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Accelerating the manufacturing of OLAE materials

Organic and large area-electronics (OLAE) technologies and components have experienced a remarkable increase in usage in recent years. From rollable handheld displays to organic photovoltaics, printed electronics offer a solution for devices that need to be thin, power-efficient, flexible and lightweight. However, the manufacturing processes for these devices are difficult to adapt to mass production. The EU-funded MADRAS project aims to boost it with the implementation of material-driven improvements. Specifically, it will establish a high-speed manufacturing methodology with the use of specially designed materials and in-mould hybrid printed electronics processes to produce OLAE devices that are more affordable, more durable and have longer lifetimes. In this context, MADRAS will develop and validate the solution through two demonstrators of new generation within a complete supply chain: - A photodetector for persons’ authentification, - A geotracking flexible tag for Industry 4.0 sector.


MADRAS project aims to demonstrate a materials-driven improvement of OLAE devices, establishing a high speed manufacturing methodology in a scalable competitive process which is In Mold Hybrid Printed Electronics (IMHyPE).

Four high performance materials to be developed in MADRAS tackle high cost, instability and short lifetime of OLAE devices under operational conditions through the development of robust alternatives and innovative approaches. Such materials are a conductive and transparent substrate, a semiconducting transparent ink based on organic components, a transparent conductive silver nanowire-based ink and a semiconductor ink based on metal oxide nanoparticles.

MADRAS project also addresses the need for innovative and industrial manufacturing processes for the development of robust series of flexible plastronic products. Building on an already established technology as plastic injection, will facilitate a faster uptaking. The advantages of IMHyPE are numerous and include: light weighting, space-saving, robustness, accelerated time-to-market, and high throughput capabilities. It will demonstrate processability, stability, operational lifetime and seamless integration of new products as well as of new technology into traditional goods.
Therefore, MADRAS proposes two products for persons’ authentication market and smart manufacturing that will show a step forward towards digitisation and Internet of Things for its contribution to the sustainable deployment of smart products for consumer use. Ethical issues for these matters are properly addressed.

Such products belong to the global emerging trend of structural electronics with very large addressable markets as Automotive sector, healthcare and many others.

The workplan sets and consolidates the value chain through the participation of six SMEs, four RTOs, one large company and one standardisation association completing MADRAS consortium assuring high impact boosting activities.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 025 508,82
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 025 508,99

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