Eikos Awarded National Science Foundation SBIR Phase I Grant for Rapid Prototyping of Nanotube Circuits
FRANKLIN, MA (October 28, 2007) - Innovator of nanotube coatings funded to develop fully printable organic photovoltaics.
Eikos, Inc., innovator of highly transparent carbon nanotube (CNT) inks for conductive coatings and circuits, today announced it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I by the National Science Foundation.
The SBIR Phase I project will develop inkjet printable carbon nanotube inks for rapid prototyping of electronics and displays. LCDs, touch screens, and next generation solar cells all require transparent conductive coatings to conduct electricity while allowing light to pass into or out of the device. Inkjet printing allows direct, rapid patterning of electronic components.
If successful, this project will have a profound impact on the printed electronics and the displays industries. Direct additively patterned nanotube coatings will replace subtractive lithographically patterned transparent conductors. In turn, device designers will be able to rapidly design, create, and test functional prototypes of touch screens, flexible displays, solar cells, organic LEDs, and printed electronics. Using the proposed nanotube inks, functional prototypes will be made in record time at minimum cost. This paradigm shift in device design will lead to faster progress in new printed electronics, as well as adoption of new materials that will lead to brighter, lighter, cheaper, and even flexible displays.
"We are excited to have been awarded this program by NSF," says Eikos CEO, Joseph Piche. "The National Science Foundation recognizes that rapid prototyping is a valuable tool to electronics industry. Eikos’s revolutionary nanotube inks are capable of significantly speeding product development through rapidly prototyped electronic circuits."