Scalable Production of Conductive Polymer Films that Extends Life of Electronics

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Utilizes Cost-Effective and Environmentally Friendly Products in Polymer Film Production

This polymer film production replaces destructive reagents and steps in conductive film production and increases the longevity of electronics coated with the film. Polymer films are used extensively in the creation of electronic devices despite processing methods that are costly, time consuming, and rely on harmful chemicals. In the United States alone, the specialty film industry is predicted to reach $8.4 billion by 2019. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new polymer film that relies on water as a solvent instead of dangerous chemicals. This results in a safer and more environmentally friendly production process that increases the lifespan for electronics coated with the film.

Application

Conductive polymer films that are safe to produce and ensure longer lasting electronics

Advantages

  • Replaces methods that utilize acidic polyelectrolytes, increasing the lifetime of electronic devices using it
  • Utilizes water rather than harmful chemicals, reducing the risk of harm to the environment and to workers during the production process
  • Easily replicated, enabling large-scale production

Technology

This polymer film is created in a manner that is much easier to replicate for application in large-scale projects in comparison to other film production processes. Additionally, other methods use high temperatures or irradiation to create the film, making the process expensive, harmful to the environment, and detrimental to the lifespan of electronics that are coated with the film. This system creates film without utilizing these factors, resulting in much more beneficial film. This contributes to the cost effectiveness of the process and increases the lifespan of electronics that are coated in the film. The use of water in the production process makes the film more environmentally friendly.