Printed electronics facilities - Sustainable and functionalized inks

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Printed electronics facilities - Sustainable and functionalized inks

At the Danish Technological Institute, we understand the importance of sustainable practices in the printing industry. 

Silver-based inks have great electrical and mechanical properties, but their prices are unstable and likely to increase in the future. This makes them unsustainable, especially for electronic applications that have short lifetimes, such as eTextiles and wearables.

To address this sustainability issue, Danish Technological Institute is developing functional inks that use bio-based and sustainable materials. Additionally, Danish Technological Institute is working on recyclable inks that can recover and re-formulate precious and high-cost silver materials.

One promising alternative that Danish Technological Institute is exploring is copper-based (Cu) inks, which offer excellent electrical conductivity and mechanical properties while being more affordable and sustainable than silver. Copper is abundant and cost-effective, and these inks can be printed using various techniques and are suitable for long-lasting electronic devices.

If you would like to learn more about Danish Technological Institute's copper-based inks, including the latest safety data sheets (SDS), please feel free to contact us, and we will provide you with the information you need.

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Silver Nanowire (AgNW) inks – These inks are typically used as conductive and transparent coatings.  If you would like more information about our AgNW inks, as well as the latest SDS, please contact us and we will send you the information you need.

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