printed electronic devices
The new research activities on ICPs were also stimulated by the novel applications that were foreseen. The combination of electrical conductivity and the properties and processability of polymers was tempting. Most of the early proposed applications were based on replacing inorganic materials in various products. A special focus was on highly conducting polymers. Soon, lower conductivities, and especially the semi-conducting regime, became equally interesting. The semiconductor properties of ICPs were giving rise to new electronic device concepts. Today, the processability properties are highly stressed when looking for low-cost large-scale production. ICPs in polymer blends and inks are in focus for plastics processing and printing techniques.
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