Printed electronics reaching accuracy of one micrometre by VTT

SYNERGY partner VTT has just released an amazing video on “How to go on submicron level in printed electronics”.

It was demonstrated that printing of sub-micron lines and μm-scale alignment accuracy can be achieved with VTT’s unique reverse offset printing system. This µm-level printing accuracy will be a game changer for R&D in printed and flexible electronics by allowing to target the most challenging applications such as radio-frequency circuits and will eventually lead to the miniaturization of printed electronics for reduced environmental footprint.

Please check our short video on high-resolution printing at VTT:

Sustainable battery development at VTT

SYNERGY partner VTT has just released an amazing video on ” Sustainable battery development”.

VTTs development environment for battery cell manufacturing offers possibility for fabrication of electrodes and solid electrolytes through various printing and coating capabilities in roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet processes. Further, we have facilities for coin cell and pouch cell assembly under argon atmosphere as well as for electrical and structural characterization. Our research focuses on next generation solid state batteries and sustainable energy storage concepts based on safe and abundant materials.

Please check our short video on Battery assembly:

Rodrigo Martins is the winner of the 1st edition of the NOVA-Altice Research Award

Professor Rodrigo Martins, SYNERGY Coordinator, Professor at FCT|NOVA and Director of CEMOP-UNINOVA, is the first winner of the NOVA-Altice Research Award.

This recognition celebrates the work that Professor Martins has developed throughout his career and the impact of his research in the field of electronics.

Created in 2021, following a partnership between NOVA and Altice Labs, this award aims to acknowledge and recognise the merit of Professors/Researchers of NOVA from all areas of knowledge, at any stage of their career, and whose work has stood out nationally and internationally for its level of excellence and impact.

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Pedro Barquinha wins second ERC Grant

Pedro Barquinha, Associate Professor at the Department of Material Science and Researcher at Cenimat, NOVA School of Science and Technology, SYNERGY coordinating institution (FCT|NOVA), has just been awarded a Proof-of-Concept grant from the European Research Council (ERC), the most reputable institution for granting funds for scientific and technological research in Europe.

With a grant worth €150,000 for each researcher and covering a variety of fields and research issues, this funding is part of the European Union’s research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

Pedro Barquinha was one of the two Portuguese researchers to receive this funding, with the project “FLETRAD: Flexible and transparent platform based on oxide transistors for detection and readout of ionizing radiation”, which aims to develop a detection platform completely flexible and transparent radiation.

Ionizing radiation poses well-known health risks but, if used in a controlled manner, can serve as the basis of relevant applications ranging from health to civil security. Whether it is the proper control of the dose received by patients in medical treatments or workers in hazardous radiation environments, or even for high resolution imaging devices – proper quantification of radiation doses is required.

FLETRAD, therefore, proposes the development of a platform that detects radiation in a completely flexible and transparent way, opening doors to an innovative market opportunity. This project employs the patented idea of oxide transistors as detectors of direct ionization radiation as well as the knowledge gained in the TREND project (ERC Starting Grant) focused on miniaturized oxide electronics using sustainable materials and processes.

This year’s edition of the Proof-of-Concept grants included two competitions, with the winners of the first round already being announced in February, with FCT NOVA researchers Elvira Fortunato and Cecília Roque being distinguished. With the grant now awarded to Pedro Barquinha, the School thus accumulates 12 ERC grants, reinforcing its leadership position in the number of grants awarded to its researchers.

The 55 projects now selected for the fellowships include researchers from the Netherlands (10), UK (7), Italy (6), Germany (5), Israel (5), Spain (4), France (5), Austria (3), Czech Republic (2), Finland (2), Portugal (2), Belgium (1), Turkey (1), Sweden (1), Romania (1) and Norway (1).