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A flexible high potential printed battery for powering printed electronics

 

Mechanically flexible arrays of alkaline electrochemical cells fabricated using stencil printing onto fibrous substrates are shown to provide the necessary performance characteristics for driving ink-jet printed circuits. Due to the dimensions and material set currently required for reliable low-temperature print processing of electronic devices, a battery potential greater than that sourced by single cells is typically needed. The developed battery is a series interconnected array of 10 low resistance Zn-MnO2 alkaline cells, giving an open circuit potential of 14 V. This flexible battery is used to power an ink-jet printed 5-stage complementary ring oscillator based on organic semiconductors.

 
 
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Gaikwad, A. M.; Steingart, D. A.; Ng, T.; Schwartz, D. E.; Whiting, G. L. A flexible high potential printed battery for powering printed electronics. Applied Physics Letters. 2013; 102: 233302.

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Copyright © American Institute of Physics, 2013. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. The following article appeared in Applied Physics Letters and may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4810974.