Center Installs Roll-to-Roll Nanofabrication Line, Inks Corporate Partnership

Achievement date: 
2018
Outcome/accomplishment: 

The NSF-funded Nanomanufacturing Systems for Mobile Computing and Mobile Energy Technologies (NASCENT) Engineering Research Center, headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), installed a roll-to-roll (R2R) nanofabrication line, including R2R patterning, vacuum deposition, and etching. The R2R line enables R2R process development and device prototyping.

Impact/benefits: 

The Center hopes to use the R2R lines to make production of flexible electronics less expensive than it is currently. The unique facility at NASCENT attracts academic and corporate partners for research collaboration.

Explanation/Background: 

NASCENT formed a partnership with U.K.-based engineering company Emerson & Renwick to jointly develop R2R nanofabrication systems and processes. The corporate partnership will help NASCENT achieve its goal of creating a scalable and cost-effective nanotech factory.

Roll-to-roll manufacturing creates electronics on a roll of flexible plastic or metal foil and is a key process for making many commodities, as well as products such as Scotch tape and paper towels.