Development of new materials

Trends in the high-tech industry are pushing toward miniaturisation, the creation of products with complex shapes, and multi-functional materials. To keep up with ever-increasing demands, companies must focus on developments and advancements in production, processing and performance qualification. TNO assists companies by combining the required competencies to enable and enhance the development of complex, reliable and cost-effective products.

To support the high-tech industry in the development of new material applications, TNO applies its well-known expertise in relevant fields such as:
Thin-film deposition technology that focusses on innovative and scalable technology for large area production, including break-through production equipment for thin-film photovoltai.
Responsive material and coating technology that focuses on materials and processes for wet-chemical coatings, nanostructuring in terms of design, synthesis, characterization of nanoparticles, and nano-imprint lithography, and responsive polymers.
Materials for integrated products that focuses on the combination of materials expertise and material processing, using unique physical experiments and computer-aided modelling and simulation for innovative product development with built-in reliability.
Equipment of additive manufacturing that focuses on the development of cutting-edge technology and high-precision machine concepts for 3D printing and layer-wise material deposition.

Bilateral cooperation

Based on its expertise in the field of material behaviour, production and process technology and product reliability, TNO works with the industry and other research organisations to develop new applications and reduce time-to-market. Industrial partners of TNO in the area of material application development are active in high-tech markets like photovoltaic, medical, 3D printing, semicon, advanced materials, automotive and lighting.

Shared research Programmes

TNO initiates and participates in shared research programmes. Teams from the private sector and from research organizations work together within these programmes on the shared development of materials, processes, equipment and applications.

Brightlands Materials Center is focused on material development, while TNO is above all responsible for the development of Hierarchical Functional Materials. These are polymer materials that are given a variety of additional characteristics and functions for a series of opto-electric (e.g. solar cell) and lightweight (e.g. automotive and aircraft components) applications using nano-particles, and for processing via additive manufacturing.

Solliance, the alliance between TNO, TU/e, Holst Centre, imec and Forschungszentrum Julich, specializes in the process and product development of thin film solar cells.

The Additive Manufacturing proposition develops next-generation additive manufacturing technology for medical, dental, food and high-tech/aerospace applications. The Additive Manufacturing programmes are focused specifically on the development of machine concepts for the management of material and product characteristics, multi-material technologies, increased productivity (large scale and high speed) and new functionalities (embedded electronics).


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