Sustainable materials and process for green printed electronics

Printed electronics (PE) is one of the fastest-growing waste streams in the European Union (EU), and it is estimated that less than 40% of electronic waste is recycled within the EU. They are made of fossil-based materials and precious metals, and their end-of-life (EoL) is either in landfills or incineration, which in both cases, destroys precious materials forcing the use of mined raw materials. Thus, there is a need to explore new options for PE that are designed for reuse, repair, and high-quality recycling. In this sense, the main goal of Sustain-a-Print (SaP) is to open new life-cycle routes and design and implement sustainability into each life-cycle step. This includes the choice of materials (biobased, recycled, biodegradable), usage, origin, processing, assembly, and EoL.

SAFARI: Safe and Sustainable by Design Graphene/MXenes Hybrids

The SAFARI project aims to develop new 2D materials using sustainable and safe processes. The project focuses on creating hybrid formulations of MXenes and Graphene, which are known to possess unique and desirable properties such as thermal stability and electrical conductivity. The goal of the project is to develop sustainable and safe materials that can be used in a wide range of applications such as more sensible biosensors, conductive ink, and EMI shielding.  This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation funding programme under Grant Agreement 101135965.