Sensors / IoT and Nanomanufacturing

The “internet of things” concept envisions intelligence and communication built into all kinds of consumer products and during smart manufacturing of these products. Printed electronics offers one low-cost pathway towards this future however new low-cost sensor, memory, computing and communication technologies need to be developed and effectively integrated into a range of manufacturing techniques and consumer products in a scalable, economically sustainable way.  The Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University is leading a research initiative with two dozen faculty across ten Schools and four Colleges to combine advances in roll-to-roll systems, functional printing and scalable nanomanufacturing to overcome this challenge. Given Purdue’s strengths in Pharmacy, Health and human science, and Food/Agriculture, there is particular interest in focusing efforts on smart thin films towards these sectors.