State of the artFlexible foil substrates with embedded standard silicon electronics are industrialized and already using in a large variety of products, technologies to implement flexibility also into the silicon dies are currently under investigation (e.g. EU funded SHIFT project) Organic electronics and specifically organic opto-electronics are currently a very popular research topic, covered both by universities and companies. The high intensity of research implies that the quality of organic opto-electronic devices will improve rapidly within the next years. Due to the freedom of shape, organic opto-electronic lighting has a clear advantage over other light sources. First stretchable substrate materials are available (e.g. Belgian-funded SWEET project or the EU-funded STELLA project). Opto-electronics are not yet integrated into these substrates, but merely implemented using different adaptation technologies.
Beyond State of the art
The focus of the proposed PLACE-it project is on integration of substrates and functionalities on foil, stretchable and fabric substrates. Simultaneously, advances in the individual substrate technologies will be pursued to assure:
The advances of PLACE-it will be in:
- that the critical research issues relevant to all of the technologies are being studied, and
- that overlap of research in different substrate technologies is avoided and that optimal solutions are identified.
These devices with the targeted conformability do not exist today.
- knowing the merits of the foil, stretchable and fabric substrates and their structures
- standardised interconnection technology to allow combinations of materials (non-existing today)
- design freedom to pick and implement the building blocks of choice in the substrate of choice (non-existing today)
- ‘universal’ connector that supports a wide range of passive and active sensors and electronic components, and with housings that are suited to the three substrates
- adaptation and improvement of the individual toolbox technologies (flexible foils, stretchable substrates, fabric substrates)
- reliability, cleanability and biocompatibility of the substrate materials and integrated or surface mounted devices
- development of universal test methods
- conformable and functional systems
- phototherapy bandage
- smart bandage for renal function monitoring
- automotive interior lighting