Progress toward development of all-printed RFID tags: Materials, processes, and devices

Vivek Subramanian*, Jean Frechet, Paul C. Chang, Daniel C. Huang, Josephine B. Lee, Steven E. Molesa, Amanda R. Murphy, David R. Redinger, Steven K. Volkman

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Printed electronics provides a promising potential pathway toward the realization of ultralow-cost RFID tags for item-level tracking of consumer goods. Here, we report on our progress in developing materials, processes, and devices for the realization of ultralow-cost printed RFID tags. Using printed nanoparticle patterns that are subsequently sintered at plastic-compatible temperatures, low-resistance interconnects and passive components have been realized. Simultaneously, printed transistors with mobilities > 10 -1 cm2/V-s have been realized using novel pentacene and oligothiophene precursors for pMOS and ZnO nanoparticles for nMOS. AC performance of these devices is adequate for 135-kHz RFID, though significant work remains to be done to achieve 13.56-MHz operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1330-1338
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the IEEE
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 15 2005


  • Organic electronics
  • Printed electronics
  • RFID
  • Thin-film transistor (TFT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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