A new generation of cheap lightweight plastic electronic technology that does not require silicon, but which is optically transparent and can be coated onto everyday objects would transform our world.
"Working collaboratively with industry is not only satisfying in that I see aspects of my work translate into real engineered products, but it provides inspiration for new avenues of research too. Roadmapping then allows me to critically assess how I should be developing my research portfolio and engaging with industry to maximise the likelihood of productive collaboration."
—Dr Andrew Flewitt
Imagine electronically updated food labels, computers embedded in our armchairs, even contact lenses linking us directly to the Internet to bring us into the age of plastic electronics. In this video podcast Dr Andrew Flewitt and Dr Robert Phaal both from the Department of Engineering and Scott White serial entrepreneur and CEO of Pragmatic Printing talk about the creative partnership forged between different parts of the Department of Engineering and outside companies that enable the technology and research in this area to be exploited successfully.