ERC Starting Grant, New-Fun, New era of printed paper electronics based on advanced functional cellulose

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


Fully recyclable and low cost electronic goods are still far from reality. NewFun aims the creation of environmentally friendly advanced functional materials and processes able to result in a new class of paper based electronic products. This represents a rebirth of the paper millenary industry for a plethora of low cost, recyclable and disposable electronics, bringing Europe into the forefront of a new era of consumer electronics.
While the vision of the proposal is a very ambitious one, the ground-breaking research work to date done my NewFun PI, related to oxide based transistors on paper, has contributed to the basic technological breakthroughs needed to create the key elements to establish a new era of paper electronics.
Field effect transistors (FETs), memory and CMOS devices, with excellent electronic performance and using paper as substrate and dielectric have resulted from my recent work. The goal now is to reinvent the concept of paper electronics. In NEW_FUN completely new and disruptive approach
where functionalized cellulose fibers will be used not only as dielectric but also as semiconductor and conductor able to coexist in a multilayered paper structure. That is, to assemble paper that can have different functionalities locally, on each face or even along its entire thickness/bulk. This way, issues such as failure
under bending, mechanical robustness and stability can be minimized. With this approach, electronic and electrochemical devices can be produced not only on paper but also from paper. The outputs of NEW_FUN will open the door to render paper a real electronic material, making disposable/recyclable electronic products possible, such as smart labels/packages (e.g. food and drug industries), sensors for air quality control (car, house and industrial environments); disposable electronic devices such as bio-detection platforms, lab-on-paper systems, among others.
Degree of recognitionInternational
Granting OrganisationsEuropean Commission