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  • For Greater Good: Center for development of flexible electronics at IIT Kanpur

    We've witnessed an emerging range of flexible and printable electronic products that are beginning to bring a global revolution in various sectors such as healthcare, power, lighting, defence, security packaging etc. An important question at this juncture is 'How can India play a major role in this revolution? To find out the answer to this question, the scientists of IIT-Kanpur held a brainstorming session where experts from Indian industry and leading academic and research institutions took part. The session was held on Friday at IIT-Kanpur campus with the support from department of electronics and information technology.

    A specific proposal of developing a center on flexible electronics at IIT Kanpur which can help catalyze the process by providing developmental platforms to the industries and working closely with them to develop prototype innovative products.Prof YN Mahapatra of IIT-Kanpur informed that prior to the meeting on March 14, R Chidambaram, principal scientific adviser to PM held discussions with the faculty members at IIT-Kanpur and strongly came out in support for such a drive in the country. He stressed that IIT-Kanpur with its experience and capability can play a leadership role in this area.

    Big names Ananth Dodabalapur of University of Texas at Austin, US and industry expert Raghu Das of IDTechEX, UK delivered global overviews of progress at IIT-K on Friday.

    A huge step indeed towards the advancement and better future prospects for india. It was informed that the rapid rise in the demand for cost effective consumer electronic products, especially for healthcare, packaging, power generation and lighting, military and logistics, is going to be a major driving factor for flexible electronics, requiring products to be flexible and lighter and having ability to conform to various shapes. These flexible electronic products are displays, photovoltaic panels, batteries, sensors, memories, and radio-frequency identification devices (RFIDs). Germany is leading in the technology of printable and flexible electronics, followed by Korea and Japan.