Paper-based printed electronics are new recyclable electronic devices with technical, economic and environmental advantages. Additionally, nanocellulose- based printed electronics, produced mainly from wood pulp, offer better printability and performance than paper. It is a promising source of innovation in the biomedical industry.
The project develops a sustainable nanocellulose-based biosensing platform for Drug-of-Abuse analysis, that integrates high-added value printed electronic components with a silicon microchip to provide it with multi sensor data processing, autonomy and wireless communication and that is easy for the user to read.
The main goal of the project will be the use of nanocellulose as a substrate for printed electronics, for lamination film for the encapsulation of the final device and as an active component in the formulation of functional inks. The nanocellulose surface will be functionalized to be printable, with good barrier properties and compatible with functional inks.
Pilot lines and high throughput, high precision and cost-effective S2S screen-printing and ink-jet printing techniques will be used to produce materials and components at large-scale. The final flexible and recyclable biosensing platform will be mass producible with ultra-low power consumption and, therefore, cost-effective, sustainable and environmentally friendly