Startups from the Mordovian Nanocenter are developing the Russian printed technology market.

Today, the development of printed technologies in electronics is one of the most promising trends in high-tech industries. To represent achievements and exchange the knowledge of printed electronics cluster, the CEO of Mordovian Nanocenter Dmitry Krahin took part in the printed electronics seminar in Moscow organized by the company AkKolab.

"The Nanocenter has launched and invested in a number of printed and hybrid electronics startups. Nanocenter has an investment agreement with a Finnish company Flexbright that agreed to transfer LED foil technology to Russia. This technology is based on the printed method of producing light-emitting foil in rolls. This transparent sheet has a low energy consumption and has an ultra-thin form factor - its thickness is less than 1 millimeter. The characteristics of the new solution make it possible to expand the scope of application of light elements: from large-format lighting of large objects to integration into building and finishing materials, for example, wallpapers or home textiles,” shared Dmitry Krahin with Russian developers. This solution will increase the scope of the lighting market by using it in new segments. Mass production of LedFoil is planning to be launched in Mordovia. The company Svetcom was established in Saransk that specializes in the aspects of LedFoil application and technology improvement.

Created by the Nanocenter, the engineering center Printed Technologies has already achieved notable results. In August 2017, specialized printed electronic laboratory with high-tech equipment was opened and several R&D were carried out. The achievements of Printed Technology were represented to the participants of the seminar by laboratory engineer Dmitry Korovin. Also, he demonstrated the company's developments such as stretchable paste for printed electronics, printed RFID tags, and printed sensors. The representatives of the electronic industry expressed high interest in stretchable paste, which, according to the achieved characteristics, surpassed the foreign counterparts. The cost of such paste was reduced by 20-30% due to developed know-how.

The participants of the working seminar showed great interest in the possibilities of the Printed Technologies Lab. The laboratory is equipped with the modern equipment that will be used for contractual developments and components prototyping of printed electronics, including portable electronics, flexible printed sensors, flexible transparent displays, and devices for monitoring human vital indicators.

In 2016, the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials of Mordovia Republic, and later its project company Printed Technologies, entered the international printed electronics cluster PrintoCent. This cluster is one of the leading clusters for printed electronics in Europe.

Based on the developments of the company Printed Technologies, the Nanoсenter generated new startups in the field of printed electronics. Thus, the startup PrintоSense is engaged in the creation and launch of modern printed sensors for various applications. The presence of high-tech printed technologies infrastructure opens the possibility of accessing the emerging and very promising global market of printed electronics for smart clothes and shoes, as well as for automotive industry, modern packaging, and robotics.

In conclusion, Dmitry Krahin announced that the Nanocenter planned to invest in the development of a printed and flexible electronics cluster in Saransk up to 350 million rubles in the next 3 years.

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