Nanocube Memory Ink Technology. A revolutionary transparent and flexible printable Memory Ink targeting the global multi-billion dollar printed electronics market opportunity
Liquid Transparent Printable Memory
The Nanocube Memory Ink is a liquid transparent ink containing billions of tiny nanometer scale cube-shaped particles. When printed on a surface and assembled with electrodes they operate as computer memory or RAM.
This revolutionary ink is transparent and when printed on glass or plastics is entirely see-through.
This technology targets the global multi-billion dollar printed electronics market opportunity. It has the potential to enable massive amounts of data to be stored and retrieved in printed electronics circuits for compute and data storage requirements.
The Nanocube Memory Ink was invented at the University of New South Wales by a team led by Professor Sean Li from the School of Materials Science and Engineering.
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Memory is at the heart of creating products with more complex functions and applications. To date, there is currently no commercialised high performance printed memory technology.
The commercial goal is to bring memory and sensing to devices and surfaces with different shapes and new flexible forms not possible with rigid silicon based technologies.
The Nanocube memory ink has significant disruptive potential in part due to its high-performance characteristics. The ability to incorporate high performance printable memory into existing products for the first time across many industries (e.g. military, infrastructure, clothing etc.) could dramatically disrupt a sector already forecast to reach $US 78 Billion by 2023.
The UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering is a leader in their field and are ranked number one in Australia. Professor Sean Li, who leads the team that have spent years developing the technology has said “rapid innovations in printing technology over the last few years means the Nanocube ink could hold enormous potential for a range of future industries. This technology should not be underestimated.”
The Company has recently finished successful scale-up of production volumes of the Nanocube Memory Ink.
A large scale batch of Nanocube Memory Ink was produced with approximately 400 times the volume of previous batches.
- This work was conducted in conjunction with scientists from the Nanomaterials and Devices Team at CSIRO Manufacturing.
- Successful scaling up of the ink from millilitres to litres has enabled the team to progress to trialling the Nanocube Memory Ink with industrial printing and coating technologies such as slot die.
- The positive outcome of the first stage of the program as enabled CSIRO to agree to continue development of the Nanocube Memory Ink through a secondary program
Current and future work
A further program with CSIRO is currently being finalised to:
- optimise the ink, including for slot die coating and printing of devices,
- produce devices on various substrates,
- perform device measurements for ink performance,
- work with the University of New South Wales and VTT Finland technical teams
Due to recent results, a new program is being initiated with VTT and specialists within the printed electronics team, to analyse and optimise memory ink film thickness and device operation and performance.
Additionally, the VTT team will test standard industry electrode architecture and configurations.
University of New South Wales (UNSW)
The research group of Professor Sean Li at UNSW has recently acquired advanced printing and slot die coating equipment – only the second installation of it globally.
The equipment has unique functionality to combine slot die with printing to expand the capability in order to produce advanced electronic materials on industrial scale.
Larger batch sizes of ink will also enable the Nanocube Memory Ink to be printed and coated with this equipment.
A development program with UNSW is being negotiated that will potentially include trial depositions of the Nanocube Memory Ink on the advanced slot die printing equipment acquired by UNSW.
Key Development Partners
VTT Technical Research Centre
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and is one of the leading research and technology organisations in Europe VTT is one of world’s leading research and technology companies. It has over 6000 customers and over 1,200 patents and patent applications in its patent portfolio. VTT has been engaged in the long-term development of printed electronics for over 15 years and is trusted by industry leading companies around the globe, for the development and production of printed electronics products.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is the federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. CSIRO Manufacturing research is based on multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering capabilities and uses world-class infrastructure. It partners with industry to develop innovative products and processes that allow Australian manufacturers to be globally competitive and environmentally sustainable. Successful CSIRO inventions include WIFI, plastic banknotes, Hendra virus vaccine, extended wear contact lenses and Raft polymerisation.
The Company is a participant in PrintoCent, a consortium of billion dollar printed electronic companies and a select group of international start-ups with the objective to create new components, products and solutions based on printed electronics.
Strategic Elements’ subsidiary company Australian Advanced Materials Pty Ltd has signed an agreement to join PrintoCent, a select consortium of approx. 50 global companies operating out of a specialised facility in Finland that contains the worlds first pilot factory for printed electronics.
PrintoCent runs a continuous process to establish value chains for joint projects and offers opportunities to the consortium.
PrintoCent members include large global companies such as BASF (ETR:BAS), Merck (NYSE:MRK) and Dai Nippon Printing (TYO:7912).
The facility PrintoCent operates out of contains the worlds most advanced industrialisation capabilities for printed electronics.
The University of NSW (UNSW)
The Nanocube Memory Ink was invented at the University of New South Wales by a team led by Professor Sean Li from the School of Materials Science and Engineering. The UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering is ranked no. 1 in Australia and number 26 in the world. The research group has 45 researchers and millions invested into world-class research equipment geared towards advanced materials.
Printable Electronics is one of the fastest growing technologies in the world, and it is of vital interest to a diverse range of industries. This innovation will allow electronics to be used in places they have never been before.
Printed Electronics is the term for a new technique using conductive inks to create integrated circuits that are just nanometres thick.
Creating these electronic wafers overcomes the limitations of current chip production. Printable Electronics manufacturing facilities cost 1/1000th of traditional semiconductor fabrication plants. Making it the holy grail of low cost, high volume manufacturing.
It can also produce materials that are extremely flexible and stretchable, paving the way for flexible and stretchable electronics.
The printed electronics market is expected reach $US 78 Billion by 2023.