to the consolidation of the definition of green and circular electronics and (ii) to propose a decision-making tool for assessment of green and circular electronics.


Net EU contribution
€ 1 294 723,75
501 15 Boras

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Södra Sverige Västsverige Västra Götalands län
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 294 723,75

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