Dutch researchers make flexible ceramics for circuit boards

Posted on Wednesday, February 03 2016 @ 15:51 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
ARS Technica reports Eurekite, a Dutch startup at the University of Twente, has discovered a new material it calls "flexiramics". As the name suggests, this material is a flexible type of ceramics. It's a foldable, tissue-like material that could be used for circuit boards, it's non-conducting, non-flammable and resistant to high temperatures:
"The discovery of flexiramics came as a surprise," Gazquez said. "It happens sometimes that you discover something you're not looking for. I took [the samples] out after an experiment and saw it was a flexible material, so my first reaction was—okay, it didn't work. But soon after I realised it didn't burn."

Eurekite's plan is to use the new material to manufacture a flexible ceramic PCB (printed circuit board) for heavy-duty electronics that would combine the flexibility and light weight of a polymer with the thermal and dielectric (electrically insulating) properties of a ceramic. A 10 by 10 cm piece of the material will cost under €1, while the market price of a PCB based on it will be "similar" to those currently used in the industry, Gazquez said.

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