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R. Sliz, M. Karzarjeddi, H. Liimatainen and T. Fabritius, "Nanocellulose as Sustainable Replacement for Plastic Substrates in Printed Electronics Applications," 2021 IEEE 11th International Conference Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties (NAP), 2021, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1109/NAP51885.2021.9568541

Nanocellulose as sustainable replacement for plastic substrates in printed electronics applications

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Author: Sliz, Rafal1; Karzarjeddi, Mohammad2; Liimatainen, Henrikki2;
Organizations: 1Optoelectronics and Measurement Techniques Unit University of Oulu 90570 Oulu, Finland
2Fibre and Particle Engineering Unit University of Oulu 90570 Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-28


The concepts of IoT, AI, I4.0, and 6G provide amazing opportunities for improving our quality of living, but also require tremendous amounts of data to operate as envisioned. To fulfil this demand for information, a large number of sensors and sensing devices is needed. Evolving sensing capabilities are associated with an increasing amount of electronic and plastic waste, which is rapidly becoming one of the major problems of our society. This research utilizes printed electronics as a method that is capable of fabricating high volumes of sensors to fulfil the requirements of emerging technologies. This study introduces printed environmentally friendly (carbon and water-based inks) conductive electrodes that could serve as vital signals’ sensors. Our results indicate that replacement of PET substrates with biodegradable nanocellulose increases the reliability of the printed electrodes, thanks to ink penetration into the nanocellulose structure. Successful utilization of biodegradable materials and printed electronics provides another example that positions printing technologies as one of the sustainable fabrication methods of the future.

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ISBN: 978-1-6654-3907-7
ISBN Print: 978-1-6654-2988-7
Pages: 1 - 4
DOI: 10.1109/NAP51885.2021.9568541
Host publication: 2021 IEEE 11th International Conference Nanomaterials: Applications & Properties (NAP)
Conference: International Conference Nanomaterials
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
215 Chemical engineering
221 Nanotechnology
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