DuPont Microcircuit Materials Extends Printed Electronics Research and Holst Centre Collaboration

Advancing OLED Lighting, Wearable Electronics and Smart Packaging Technologies

BRISTOL, UK and EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 26, 2014 - DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) and Holst Centre have extended their collaboration focused on advanced materials for the printed electronics industry. The collaboration is expected to advance technology specifically in the area of Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) lighting, wearable electronics, in-mold electronics, sensors and smart packaging.

“DuPont is pleased to continue its collaboration with Holst Centre to enhance the potential for significant new materials for printed electronics,” said Kerry Adams, European marketing manager, DuPont Microcircuit Materials. “Continued innovation will be key to unlocking new opportunities in this market as we have seen with our recent advances in nano-silver conductor inks for OLED lighting.”

DuPont will continue as a partner in Holst Centre’s research on printing technologies and will additionally contribute to the prototype development of wearable, formable and stretchable electronics in order to help accelerate the uptake of new materials in real applications. The work will concentrate on optimizing printed metallic structures on flexible substrates in terms of conductivity, fine line deposition and low energy sintering. A variety of roll-to roll compatible printing techniques will be studied including screen, flexography and ink jet. Alternative conductor metallurgies will be studied as well as reactive systems for depositing conductive traces.

“Holst Centre and DuPont have had a longstanding and successful collaboration,” said Pim Groen, program manager, Printed Structures on Flexible Substrates. “It is exciting to extend that into new areas of technology.”

DuPont will be highlighting its latest research findings about new screen printable nano-silver conductor ink developments for grids and bus lines in OLED lighting and exhibiting its full range of printed electronics offerings at stand B0-314 at LOPEC, the International Exhibition and Conference for Printed Electronics, May 26 – 28 in Munich, Germany.  Holst Centre will also showcase the latest developments in printed electronics technology at stand B0-202. In addition, DuPont will be presenting its range of inks specifically for printed biosensor applications at stand11 at Biosensors 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, May 27 - 30.

Holst Centre is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and for Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs. Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from around 28 nationalities and a commitment from close to 40 industrial partners.

DuPont Microcircuit Materials is an established high volume supplier of electronic inks and pastes and has developed a broad range of printed electronic materials commercially available today. This growing range of functional inks is used for forming conductive traces, capacitor and resistor elements, and dielectric and encapsulating layers that are compatible with many substrate surfaces including polyester, glass and ceramic.  DuPont Microcircuit Materials has over 40 years of experience in the development, manufacture, sale, and support of specialized thick film compositions for a variety of electronic applications in the automotive, display, photovoltaic, biomedical, industrial, military, and telecommunications markets.  For more information on DuPont Microcircuit Materials, visit

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802.  The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.  For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit


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