MEMS and Sensors

Bio-fabricated film could enable new sensors, filters and flexible PCBs

03 April 2020

Zymergen and Sumitomo Chemical Inc. have launched Hyaline, a bio-fabricated film for electronics applications that can be used to make flexible circuits, display touch sensors and printable electronics.

The Hyaline film paves the way for sustainable, biologically produced products that the companies expect to roll out this year. The first product co-created by Zymergen and Sumitomo Chemical will be a standalone product that will be sold commercially.

The key uses for the bio-fabricated film include:

  • Touch sensors that can be used in flexible or foldable devices.
  • Optical filters with high temperature properties for faster processing times in manufacturing.
  • Printed electronics for flexible printed circuit boards that eliminate epoxy/acrylic adhesive layers to create an optimized system that is 30% thinner and more flexible.

“Hyaline film truly shows differentiated and sustainable performance with respect to optical and mechanical properties that have not been available before,” said Richard Pieters, president of products for Zymergen. “We continue our work with Sumitomo to introduce additional biologically derived films, while working in parallel on a full portfolio of high-performance adhesives and coatings for the electronics industry.”

Zymergen said that using machine learning, automation and the Hyaline film produces materials that are both less expensive and sustainable, with the potential to disrupt entire markets.

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