Whilst printed films are currently used in varied devices across a wide range of fields, research into their development and properties is increasingly uncovering even greater potential. Printed films provides comprehensive coverage of the most significant recent developments in printed films and their applications.

Materials and properties of printed films are the focus of part one, beginning with a review of the concepts, technologies and materials involved in their production and use. Printed films as electrical components and silicon metallization for solar cells are discussed, as are conduction mechanisms in printed film resistors, and thick films in packaging and microelectronics. Part two goes on to review the varied applications of printed films in devices. Printed resistive sensors are considered, as is the role of printed films in capacitive, piezoelectric and pyroelectric sensors, mechanical micro-systems and gas sensors. The applications of printed films in biosensors, actuators, heater elements, varistors and polymer solar cells are then explored, followed by a review of screen printing for the fabrication of solid oxide fuel cells and laser printed micro- and meso-scale power generating devices.

With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Printed films is a key text for anyone working in such fields as microelectronics, fuel cell and sensor technology in both industry and academia.

Key Features

  • Provides a comprehensive analysis of the most significant recent developments in printed films and their applications
  • Reviews the concepts, properties, technologies and materials involved in the production and use of printed films
  • Analyses the varied applications of printed films in devices, including printed restrictive sensors for physical quantities and printed thick film mechanical micro-systems (MEMS), among others


Research and materials scientists, physicists and engineers working in the fields of sensors, actuators, packaging and printed circuits, electronic manufacturers, design engineers

Table of Contents

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Part I: Materials and properties of printed films

Chapter 1: Technologies for printed films


1.1 Introduction: printed films in microelectronics

1.2 From thick-films and hybrids to printed electronics

1.3 Other systems

1.4 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Materials for printed films


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Active phases

2.3 Deposition medium – vehicle

2.4 Glasses and glass ceramics

2.5 Substrates

2.6 Conclusion

Chapter 3: Materials Science concepts for printed films


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Interactions of conducting materials with the organic vehicle at room temperature

3.3 Redox reactions

3.4 Chemical diffusion-related interactions during the firing cycle

3.5 Sintering, grain growth and Ostwald ripening

3.6 Reactivity interactions in other systems

3.7 The Kirkendall effect

3.8 Conclusions and future trends

Chapter 4: Properties of printed films as electrical components and metallization of solar cells


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Thick-film resistors

4.3 Conductors

4.4 Dielectrics

Chapter 5: Conduction mechanisms in printed thick-film resistors


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Current understanding of the conduction mechanism in thick-film resistors

5.3 Conclusion and future trends

Chapter 6: Multilayer low-temperature co-fired ceramic systems incorporating a thick-film printing process


6.1 Introduction

6.2 Low-temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) compositions

6.3 LTCC manufacturing methods

6.4 An overview of LTCC applications

6.5 Future trends

6.6 Source


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About the editors

Maria Prudenziati

Maria Prudenziati is Professor of Applied Electronics at the University of Modena, Italy.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Modena, Physics Department, Modena, Italy

Jacob Hormadaly

Jacob Hormadaly is Director of the Zandman Center for thick-film microelectronics, at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Affiliations and Expertise

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel