2014-03-13 07:29:02 - New Opportunities for Gold: Conductive Inks for the Electronics Industry 2013-2019 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
Gold is a precious metal that is used in the electronics industry due to its stability characteristics.
Compelling benefits of using gold in electronics are its high stability - unlike silver there is no crystal growth which is often damaging when interfacing with other materials- and no tarnishing, leading to high reliability and longevity. It has a high work function making it of particular interest as an electrode in many printed architectures. It is also of interest to those working with organic materials as these are prone to failure over time when interfaced with silver electrodes due to migration issues.
However, gold´s high cost is an important disadvantage -starting with the costs for the bulk material. In fact, prices for silver inks
are already considered too high, with efforts underway to identify solutions such as copper-based inks in order to reduce costs. Despite this, there are several market opportunities where the benefits of using gold could potentially outweigh the higher cost.
There are several organizations using nano-particle gold inks today, but most of the work is R&D and some way from commercialisation. Suppliers of gold ink today that are selling ink commercially -albeit in small quantities- include NanoMas Technologies Inc, Johnson Matthey and Harima (inkjet-printed inks). Screen printable versions are also available (such as from Electroscience Ltd, UK). In addition to these, some companies have formulated gold inks in-house or supply gold inks to a few key customers, but do not make them available commercially.
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