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Commercialisation of ‘smart’ glass technology

Jun 13, 2016   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Large area, low power 'smart' glass developed in the CIKC project LEAF is being commercialised by Cambridge Enterprise, the University’s commercialisation arm, with a major industrial partner through a technology framework transfer agreement. 

Researchers in the Department of Engineering developed a type of ‘smart’ glass that switches back and forth between transparent and opaque, while using very low amounts of energy. It can be switched back and forth millions of times, and can be kept in either state for as long as the user wants. The material, known as Smectic A composites, could be used in buildings, automotive or display applications.

Working with industrial partners including Dow Corning, the Cambridge researchers have been developing ‘Smectic A’ composites over the past two decades. The team has made samples of Smectic A based glass, and based on work funded through the CIKC grant, is now also able to produce it on a roll-to-roll process so that it can be printed onto plastic. 

Possible applications for smectic A composites include uses in the construction, advertising and automotive industries. For example, it could be applied to glass buildings in order to regulate the amount of sunlight that could get through, or it could be used as a ‘sunroof’ in a car that could be switched back and forth between transparent and opaque.

The full version of this story was originally published as a Cambridge University News Item.


Save the Date: innoLAE 2017 conference

Apr 14, 2016   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

We are pleased to announce that the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics will host the 3rd Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference in Cambridge on 31 January- 1 February 2017.

Please book it in your calendars.

The conference venue and further details are to follow.

If you are interested in LAE technology from any perspective- as a researcher, a manufacturer, an end-user, a business developer, a policy maker or a trade association we invite you to stay connected and join us for the innoLAE 2017 conference.

If you are not on our mailing list and would like to attend this conference, please send us an email to register your interest and to be kept up-to-date with all the innoLAE 2017 news.


£150 student rate

£250 early bird rate

£300 standard delegate rate

£50 gala dinner

Contact us

For general enquiries, please contact Vika Lebedeva-Baxter (e:, t: +44 (0)1223 748370).

ROADMap systems raises $1.7m in Series A investment

Apr 12, 2016   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

Cambridge University spin-out company ROADMap systems has announced that it has successfully closed a funding round of $1.7 million by securing investment from a number of institutional and private investors. The investment will help fund the expansion of the business as it takes its revolutionary wavelength selective switch (WSS) technology to market.

The company was spun out from the University of Cambridge in 2013 based on research by CIKC (PASSBACK project). ROADMap is developing the next generation of WSS that is universal, flexible, and software upgradable. These switches are used to create Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexers (ROADMs) which are now a fast expanding part of optical telecom networks, enabling the flexible use of different wavelengths of light that carry traffic through the network. Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) technology, which was one of the main themes of CIKC, has emerged as the beste candidate to meet the demands of current and future needs, and ROADMap Systems is developing these into the next-generation WSS, which are densely integrated to achieve high performance and low cost.

For more details of the funding round see: roadmap-systems-secures-1-7m-in-series-a-investment/

innoLAE 2016 Conference programme announced

Jan 12, 2016   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

The programme for the Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE 2016) has been announced by the organizers, the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics. The conference will be held in Robinson College, Cambridge (UK) on the 1st and 2nd of February 2016 and combines a varied 2-day presentation programme, poster session and exhibition. With an emphasis on manufacturing, innoLAE 2016 will provide an opportunity to hear the latest results from UK academic researchers, the latest developments from UK and international companies active in the LAE technology (including printed, plastic, organic and flexible electronics), and keynotes from leading international researchers and end-user organisations. There will be ample networking opportunities available throughout the conference, including tea and lunch breaks, poster session, exhibition and a gala dinner at Selwyn College.

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Donal Bradley, University of Oxford
  • Professor Antonio Facchetti, Polyera
  • Dr Faiz Sherman, Procter & Gamble

Invited speakers 

  • Professor Magnus Berggren, Linköping University
  • Raghu Das, IDTechEx
  • Dr Roy Katso, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Professor Harri Kopola, VTT
  • Professor Stephanie Lacour, EPFL
  • Dr Martina Pintani, Cambridge Display Technology
  • Professor Henry Snaith, University of Oxford

The conference programme can be downloaded here and for more information about the conference visit the conference website:


Printable laser spin-out ilumink acquired by Tracerco

Mar 6, 2015   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments


Cambridge University spin-out ilumink, the leader in printable laser technology, has been acquired by leading industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson Matthey group.

ilumink has developed new approaches for physical authentication with breakthroughs in printable laser technology. Key applications include authentication, anti-counterfeiting and security products. Potential markets range from high-value consumer goods through to pharmaceuticals. The technology is unique in offering brand owners overt, covert and forensic authentication in one easily applied print feature.

The company was founded by key members of the Department of Engineering research team at the University of Cambridge. Its technology was made possible using grant funding from the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC), and the Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre (CIKC) (through the PORTALS project), with subsequent commercialisation funded and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub. Patent funding and support was provided by Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge.

More details are available on the Cambridge Enterprise website.

innoLAE 2015 Conference Programme

Jan 14, 2015   //   by admin   //   News  //  No Comments

The programme for the Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE) has been announced by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics. The conference is being held at Downing College, Cambridge from February 3-4 2015.

Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani, University of Osaka and Dr Christian Brox-Nilsen from Thin-Film Electronics ASA have been confirmed to deliver keynote talks about Large-Area Electronics (LAE) in bio-electronics and the Internet of Things. Other confirmed talks include speakers from

  • Jaguar Land Rover Ltd,
  • Robert Bosch GmbH,
  • 3M,
  • Silvaco Europe Ltd,
  • Plastic Logic Ltd,
  • Oxford Lasers Ltd,
  • Pragmatic Printing Ltd,
  • Merck Chemicals Ltd and
  • InnovisCoat GmbH

They  will report on LAE technologies, business cases, and perspectives and needs from various industry sectors.

Presenters from lead research institutes, academic groups and government agencies include:

  • Professor George Malliaris from Ecole des Mines,
  • Dr Barbara Stadlober from Joanneum Research,
  • Professor Don Lupo from the University of Tampere,
  • Professor Martin Taylor from Bangor University,
  • Dr Ravinder Dahiya from University of Glasgow,
  • Dr Himadri Majumdar from VTT,
  • Professor David Worsley from SPECIFIC,
  • Pit Teunissen from Holst Centre,
  • Matteo Donega and Dr Antony Sou from the University of Cambridge,
  • Dr Simon Ogier from CPI,
  • Dr Andy Sellars of innovateUK and
  • Professors Henning Sirringhaus and Thomas Anthopoulos from the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Large-Area Electronics.

The conference programme also includes an exhibition, poster session and a gala dinner.  The full programme can be downloaded here.


innoLAE 2015 is sponsored by SIJ Technology and Printed Electronics Ltd (Platinum sponsor), NovaCentrix, Plastic Logic (Gold sponsors), PixDro and DZP Technologies (Silver sponsors).

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For more information or to register, please visit the conference webpage.