Chemical additives make plastic electronic devices easier "crystal"

The latest research by the International Research Group shows that the use of commonly used industrial chemical additives can effectively strengthen the control of the crystallization process in the manufacture of plastic electronic products. Researchers said the newly developed plastic electronic product preparation methods in a number of areas have broad prospects for use, it is possible to completely change the plastic electronic products manufacturing.

Many of the processing of plastic products are related to the "crystallization" of this process. The so-called crystallization, refers to the plastic molding process in the order of molecules in a certain order, it affects the transparency of plastic products and flexibility. Usually in the production of transparent plastic containers, such as plastic lunch boxes, people will use chemical additives to control the crystallization process, but in the manufacture of plastic electronic devices, there is no precedent to use chemical additives.

A team of researchers from the UK, the United States, and Switzerland has recently published papers in the journal Nature and Materials that their new research suggests that chemical additives can also be used in the manufacture of plastic electronic products. In this study, the researchers used two commonly used industrial additives - IrgaclearòXT386 and Milladò3988, to strengthen the control of the crystallization of plastic electronic devices during the preparation process. They found that the use of these additives, the crystallization process will not only accelerate the control of the crystal will become easier. With the use of high temperature to accelerate the crystallization process is different from the use of chemical additives, no longer need high-temperature catalytic, so as to avoid the high temperature caused by the deterioration of material quality defects.

In addition, the use of chemical additives there is another benefit, will make the consistency of the crystal is greatly improved, thus ensuring the overall distribution of plastic devices uniformity of the crystallization. This means that circuit manufacturing in plastic electronics will become faster and easier to print as printed as paper, which is difficult to achieve in the past.

Researchers say the new discovery can be used in a number of areas, such as the construction of protein crystals in the pharmaceutical industry, the manufacture of solar cells in the energy industry, and the processing of flexible circuits in the electronic information industry.

As one of the major inventions of mankind in the 20th century, plastics have made great efforts in the manufacture of electronic products. But its access to the core components of electronic products - the process of semiconductor chips is a lot of trouble. Over the years, silicon crystal in the field of electronic materials leader in the dominant position can not shake, however, its high production costs, often for those more cost-sensitive consumer electronics industry unbearable. As a result, this cheap alternative to plastic stood out, and with the manufacture of plastic electronic devices more and more easy, plastic electronic device application prospects will be more optimistic.

Editor: Xu Chingwen


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