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Overall Aim


To accelerate the development of wearable and flexible technologies by integrating device component using advanced functional materials along with scalable, cost-effective and reliable manufacturing techniques.

 

Goals


  1. 1.To develop scalable roll-to-roll technologies suitable for cost-effective deposition of functional phas-change, photovoltaic, organic sensor and thermoelectric materials.

  2. 2.To minimize waste in the deposition of thin-films in case of expensive or environmentally sensitive elements used in functional materials.

  3. 3.To develop new approaches for effective in-situ monitoring of key film parameters, in particular film thickness, to guarantee designed-for functional material properties at the manufacturing stage.

 
The first Industrial Advisory Board meeting took place at Wolfson College Oxford on 7-8 Oct 2015News.html

Project WAFT


Wearable and Flexible Technologies Enabled by Advanced Thin-film Manufacture and Metrology

1 May 2015 - 30 April 2019

48 months


Background


Wearable and textile-embedded (opto)electronics, device manufacturing on flexible substrate and system-integrated energy generation techniques offer exciting prospects for the development of next-generation advanced materials. The market potential for such technologies is huge, with estimates of a market size of US$77 billion by 2023 (IDtechEx).

The main challenges are the lack of reliability, performance limitations of (opto)electronics on flexible substrates, and the lack of flexible power sources.

 

“I think everyone is frustrated at having had the technology demonstrated in a lab so long ago and not being able to manufacture it.” Prof. Harish Bhaskaran said when interviewed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).