The Thailand Organic & Printed Electronics Innovation Centre (Topic) is a facility for private partners to conduct and commercialise research.
Adisorn Tuantranont, director of the Nanoelectronics and MEMS Lab at the NSTDA'S National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (Nectec), will oversee Topic.
Like the government-funded Large Area Processing Research Programme (LARP) in Singapore, set up to help the state's domestic manufacturing industries such as print remain competitive, Topic's R&D will benefit printing and packaging initially, since these are large domestic industries. It will also help differentiate Thailand from other printed electronics industries in Asia, such as South Korea and Japan, which are focused on displays.
Topic will provide research facilities as well as resources for researchers from across NSTDA's four main centres. In addition to Nectec these are National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Biotec), National Metal and Materials Technology Centre (MTec) and National Nanotechnology Centre (Nanotec).
Topic will provide research services to businesses and help to link the private sector with other universities and R&D centres in related fields. Another aim of the centre is to provide technology and knowledge transfer to start-ups.
At Nectec Tuantranont's work includes an inkjet-printed saliva glucose sensor, carbon nanotube printing for self-assembly nanotransistors and biosensor applications, and inkjet printing guided electrospinning technology. His team's research into an oxygen-free graphene ink is being commercialised by Innophene, set up in 2011 to develop a process for manufacturing the ink for various markets, including solar and batteries, RFID, and healthcare.
Topic is also a member of Germany's Organic Electronics Association (OE-A).
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Thailand Organic & Printed Electronics Innovation Centre
The Thailand Organic & Printed Electronics Innovation Centre (Topic) is a facility for private partners to conduct and commercialise research