IDTechEx published a new report, Most-Needed Chemicals for New Disruptive Electronics and Electrics (by Dr Peter Harrop). The publication explains how aluminium, copper and silver are widely deployed, sometimes in mildly alloyed, nano, precursor, ink or other form. The research includes the twelve basic compounds most widely used in new electronics and electrics and compares them with compounds exhibiting the broadest range of appropriate electrical and optical functions for the future.
The report covers all the key inorganic and organic compounds and carbon isomers in detail. It shows how silicon has a new and very different place beyond the silicon chip. In addition, readers will learn how the tailoring of a widely-applicable chemical can permit premium pricing and barriers to entry based on new intellectual property.
Most-Needed Chemicals for New Disruptive Electronics and Electrics
The new electronics and electrics span from nano-sized to very large devices. No one term covers all this, though organic electronics, beyond the silicon chip, wide area electrics and flexible electronics and electrics cover large parts of it. For example, one of the key enabling technologies — printed electronics — gives us viable electronic billboard sheets and huge areas of photovoltaics (solar cells) printed reel to reel. The new electronics and electrics usually involve totally new device principles and chemistry. Whether it is totally new forms of flat screen display or re-invented lithium-ion batteries and fuel cell, those at the start of the value chain tend to make higher margins than those making the devices themselves. That is why almost all large chemical companies are becoming very active in this next wave of opportunity representing a new market for fine chemicals and specialist materials of over $50 billion in 2023.
Many smaller enterprises are also active and investors and the companies themselves need to de-risk their investment by finding the greatest breadth of potential use across all new electrical and electronic devices, not just the sectors of greatest volume potential. Indeed, the highest volume markets for new electrical and electronic devices may get commoditized first and if they collapse suddenly – as some do – they can leave the materials suppliers high and dry.
In contrast to those having wide usefulness today, that we have identified, we find that a more select group of families of formulation have exceptional electric and electronic versatility. In other words, we identify those with the greatest variety of potentially useful physical phenomena – auguring well for the future of that basic formulation.
The report is available now for $4995 for the electronic version, and $5250 for the hardcopy and electronics version.