Summer is around the corner, so it is time to give it a warm welcome with our monthly top stories. This blog brings news on novel printable inks, new procedures to design functional coatings and a handy review on recent applications of printable electronics. If you didn’t have time to follow our daily posts on social media, this is your chance to catch up!

A novel procedure to generate functional coatings and sensors

NASA has created a new plasma-based fabrication protocol to generate printable coatings and sensors. This new procedure presents a number of advantages compared to other traditional approaches: it is low cost, easily scalable, environmentally friendly and it works in microgravity. In addition, it is possible to work with multiple materials at the same time. This protocol has potential application in several fields, such as communications, security and healthcare.

Fully recyclable printed electronics

A team of researchers from Duke University has designed a new transistor with three different printable inks to generate devices which are almost 100% recyclable. This demonstration opens a new way to fabricate technology with a more sustainable lifecycle, overcoming traditional silicon-based structures. This could be a major breakthrough to tackle one of the biggest contamination issues: e-waste.

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Electronic circuits that are not recyclable accumulate as e-waste.

Highlighted applications of printable electronics

This summary brings three novel uses of printable electronics. Firstly, a review on skin-inspired electronics, their latest trends and how they are changing biomedical engineering and healthcare in certain areas. Then, two reviews on material science that address hot topics about central actors of printable electronics: one and two-dimensional nanomaterials and Li-ion batteries, and their future research perspectives.