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BET-EU (a Horizon 2020 project launched in 2016) targets the field of paper electronics, which forms part of advanced functional materials, and aims to raise the profile of Portuguese research entities (Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias - UNINOVA and Institute for Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication - I3N), allowing them to occupy an international leading position in the science and technology field.

Both institutions are recognised internationally as world pioneers for paper electronics since 2008. However, their cooperation / twinning in BET-EU with leading research institutions from other European countries (University of Cambridge – UCAM; Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems, Branch Materials Diagnostics, - FhG-IKTS, and the Technical Research Centre of Finland - VTT), will promote their further development and boost their impact on both the Portuguese and the European industrial and academic communities.

It is not just this! BET-EU is also an important platform for others to learn more about the field and raise their own profiles. Look how!


  • Brings you a better understanding of the field of paper electronics
  • Allows Portuguese students and researchers to acquire specific technical skills via participating in BET-EU training activities in related fields
  • Lets Portuguese students and researchers engage with researchers from University of Cambridge, Fraunhofer Institute and VTT
  • Provides the opportunity for UNINOVA and I3N students and researchers to participate in secondments / internships in University of Cambridge, Fraunhofer Institute and VTT
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Meet us at the next BET-EU events
BET-EU Workshop 3 at PrintoCent InnoFest, June 7-8

The next BET-EU workshop will take place in the framework of PrintoCent InnoFest at VTT in Oulo, Finland on June 7-8, 2018. More information is available at
Upcoming BET-EU webinars
Interesting BET-EU virtual training sessions of 1-1.5 hours are coming up on these topics:
  • Communication by researchers
  • R&I Entrepreneurship & Business plan development
  • Methods to promote paper/fibres functionalization
  • R2R versus bath processes for paper electronics
  • Building blocks for wireless mobile communication on natural and synthetic paper
Stay tuned and visit our site for more information here.
  Past events and interesting contents  
BET-EU Members at LOPEC
BET-EU Members (UNINOVA-CEMOP) displayed prototypes of electronic devices and systems on flexible substrates (ex: sensors, transistors and displays) together with some examples of bio-sensing platforms on paper at the LOPEC – International Exhibition 2018 on March 14-15, 2018 in Munich, Germany. The booth was shared with the partner organisation of BioAge srl, and further prototypes of interest resulting from joint projects were also shown, such as hybrid electronics on foils and electronics on textiles.
BET-EU seminar on Critical Raw Materials,
a challenge to R&D and Innovation
Critical Raw Materials (CRM) are nowadays employed in a lot of growing sectors like Energy and ICT. The industrial demand for those CRM is increasing rapidly since CRM are diffusing in a lot of technologies. Regarding raw materials and more especially CRM Europe is highly dependent to other countries which constitute a vulnerability of our continental economy. This seminar, given by Prof. Dr. Etienne Bouyer (CEA – France) on 8 February 2018, aimed to show how research, development & innovation could overcome the CRM issues. What strategies could be deployed?
More information here.
Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE2018)
Several BET-EU members attended the 4th annual Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE2018) on 23-24 January 2018 in Cambridge, UK. The conference focused on the most innovative aspects of large-area electronics (including printable, flexible or organic electronics) emerging technologies, their manufacture and the development of products incorporating LAE. BET-EU speakers at the event were:
  • Prof. Elvira Fortunato talked about: “Metal oxide materials as a sustainable and viable alternative to low cost electronics”. You can access the presentation here
  • Prof. Rodrigo Martins spoke about “Sustainable hybrid materials applied to flexible electronics”

Moreover, and resulting directly from collaborative work done within BET-EU staff exchange, there were four poster presentations related with oxide and organic electronics on flexible substrates, on topics such as transistors, sensors and solar cells.
  • J.T Carvalho, M. Franco, V. Dubceac, A. Kiazadeh, M. Gall, A. Clausner, A. Garitagoitia Cid, E. Zschech, Elvira Fortunato, R. Martins, L. Pereira, “Printed ZnO nanoparticles for applications in transistors and memory devices”, CENIMAT/I3N Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Fraunhofer IKTS. Dowload here
  • M. I. Caupers, J. Leppäniemi, M. Vilkman, L. Pereira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins, M. Smolander “Optimization of Printed Inverted Organic Solar Cells”, CENIMAT/I3N Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and VTT. Dowload here
  • J. Almeida, J. Leppäniemi, L. Pereira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins, A. Aastalo, M. Smolander, “Fabrication and Functionalization of printed In2O3 Thin Film Transistors for Biosensing Applications” CENIMAT/I3N Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and VTT. Dowload here
  • Shiv Bhudia, Ana Beaumont, Xiang Chen, Pedro Barquinha, Arokia Nathan, “Static and dynamic modelling of oxide TFTs with high-κ multilayer dielectrics” CENIMAT/I3N Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Dowload here
BET-EU workshop on printing processes for organic photovoltaics and transistors
This workshop was given by Dr. Marja Vilkman from VTT, Finland on 3 November 2018. Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) and organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) are essential elements in printed electronics applications. After a short introduction to VTT’s printed and flexible electronics research, Dr. Marja Vilkman presented VTT`s latest results with OPV and OTFT applications and showed how the processes can be transferred to a roll-to-roll (R2R) environment. There is a selection of printing or coating methods that can be used in their production – each having their own benefits and drawbacks. In this presentation, Dr. Vilkman focused on the use of gravure and screen printing and describe their special advantages and requirements. In addition, she showed how plasma treatment, direct etching, lift-off and self-alignment can be transferred into a continuous R2R line and utilised in the OPV and OTFT processes. She also discussed electrode manufacturing and presented different methods to produce flexible electrodes. In all cases, the processes have been chosen based on their suitability for roll-to-roll (R2R) production.

More information here.

BET-EU summer school – Paper electronics:
boosting innovation for new materials to various applications
BET-EU, EIT Raw Materials and EMR-S organised the workshop "Printed electronics: boosting innovation for new materials to various applications" to discuss on the innovative materials in the area of printed electronics, their application potential, new production technologies and recyclability aspects. The workshop, constituted the first BET-EU summer school and took place on 24 May 2017, embedded in the EMRS Spring Conference in Strasbourg, France. Some of the conclusions of the brainstorming session of the event was that lack of market is a main obstacle to commercialization of printed electronics systems.

More on the event and its conclusions can be found here.



BET-EU workshop on Nano-scale Materials - Characterization-Techniques and Applications

The second BET-EU workshop was organized between 28 August and 1 September, 2017 in Dresden, Germany. The workshop was integrated in the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Materialkunde (DGM) European Advanced Training Course on Nano-scale Materials Characterization-Techniques and Applications with practical lab training in small groups at the Fraunhofer IKTS (Klotsche), Fraunhofer IKTS (Winterbergstreet) and the Technical University of Dresden (TUD). It also included the participation in the 5th Dresden Nanoanalysis Symposium (DNS) at Fraunhofer IKTS.

BET-EU Webinars

Virtual training sessions were organised in 2016 and 2017 under the following topics:

  • Mechanical properties of nano-scale materials and thin films: Nano-indentation and related techniques
  • Device-Circuit Interactions
  • European funding programs - Horizon 2020 - Opportunities for researchers
  • Portuguese funding programs - Portugal 2020 - Opportunities for researchers

To access the presentations, please visit this page.

BET-EU secondments

Seven secondments of students / researchers of I3N and UNINOVA researchers to UCAM, FhG-IKTS and VTT took place over the years of 2016 and 2017 under the BET-EU training initiatives. The aim of these exchanges is to allow researchers to become experts, e.g. in a specific technique/method/process, or allow them to gather knowledge in a new area which could benefit PT cluster scientific and innovation capacity. Secondments took place in the following research fields:

  • Fabrication and Functionalization of In2O3 Thin Film Transistors for Biossensing Applications
  • Novel Materials for Solar Cells
  • Organic Photovoltaics – optimizing multilayered devices
  • Modelling and simulation of TFT devices and circuits
  • Implementation of a thermoelectric generator based on organic polymer and metal oxides as p-type and n-type materials, respectively, produced by inkjet printing
  • Mechanical characterization of thin films systems
  • Microscopy – Characterization of materials

Recent exciting publications

You can access recent exciting publications in the field of printed electronics from our website here.

Professor Rodrigo Martins, member of the BET-EU coordination team, elected as President of the European Academy of Sciences

Professor Rodrigo Martins has been elected as the President of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) for a term of four years. EURASC is a fully independent international association of researchers which recognizes and elects the best European scientists with the aim of strengthening European scientific cooperation and using the experience of its members. This is used for advising other European bodies in improving technological research and social development.
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Article of BET-EU team members distinguished by the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics for high-impact research

The article published by BET-EU team members on “Printable cellulose-based electroconductive composites for sensing elements in paper electronics” was distinguished by the journal Flexible and Printed Electronics and featured in its special celebratory collection of 2017. Ten such articles were chosen for the high-impact research that they represent and for the quality of their presentation.
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Professor Elvira Fortunato, member of the BET-EU coordination team, receives "Czochralski 2017 Award"

The Polish Academy of Sciences in conjunction with the European Society for Research on Materials (E-MRS), the Polish Society of Materials Science and the Polish Crystal Growth Society have assigned Prof. Elvira Fortunato, researcher at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the New University of Lisbon, the Czochralski 2017 award in recognition of her research work in the area of Advanced Materials Science.
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Research team led by Professor Elvira Fortunato, member of the BET-EU coordination team, receives Innovation INCM award

The research team led by Professor Elvira Fortunato has received the Innovation INCM (Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda) award by the work Secret paper – an innovative, low-cost approach with the aim of developing electronic systems using embedded technology implemented in paper, delivered by the Minister of the presidency and of administrative modernisation of Portugal, Prof. Maria Manuel Leitão Marques.
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BET-EU project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 692373. This newsletter reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.