Case Studies

Hold the Presses: Flexible Electronics Support Clean Energy

University of Washington professor Devin MacKenzie demonstrates how thin-film electronics can be printed like newsprint on an advanced roll-to-roll printer. MacKenzie is a veteran entrepreneur having founded and led several flexible electronics start-up companies before joining UW.

The ability to print electronics using roll-to-roll printers, screen printing techniques, and three-dimensional techniques will revolutionize how energy is generated, measured and stored. Applications using these advanced manufacturing techniques range from thin-film photovoltaics, to organic light emitting diodes for touch screens and flexible batteries, and to sensors for medical devices.

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds are at the center of the modernization of flexible, lightweight, and ultra-thin devices. We pair state-of-the-art manufacturing and characterization instrumentation with world-class research and industry expertise.

As a member of the NextFlex consortium, the Testbeds is working with companies globally to fabricate and test devices for clean tech and medical uses. For example, MicroConnex, a Washington-based flexible circuits fabrication company, is currently using the facilities for advanced R&D activities leveraging both UW staff expertise and equipment access. Other collaborators include FOM Technologies, specializing in coating and testing equipment for research and development of functional materials such as printed photovoltaics.




Flexible Electronics Instrumentation:

FOM Solar X3 Roll-to-Roll Printer

FOM Slot-Die Coater

FOM Mini Roll Coater

NewLong LS 34GX Screen Printer

nScrypt 3Dn-300 3D Printer


UW Joins Public Private Partnership for Flexible Electronics, UW News

University of Washington Is Using a Former Manufacturing Plant To Develop Clean Energy Products, Seattle Business Magazine

VIDEO: Brandon Rotondo explains the process for developing and printing flexible solar cells on the FOM Solar X3 Roll-to-Roll printer.