ANI won for its inkjettable conductive copper ink, which can be processed in air and printed on a flexible thin-film substrate, such as a polyimide. The low-cost technology can pave the way for a new generation of environmentally friendly products and manufacturing methods. Within the printed electronics industry, it is well known that making products smaller and more efficiently is a major way to reduce energy use, costs, and negative environmental impact.
The creation of this inkjettable ink allows geometries and layers to be placed exactly where they are needed, in a process known as additive manufacturing. The low processing temperature of the ink enables the use of thin-film substrates, creating a reduction in energy and material usage. Copper itself is substantially less expensive than silver, a material commonly used in printed electronics, while its conductivity is only 5% lower.
"It is an honor to be recognized by IDTechEx and a panel of independent experts in printed electronics," said Dr. Zvi Yaniv, CEO of Applied Nanotech Inc. "We hope that this accomplishment will facilitate the expansion of the printed electronics industry."
"Our investors and strategic partner have dedicated significant financial resources to this effort," said Thomas Bijou, CEO of Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. "It is gratifying to receive recognition for the truly innovative nature of these developments."
Applied Nanotech Inc. is an R&D IP company focused on solving problems at the molecular level. Its team of PhD-level scientists and engineers work with companies and other organizations to solve technical impasses and create innovations that will create a competitive advantage.
About Applied Nanotech Holdings
Applied Nanotech Holdings Inc. is a premier research and commercialization organization, dedicated to developing applications for nanotechnology, with an extremely strong position in the fields of electron emission applications from carbon film/nanotubes, sensors, functionalized nanomaterials, and nanoelectronics. It also possesses investments related to electronic digitized sign technology. Applied Nanotech has over 250 patents or patents pending, and its business model is to license its technology to partners that will manufacture and distribute products using the technology.