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Additive manufacturing of 2D nanomaterials for on-chip technologies

Project description

Big break for 3D technology in the miniaturisation process

The latest trend in the electronics industry is a new generation of advanced technologies focusing on miniaturisation for on-chip technology. By incorporating several elements in a multifunctional platform, devices could be smaller but with high performance. However, miniaturisation requires new manufacturing methods and 3D printing technology shows the greatest promise. The EU-funded 3DAddChip project will create a 3D printing pattern for producing miniaturised devices. It will develop a synergy between 2D nanomaterials with various optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties, as well as a 3D method for further development of 3D printing technology. It will exhibit 3D energy storage and energy conversion patterns that ensure energy autonomy.

Objective

The realization of “the internet of things” is inevitably constrained at the level of miniaturization that can be achieved in the electronic devices. A variety of technologies are now going through a process of miniaturization from micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) to biomedical sensors, and actuators. The ultimate goal is to combine several components in an individual multifunctional platform, realizing on-chip technology. Devices have to be constrained to small footprints and exhibit high performance. Thus, the miniaturization process requires the introduction of new manufacturing processes to fabricate devices in the 3D space over small areas. 3D printing via robocasting is emerging as a new manufacturing technique, which allows shaping virtually any materials from polymers to ceramic and metals into complex architectures.
The goal of this research is to establish a 3D printing paradigm to produce miniaturized complex shape devices with diversified functions for on-chip technologies adaptable to “smart environment” such as flexible substrates, smart textiles and biomedical sensors. The elementary building blocks of the devices will be two-dimensional nanomaterials, which present unique optical, electrical, chemical and mechanical properties. The synergistic combination of the intrinsic characteristics of the 2D nanomaterials and the specific 3D architecture will enable advanced performance of the 3D printed objects. This research programme will demonstrate 3D miniaturized energy storage and energy conversion units fabricated with inks produced using a pilot plant. These units are essential components of any on-chip platform as they ensure energy autonomy via self-powering. Ultimately, this research will initiate new technologies based on miniaturized 3D devices.

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Host institution

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Net EU contribution
€ 1 999 968,00
Address
SOUTH KENSINGTON CAMPUS EXHIBITION ROAD
SW7 2AZ LONDON
United Kingdom

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Region
London Inner London — West Westminster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 1 999 968,00

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