High Temperature Capability, Flexibility and Strength.
Flexible electronics in light of the Internet of Things has been pushing the performance envelope for thin film substrate in emerging applications and processing technologies such as wearables and hybrid systems, encompassing silicon, lithographic and printed electronics. Applications in aerospace, automotive, medical and power electronics can demand more from the substrate than traditional film substrate materials can deliver.
Following the success of APTIVTM film, Victrex is now developing new technology to make biaxially oriented polyetheretherketone (BOPEEK) film with potential for use as a substrate in flexible electronics applications. The technical paper that can be downloaded from this page presents potential benefits of BOPEEK film based on preliminary data generated from tests* at Victrex. Evaluation samples of the films may be available upon enquiry.
With a temperature capability above 250°C, BOPEEK film made with VICTREXTM PEEK has the potential to provide a bridge between organic and high temperature inorganic oxide technologies, allowing both classes of materials to be processed on the same substrate, with consequent performance advantages and design freedom.
What's your challenge with film in flexible electronics applications?
*data on file at Victrex, available on request
Sensors may have to operate in high temperature or chemically aggressive environments (or both). BOPEEK film has the potential to resist such environments better than competing materials. PEEK film can also encapsulate the sensor using heat sealing to enclose the device.
Processing steps for devices such as displays may require high temperatures (GIZO transistors) and aggressive chemical etchants. BOPEEK film can be used under such conditions to successfully create display and other devices, such as printed memory circuits.
Emerging lighting technologies, such as organic light emitting diodes can also be created on BOPEEK film which lends itself to being planarised and coated with barrier layers to protect the sensitive organic compounds within the device. High temperature stability allows faster coating of barrier layers for more efficient throughput.
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