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Arkema, through its Piezotech® materials, has been working with PyzoFlex® for many years, allowing our customers to customize sensor technology for each application.

PyzoFlex® is a fully printed sensor technology based on a printable polymer ink. The transducer is manufactured using a screen printing process, which enables printing of customized sensors of specific shape and size on a variety of substrates including plastic film, paper, glass and metal. We are able to comply to customers' needs at a low cost. Our ferroelectric sensor ink allows a system to detect changes in temperature (∆T; pyroelectric), pressure (∆P; piezoelectric) as well as structure born sound (Hz; vibration). Due to the sensing principle of PyzoFlex®, the transducers themselves do not require a power supply and in fact can also be used for energy harvesting.

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The SPARTACUS research project as part of the EU research initiative BATTERY 2030+ has now been running for around a year. The project has successfully mastered the first milestones and project goals. On the way to sensor-based optimization of charging times, range and service life for lithium-ion batteries, the SPARTACUS project team has worked on a number of partial aspects over the past 12 months.

SPARTACUS, the acronym stands for “Spatially resolved acoustic, mechanical and ultrasonic sensing for smart batteries”. The SPARTACUS project aims to develop a multifunctional sensor array technology for various types of batteries combined with an advanced battery management system ensuring improved charging behaviour and maximized battery lifetime. The optimized detection of battery health and battery function will make it possible to recharge in a safe but fast way – much faster than before.

The project will focus on mechanical and acoustic sensors complemented by temperature sensors and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The sensor data will feed an advanced battery management system, which compares real data with battery data models to gain a comprehensive analysis of the real battery condition.

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The SYMPHONY project aims at developping a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly realization of energy harvesting

The SYMPHONY project is addressing the 21st century challenges concerning the spread of electronic systems in remote locations requiring a change in power generation. Current IoT scenarios expect around 75 billion connected devices by 2025, and the powering of these devices by batteries will result in a considerable amount of potentially hazardous waste. The project consortium aims to develop cost effective and scalable methods to print energy harvesting materials on flexible films and to combine them with energy efficient electronics and sensor technologies.

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The PRESTIGE project aims at bringing together design-thinking innovation strategies with advanced printed functional materials developments (electroactive fluorinated polymers, photoactive materials, electroactive organic moeities, fluorinated relaxor terpolymers, tailor-made polymers for overmoulding and organo-mineral coating).

In PRESTIGE a consortium of 16 partners all along the value chain from designers, material and process scientists, material suppliers, manufacturers, systems integrators, end-users to artists and societal stakeholders has been set-up to stand as a unique European reference in the future fostering design-driven innovation in creative industries and beyond, by promoting their achievements through an SME-oriented cluster of excellence.

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The goal of SUPERSMART project is the industrialization of high-performance key materials in order to secure the electronic material supply chain.

SUPERSMART focuses on industrialization of materials and their processing for:

-Paper-based electronics paves the way to intelligent newspapers, smart labels and further paper-based products.

-Electronics based on metal-oxides is often used in large area electronics such as display backplanes. Transparency and high charge carrier mobility can be achieved by this kind of material.

-Pressure sensor arrays based on piezopolymers avoid the use of lead-containing conventional piezoceramics. Additionally, the capability to print piezopolymers enables one to create an arbitrarily sensor design from large area sensors to minimized sensor cell arrays.

-Near field communication devices can be integrated in smart labels or smart cards.

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