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Department of Digital Printing and Imaging Technology

Fields of research

  • Key approaches


  • Printing technologies are applied for the manufacture of layers with functionalities beyond color (such as electrical conductivity, porosity…)
  • Digital Manufacturing: One focus is the application of the digital technology inkjet printing which allows a fast change of the pattern for each printout.
  • Conventional Printing: Screen printing is applied when thick layers are required (for printed batteries), gravure printing is optimized for both thin and thick layers.
  • Hybrid Manufacturing: Combination of different technologies in one production line (for example digital and conventional printing technologies, laser patterning)
  • Process Chain: For different applications the complete process chain can be covered (materials development, deposition, drying, and functionalization)


  • Printed Electronics


  • Batteries
  • RFID / Antennas
  • Conductive Traces for Interconnects
  • Active & Passive Devices for Electronic Circuitry
  • Design Rules for Printed Electronic Circuitry


  • Printed Functionalites


  • Catalytic Layers (e.g. for fuel cells)
  • Photonic Active Supraballs
  • Microsieves
  • Mechanically Reinforcing Patterns for Thin Fragile Films


  • Process Development


  • Printing Processes: Digital (Inkjet Printing); Conventional (Screen and Gravure Printing)
  • Functionality Formation in Printed Layers: Intense Pulsed Light Sintering; Thermal Sintering; Drying…
  • Lab-2-Fab: Processes are developed on lab scale and can converted to fab scale
  • Hybrid Manufacturing: Combination of different technologies in one production line



  • Characterization


  • Rheology of inks
  • Morphology and Topography of printed layers
  • Functionality of printed layers (conductivity) and devices (discharge of batteries, performance of electronic circuit devices, …)




Press Articles

  • German-Brazilian research network reinforced

    Chemnitz University presented research activities from the field of intelligent sensors and structure lightweight design in the framework of a bi-national symposium of the Alexander von Humboldt Found …

  • „Uni goes UNO“

    In March 2018, TU Chemnitz students will represent the Democratic Republic of the Congo as “diplomats” at the worldwide most important and biggest simulation of the United Nations in New York City …