Researchers prove semiconductors could be soldered and 3D printed, while still delivering proper electronic performance

A research effort led by Dmitri Talapin, a chemistry professor at the University of Chicago, has demonstrated how semiconductors could be soldered – and even 3D printed — and still deliver the proper electronic performance.

The classical method of manufacturing processes in the silicon industry does not require soldering; instead, engineers create a large silicon crystal which they can cut, carve, and etch to a desired shape.

And while semiconductor soldering probably won’t have a major impact on mainstream silicon manufacturing technology, it could lead to less expensive, solution-processed semiconductors in markets like those for printable electronics, 3D printing, flat panel display manufacturing, solar cells, and thermoelectric heat-to-electricity generators.Read more