Functional Printing & Embedded Devices

The Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department at Eurecat specialises in the formulation and deposition of materials, printed electronics and conventional electronics. The department adds functionality to rigid and flexible surfaces and to objects through the following techniques:

Call for projects for the SmartEES programme

SmartEEs (Bringing Flexible Electronics Products to Life) is a digital innovation platform aimed at accelerating the creation of products that involve flexible electronics. As part of the project, 20 innovative European companies will be selected to develop new products and business based on this technology. The fifth call  is now open and will close on 19 September 2019.

The project is funded by H2020 and has a budget of 4.5 million euros. Top-level institutions are involved, such as the French centre CEA, TNO, VTT and Fraunhofer. Eurecat’s participation is led by the Smart Management Systems Department, directed by Gabriel Anzaldi, and by the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department, directed by Paul Lacharmoise.

Experience

  • Formulation and deposition of functional inks.

  • Electroluminescent technology (EL).

  • Organic photovoltaic modules (OPV).

  • Hybrid LED devices (HYLED).

  • Electronic circuit printing.

  • Elastic electronics.

  • Injection and thermoforming of printed electronics (IME).

  • Sensor printing.

  • RFID/NFC technology.

  • Design of new electronic devices and prototyping.

  • Development of new Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

  • Redesign and improvement of electronic devices.

Services

  • Technical advice. State of the art.

  • Technical viability study.

  • Industrialisation assistance.

  • Specialised training.

  • Public-private projects.

  • Demostrations

  • Prototyping.

  • Pre-series and industrial scale.

Research Areas

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Smart Engineering

The Smart Engineering & Sensors area within the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department at Eurecat aims to innovate, design and develop new applications that include electronic integration in all kinds of smart devices.

The smart devices developed by the Smart Engineering & Sensors area are interactive, interconnected or connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), and contain the electronics required for this communication and for any specific applications requested by our clients.

Our other activities include the design and deployment of networks of sensors or boosters, data and signal processing, and communication through wireless technology (Bluetooth Low Energy, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, etc.), along with the redesign and improvement of existing electronic devices.

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Printed Electronic

The term printed electronics refers to the manufacturing of electronic components on various substrates through conventional printing techniques.

The main advantage of printed electronics lies in the use of functional inks to print electronic circuits on a wide range of substrates, especially those that are not accessible for traditional circuits, such as plastics, textiles or paper.

The Printed Electronics area of the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department at Eurecat is part of the Organic and Printed Electronics Association (OE-A) and specialises in the printing and development of new solutions involving electronic circuits, active elements (inductors, diodes), passive elements (resistors, capacitors, aerials) and sensors on flexible substrates through the printing of conductive, semi-conductive and dielectric inks.

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Printed Photonic

The Photonics area is part of the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department and specialises in printed optoelectronic device research and development. Optoelectronic devices work because of the interaction between light and electricity. Specifically, we work on the following technologies:

Solar cells (OPV), which transform sunlight into electricity. The diodes are made up of multiple layers of organic and inorganic materials.

Inorganic light-emitting diodes (EL), which transform electricity into light. This is another multi-layer system made up of inorganic materials prepared through various printing techniques, such as serigraphy or inkjet printing. The light surface is flat and may be flexible.

Hybrid light-emitting diodes (HyLED), which transform electricity into light. This is an innovative type of device that combines organic light-emitting layers with inorganic layers to transport the charge, thus combining the versatility of the organic component with the stability in air offered by the inorganic layers. The light surface is flat and may be flexible. The diodes work on 3 V and continuous current.

Multimedia

Lightning Cube

Functional Textile

Wereable Memory Skin Game

Most representative sectors

Key projects

Optogenerapy project

Optogenerapy

Development of optogenetic medical implants with printed electronics and biocompatible materials to deliver therapeutic proteins to Multiple Sclerosis patients.

Do Change project

Do Change

Management system to improve wellness and health. Eurecat has developed a new smart spatula to let users measure salt levels in food using their phones.

Smartees project

SmartEEs

Technology acceleration hub dedicated to help innovative companies to access new markets and grow their business in adopting OLAE (Organic Light Advanced Electronics) technologies in new products lines.

Functional printing & embedded devices Team

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Paul Lacharmoise

Director of the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Unit at Eurecat

Paul Lacharmoise holds a PhD in Physics from the Institute of Material Science of Barcelona, where he conducted research into organic semi-conductors in single-molecule spectroscopy and the near-field photoluminescence of organic nanocrystals. He later decided to dedicate his work to applied research in the field of printed electronics, especially organic photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices.

He has co-authored 20 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and participated in various printed electronics research projects on a national and European scale.

He currently leads the Functional Printing & Embedded Devices Department at Eurecat.