CSIRO joins WA electronics manufacturer to develop global nanocube tech

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Perth-based electronics manufacturer Strategic Elements has signed a research agreement with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to develop printable Nanocube Memory ink technology.

CSIRO’s nanomaterials and devices team based in Melbourne has been developing techniques that allow for the reproduction of nanoparticles on a commercial scale.

The nanocube technology, which was invented by the University of New South Wales (UNSW), combines low-cost traditional printing processes with advanced inks and new forms of flexible materials.

The current programme is the first of a number of proposed stages to assist with the scale-up of the synthesis of nanocubes, which are printed during the fabrication of Resistive Random Access Memory (RRAM) devices.

“The printable memory opportunity we are chasing is large and global,” said Charles Murphy, Strategic Elements’ managing director.

“This agreement is another step in building out a team that can assist us to achieve our goal of printable, flexible memory.

“We are cognisant of the fact that we need a development team with the ability to compete globally and look forward to working with the scientists from CSIRO Nanomaterials and Devices.”

Strategic Elements first identified the technology opportunity at the UNSW in 2015 and committed resources to constructing and patenting prototype inks.

In addition, the research group led by Professor Sean Li at UNSW has recently acquired advanced printing and slot die coating equipment.

Producing advanced electronic materials, it is only the second installation of the tool globally.

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