RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
ALMASCIENCE structures and focuses its R&D program in 5 key thematic development areas.
The first 3 are business oriented, reflecting the long term impact that is expected on the
initially targeted markets.
The other two reflect the necessary transversal approach that will allow achieving the necessary levels of efficiency and effectiveness for the whole process.
Technological and scientific founding associates:
TL1 – Paper manufacturing and modification
Focused on identifying and establishing new lignocellulosic based materials from natural or bacteria origin, according to the requirements of the demonstrators to be produced (porous or dense and compacted paper, transparent or not). Innovation challenges will include paper manufacturing for electronics and microfluidics either to paper industries and the electronic sectors. Specific targets: interactive paper surfaces (e-posters, e-paper displays and touch sensors), smart packaging, smart home surfaces embedding RF antennas/ power management, documents security and paper-based bio-diagnostic tools.
TL2 – Smart systems development and integration
Development of electronic systems for interfacing, control and power management, including the establishment of self-sustainable energy sources, targeting final applications such as smart tags or packages, smart documents or interactive surfaces. Also will be developed systems integrations like hybrid assembly strategies.
TL3 – Smart diagnostics platforms and biosensors
Development of demonstrators for application in healthcare diagnostics sectors and environmental monitoring, including the integration of the sensing, fluidic and electronic components. The aim is to develop an industrially relevant smart Point of Care smart diagnostic for Infection Diseases and environmental hazards using paper as the main platform for a “sample in answer out” disposable device. This will include the verification of the toxicology, functional materials to be used and recyclability possibilities.
Transversal research and innovation thematic lines
TL4 – Modelling, design and systems’ architecture
Defining test vehicles for each sub-system or building block that is created it will be modular. “Functional blocks” are developed, tested, optimised and then integrated in the final demonstration products. This line will also deal with the design of the demo systems, including subsystems selection and the best way to interconnect them. The activity in this thematic line will be of special relevance in designing energy harvesting subsystems specially conceived to ultra-low power consumption, extremely relevant for the set of autonomous systems envisaged as well as for the communication subsystems and protocols.
TL5 – Materials and devices for building blocks
Delivering functional materials to be used in the subsystems, that will include organic, inorganic and hybrid to be integrated as components in the set of devices (passive and active). The goal is to adapt them to be used in the formulation of low cost and roll-to roll/sheet-to-sheet technologies printable inks. These materials will be the basis for the future development of several subsystems such as passive and active elements, sensors (electrochemical, capacitive, resistive or catalytic), energy devices (batteries or supercapacitors), electronic devices (TFT, inverters…) or displays (electrochromic or luminescent ones).