Linde Electronics’ Carbon Nanotube Inks to Drive Innovation in Next-generation Electronic Devices

QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8(Nanowerk News) Linde Electronics, the global  electronics business of The Linde Group, launched a revolutionary new carbon  nanotube ink to drive innovation in the development of next generation displays,  sensors and other electronic devices. Linde’s carbon nanotube inks can be used  to manufacture completely new technologies, such as a smartphone with a screen  that rolls up like a window shade and a see-through GPS device embedded in the  windshield of a car.                      

Carbon nanotubes are an allotrope of carbon like graphite and  diamond, and they have unique physical and electronic properties. These include  a higher thermal conductivity than diamond; greater mechanical strength than  steel (orders of magnitude by weight); and a larger electrical conductivity than  copper. It is due to these properties that carbon nanotubes will enable  electronic device manufacturers develop more innovative electronic devices.                      

To help device manufacturers and the research and development  community to explore the full potential of carbon nanotube based technologies,  Linde is making its nanotube inks available to developers. These nanotube inks  contain individual carbon nanotubes and are produced without damaging or  shortening the nanotubes and therefore preserve the unique nanotube properties. 

This landmark development drastically improves the performance of transparent  conductive thin films made from the inks and opens the door for the development  of nanotube applications in not only consumer electronics, but also the  healthcare sector and sensor manufacturing.                      

“While we’ve seen a lot of excitement around nanotubes in the  past ten years, we’ve not yet seen a commercially viable nanotube solution in  the market because of challenges in the processing of this great material,” said  Dr Sian Fogden, Market and Technology Development Manager for Linde Electronics’  nanomaterials unit. “Our nanotube technology and our unique nanotube inks  overcome these challenges, paving the way for completely new types of  high-functionality electronic devices.”                      

Linde, which develops and supplies specialist materials and  gases for the world’s leading electronic manufacturers, is in the final  development stages with its single wall carbon nanotube technology. Alongside  the launch of the nanotube ink into the development community, the company will  also provide its nanotube ink at large scale directly to electronic device  manufacturers.                      

About The Linde Group                     

The Linde Group is a world-leading gases and engineering company  with around 62,000 employees in more than 100 countries worldwide. In the 2012  financial year, Linde generated revenue of EUR 15.280 bn. The strategy of the  Group is geared towards long-term profitable growth and focuses on the expansion  of its international business with forward-looking products and services. Linde  acts responsibly towards its shareholders, business partners, employees, society  and the environment — in every one of its business areas, regions and locations  across the globe. The company is committed to technologies and products that  unite the goals of customer value and sustainable development.

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