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  Microelectronics has been developed nearly 60 years. In more than 50 years, silicon based semiconductor material has been dominating all areas of microelectronics. Making transistors and electronic circuits by conventional printing process, i.e. printed electronics, has been a dream ever since organic electronic materials were discovered and developed. In recent years, the maturity of nanomaterials development brought a new life to printed electronics. Many inorganic nanomaterials can be made into ink forms and become printable. The electric and optoelectric properties of these nanomaterials combined with printing finally made printed electronics feasible and in industrial scale. Printed electronics, joined by organic electronics, plastic electronics, paper electronics, flexible electronics and transparent electronics, form a new class of electronics which is distinctively different from the well known silicon electronics. They can be made in large size, flexible and most importantly at low cost. The printing is an additive manufacturing which is less polluted and less energy consumption. Printing by inkjet can be digital and easily customizable for electronic manufacturing. For more information and knowledge about printed electronics, please read the book titled ¡°Printed Electronics: Materials, Technologies and Applications¡±, written by PERC researchers and published in 2016 by Wiley.

  The ¡°Printable Electronics Research Centre (PERC)¡± at Suzhou Institute of Nanotech and Nanobionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, was the first of such a center established in China, which has its main focus on scientific research and technology development in printed electronics. The Centre was setup by Professor Zheng Cui who returned to China in October 2009 after his 20 years career abroad. Since its establishment, the Centre has built up a multidisciplinary research team with more than 70 researchers, of which 30 are staff members. A total 2000m2 of facility has been built, including three separate laboratories on printed electronics, inkjet printing equipments and printed flexible photovoltaic. The Centre has purchased over $5M worth of equipments and instruments, in addition, has access to the state-of-the-art nanofabrication and characterization facilities located within the Institute. In the last 8 years, PERC teams have conducted more than 50 research projects with more than 100 million RMB funding from the central government, local government and industry. The Printed Electronics Engineering Center £¨PEEC£©was setup in 2014 to facilitate the transition from scientific research to engineering and prototyping development. Close ties with leading industries nationwide have also been established.

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