Conductive Inks

Molecular Ink (MINK)

As technology continues to advance, the demand for smaller, more functional devices has increased. This has led to a need for innovative solutions that can meet these demands without sacrificing quality or functionality. One of our solutions to this problem has been the development of conductive inks.

In many ways, the emergence of conductive inks has been a transformational innovation for printed electronics by delivering the design freedom to meet these demands. e2ip, in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), has been funding development in printed electronics. This work is resulting in the invention of new molecular inks, that resolve limitations of traditional flake inks when formed into 3D shapes.

Innovative Ink, Electrical Conductivity at its Finest
Conductive Inks for Printed Electronics - Chemistry & Formulation

By binding polymers and conductive materials together, the end result is an electrically conductive ink. This enables sleeker, smarter designs where these specialized inks can replace bulky traditional circuit boards in electronic devices.

The fabrication process is simpler, offering manufacturers a smaller ecological footprint and enhanced design flexibility to provide an effective and affordable alternative to electronic components, making it a game-changer for designers seeking to create innovative and high-performance products. With electrically conductive ink, electronic devices can be designed with more attention to aesthetics and ergonomics, allowing for a more seamless integration of features.

Traditional Conductive Inks & MINK - A New Kind of Conductive Ink

e2ip products are at the forefront of printed electronics, utilizing a variety of conductive inks such as nanoparticle inks, flake inks, and their patented molecular ink (MINK), developed in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). The e2ip team is committed to providing optimal solutions for each application by determining the most suitable ink selection based on the design requirements. By leveraging the unique properties of each ink type, e2ip products offer unparalleled flexibility, durability, and performance, making them an ideal choice for a wide range of electronic applications.

Silver conductive ink has been used in our flexible circuits and is ideal due to the high electrical conductivity of silver ink and the high resistance to oxidation of silver inks. Flake inks offer similar benefits at a slightly lower conductance and flexibility.

MINK, an entirely new family of patented ‘molecular ink’ for printed electronics, is based on ionic molecules derived through a reduction process, the ink allows to produce conductive traces in which key differentiators are high conductivity, elongation, formability, and flexibility. It is compatible with various printing techniques such as screen printing, flexography, rotogravure, reverse lithography, and aerosol jet, and applications include Smart Structural Surfaces™ (IME), 5G Smart Surfaces, printed antennae, and sensors.

Applications and Features

Key Features
  • High electrical conductivity
  • Resistance to oxidation
  • Formability
  • Flexibility
  • Elongation
  • Aviation
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Automotive
  • Printed electronics
  • Membrane switches
  • Flexible PTC heaters
  • 5G Smart Surfaces
  • Printed antennae
  • Sensors