Report Provides Outlook for the Printed Electronics Materials Business

NanoMarkets, a leading industry analyst firm based here that covers the markets for thin film, organic and printable electronics, today announced the release of the first of four report modules from the firm's Printed Electronics Materials Database. The report issued this week provides NanoMarkets near-term outlook for the printed electronics materials business and concludes that printed electronics is evolving rapidly towards real commercial products and will therefore need materials that perform well and are available in commercial quantities over the next year or so. Additional information about the database including a prospectus is available at

About the Report:

This new report identifies the business opportunities in five key segments of the printed electronics materials business: conductive metallic inks, printed organic materials, printed silicon, inks that use nanomaterials and substrate materials. The report analyses the implications for printed electronics of important developments such as the high price of silver, the latest R&D in organic materials and nanomaterials, and the imminent commercialization of both printed silicon and printed electronics on paper. It also takes a look at what some of the most innovative materials firms are doing to further the evolution of printed electronics.

In this report, NanoMarkets has identified three key trends that are shaping the emerging printed electronics market:

  • A growing number of materials are being turned into inks and thus bringing the advantages of printing to more segments of the electronics industry. The report discusses the new role played by inks made from silicon, carbon nanotubes and innovative hybrid materials such as silver-plated copper, or dye sensitive photovoltaic materials.
  • The printed electronics industry is learning from the established semiconductor industry. Silicon inks are emerging as a viable way to create thin-film transistors, while transfer printing opens up new roads to fabricate sophisticated silicon devices on flexible substrates. Printed silicon is a challenge to the organic electronics paradigm, but also an inspiration as technology developers borrow concepts such as CMOS and materials sets from the silicon world and transfer them to organic electronics.
  • Nanomaterials are establishing themselves as a way forward for printed electronics in a number of ways. Inks using metallic nanoparticles promise higher conductivities and lower curing temperatures, nanosilicon inks may prove the best route to printed silicon, and carbon nanotube inks open up interesting new possibilities for ITO replacements, lighting and even emissive displays.

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