Conducting Polymer Inks

Market Overview:

Metal-based nanoparticles and carbon black particles have been used previously as the conducting phase in inks for the printing market due to their high conductivity. Polymeric conductive materials can alleviate the high-cost burden of metals but have had significant problems with solubility and some resulting in lower than desirable conductivities. The technology discussed herein solves both of these barriers.

The electrochemical ink in this conducting polymer colloidal nanocomposite invention includes a dispersion of colloidal nanocomposite particles in liquid carrier. The ink can utilize any carrier liquid. The shell is formed of conducting polymer and the core material can be selected depending on the required characteristics of the ink. 


· Printing processes: Lithography, flexography, screen, and inkjet printing

· Photovoltaics

· Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) components

· Sensors

· Memory devices


· Environmentally-friendly benign solvents (water, alcohols)

· The conducting polymer inks can be printed at high-speeds and high-volume

· Can be printed on a variety of substrates

· Low Cost


Related Publications:

Han, M.G. et al., “Polyaniline coated poly(butyl methacrylate) core–shell particles: roll-to-roll printing of templated electrically conductive structures” J. Mater. Chem., 2007, 17, 1347–1352.


Inventors:                        Stephen Foulger, et al

Protection Status:           Patent application filed

Licensing Status:            Available for licensing

CURF Ref No:                06-034


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Patent Information:
Advanced Materials
For Information, Contact:
Chris Gesswein
Director of Licensing
Clemson University Research Foundation
Moongyu Han
Jay Sperry
Samuel Ingram
Stephen Foulger
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