Francis and Frisbie to have breakthrough technology licensed

Dec. 16, 2019 - Lorraine Francis, a Distinguished University Teaching Professor, and Dan Frisbie, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and CEMS Department Head, will have their breakthrough printed electronics technology licensed by Carpe Diem Technologies, Inc. The technology is called SCALE (Self-aligned Capillarity-Assisted Lithography for Electronics), and is particularly suitable for printing on flexible substrates, such as paper and plastic.

As Carpe Diem’s CEO John S. Berg explains, “University of Minnesota Professors Daniel Frisbie and Lorraine Francis cleverly harnessed the natural force of capillary action to deliver electronic inks self-aligned into nano imprinted substrates. Immediate applications for this technology include smart labels for consumer products from food to pharmaceuticals, flexible displays, and distributed self-powered sensors.”

Until now, these applications were difficult because traditional printing tools (inkjet, screen print, gravure) were inadequate to the task of making the small aligned features required in electronics. “Nano imprint lithography (NIL) solved the problem of the required small dimensions, and, with this invention, simultaneously solves the problem of alignment with the same level of precision.”

Click on the link below to read the full release. Excerpts taken from a feature written by Patrick Tan.

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