Three questions for...

…Prof. Dr. Luisa Torsi,
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Bari, Italy

You develop new materials for electronics applications. What challenges do you face in your work with printed electronics?

One of the major challenges concerns the level of control that can be assured on the film that is deposited. The thickness uniformity can be an issue as well as the morphological consistency. This basically reflects on the material properties and eventually on the device performance level and reproducibility. These issues are even more pronounced when a printed biolayer is to be integrated into a bioelectronic device.

What innovations from materials research for printed electronics can we expect in the near future?

The general consensus is that the next big step in printed electronics will be made in the field of biosensors or bioelectronic sensors. Some interesting developments have already occurred. But we still lack a convincingly reproducible and reliable device. The level of innovation that printed bioelectronic sensors can bring to fields such as point-of-care screening can be invaluable.

What do you expect and hope for from LOPEC?

Like past years, I’m expecting a unique forum that brings together leading academicians, industry, top-notch scientists and technologists and that showcases the latest developments. After two years of pandemic, it will be extremely nice to meet colleagues once again.