NovaCentrix announced that its Metalon ICI-020 Copper-Oxide Reduction electrically-conductive screen ink has been recognized by AIMCAL in the Materials category of the Technology of the Year competition. NovaCentrix chief scientist Dr. Kurt Schroder accepted the award at the recent AIMCAL March Management Meeting 2011 held at The Boulder Resort in Carefree, AZ.
In the award notification, AIMCAL explained, “The cost-saving potential for the growing printed electronics market captured the interest of the judges.”
“Copper makes printed electronics much more attractive,” said one judge, noting, “It could broaden the use of RFID tags to lower-cost products.”
“We are excited and honored at this recognition, which is consistent with the interest and comments we have received from the marketplace,” Stan Farnsworth, NovaCentrix’ vice president of marketing, said.
The Metalon ICI-020 screen ink the latest example of a new class of inks developed by NovaCentrix based on the patent-pending formulation of copper oxide particles and a reduction agent.
After printing, these inks are converted to highly-conductive thin-film copper when a PulseForge tool is used to modulate a high temperature reduction reaction between the copper oxide and the reducing agent. Additionally, the conversion process happens in ambient air and on low temperature substrates such as paper or plastic at production speeds. The Metalon ICI-020 screen ink, designed for use on paper-based substrates for the smart packaging and RFID markets, is priced in volume at $75/kg.