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Architecting an Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing

Goal: Establish a consortium for flexible electronics technology development and manufacturing and devise a comprehensive plan for a ready-to-launch Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing.

Lead: Arizona Board of Regents, on behalf of Arizona State University
University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287

Award Number: 70NANB14H046

Federal Funding: $499,441

Project Duration: 24 months

Arizona State University (ASU), in collaboration with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, will leverage existing research and development strengths, manufacturing technology assets, and industry-university collaborations to establish and strengthen a consortium for flexible electronics development and manufacturing. Outputs of this planning project will include a list of the most promising new flexible electronics technology products in the short, medium, and long-term time horizons, along with critical manufacturing technology gaps—or showstoppers—and candidate solutions that a prospective institute could pursue. These and other planning outputs will be organized into a comprehensive plan for a ready-to-launch Institute for Flexible Electronics Manufacturing.

Flexible electronics is a highly innovative, emerging technology area that will enable new high-value products with a built-in seamless interface between microelectronics and people. The technology is broadly deployable, with applications ranging from healthcare to infrastructure and from airport security to solar energy. The International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative predicts that the world market for large-area flexible electronics will grow to $126 billion in 2020. The Phoenix region hosts several specialized manufacturing clusters; more than 30,000 manufacturing firms of all sizes operate in the area. In addition, ASU's Flexible Electronics & Display Center has demonstrated several potential breakthroughs in manufacturing capabilities. With its partners, ASU will strategically leverage an existing consortium infrastructure, the region's industrial ecosystem, and its skilled workforce and research talent to assemble all the necessary ingredients for a productive flexible electronics manufacturing innovation institute.

For project information: Amelia Huggins, (408) 965-1754, Amelia.Huggins@asu.edu

Funded Participants:

  • Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix, Ariz.)

AMTech Project Manager: Thomas Lettieri, (301) 975-3496, thomas.lettieri@nist.gov