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Electro-Functionnal Paper

Enter the world of paper-based electronics and discover why paper will remain the most appropriate resource for medias. 


Paper is an old and mastered industrial technology mostly used for producing printing paper and packaging cardboards. There is however a large variety of specialty papers to be designed and used for many other purposes from wallpaper to medical papers fitering bacteries in water.

The industries around papermaking, printing and converting enable us to be provided with optimised product through among the most sustainable production life-cycle when the industries care about managing their renewale resources and ensure low-impact and low-energy production, recycling and ultimate valorisation around the whole product life cycle.

This also involves that user can and do recycle or dispose properly of their wastes, which involves to understand how to behave depending on your location and on local regulations and administrations.

Most papers are good insulators ranging above 10 to 1000 megaOhms except from a few specialty papers such as those used for shielding. They have been used to build the first electronic cappacitors and batteries, among other electronic components as dielectric or insulating layers and electrolytic container.

It is however fairly simple( at least after some experience) to make a paper electrofunctionnal by simply filling it with functionnal nanoparticles such as carbon pigments.

We have been using this concept at Papier Logik for more than ten years to explore new types of electro-functionnal materials such as papers and cardboards, inks and paints, glues or else textiles and various other types of polymers in which we could uniformely dispose functionnal elements or paths.

Conductive papers enable the production of reliable and efficient electronic components improved through hundreds of prototyping and international research evaluation and awards and many DIY fabrication tools and machines are available today for producing high-level quality componenents and have become a new reference in Fablabs. 

Conductive papers are also a major ecologic aternative to current plastic-based electronics and are cost-effective resources for prototyping and for serial production at various scales. They have been used since 2008 by teachers in science and technologies from canadian and european unversities, high schools and even former study levels

These are mostly based on the production of small Voltage potentials ( from around 1 to 12V) through electrochemical reactions between two conductive metals in a specific environment.

Other types of chemical reactions are more and more used among which more sustainable solutions involving the use of hydrogen in the air may hopefully improve such  technologies.

Many other scientific concepts have been explored and used to produce electrical energies, involving a wide variety of resources from oil and gaz to renewable combustibles, from rivers to oceans, from nuclear fission to Hydrogen fusion or else from wind forces to solar energies, among mostly known and funded developments.

Paper has many advantages when compared to plastics and non-renewable resources or other technologies such as textiles: it is globally the most sutainable human technology as it possess strong, improved and well mastered advantages and properties to provide goods of quality and appropriate life-cycle with low environmental impact and low energy consumption.

Papier Logik resources are cost-effective solutions for a wide range of application from educative or students projects to serial production through  prototyping and hackable industrial technologies for local mass production.

Papier Logik resources are cost-effective solutions for a wide range of application from educative or students projects to serial production through  prototyping and hackable industrial technologies for local mass production.

Edukits have become a resource referene for teachers of science and technologies in France since 2011 for extending the resources and applications cases with the students hwne discovering electronics and new technologies is concerned.

"Teachers can use low-cost custom materials such as conductive papers and other industrial electronic resources to replace "old-school equipments" that are great for the first lesson but that do not make the link with nowadays technologies." says R. Koehly, teacher of Physic and Chemistry in Grenoble, France. 

"The students can build real circuits in their own notebook and bring them back home. The resources cost can even enable the teacher to provide the resource to students who will want to apply these knowledge to their hobbies at home.  

That is the goal of Papier Logik EduKits." 

Electronics is much more fun when it makes the link with our other interests: let us invite you to a variety of application examples to get reconiliated with the mistery of science and technologies and be able to recycle, repair, hack and even reinvent your own technologies.