Developing electrically conductive copper-based inks for printable, flexible electronics

Copprium, a materials manufacturing company, is developing electrically conductive copper-based inks that perform better and cost less than the silver inks that are used in printable, flexible electronics. Through an ongoing partnership with the University at Buffalo, Copprium has licensed UB technology to develop a low-cost, effective conductive copper ink that will pave the way for more accessible industrial and consumer applications of this technology. 


How Copprium collaborates with UB


Accelerates R&D


Licenses Technology


Recruits Talent


Collaborates with Experts


Accesses Funding

Incubator Cllient


Occupies Lab Space

Startup Support.

Startup Support


Silver inks are expensive and non-solderable

Conductive ink is a critical materials technology that plays a large part in the emerging field of printed electronics. The market for conductive inks is estimated to be $3.5B per year, with silver inks making up 70% of that market. While conductive silver inks can be used with traditional equipment for screen printing, direct writing, aerosol jetting, and related printing technologies, market research revealed a significant need for an alternative, especially because silver is a precious metal that is subject to price and supply chain volatility.

Printed circuit.
Soldering circuit.


Innovative, cost-effective conductive copper-based inks

Copprium’s first product—a conductive copper ink—addressed a need in the marketplace as companies expressed a desire for copper, given its use in traditional electronics and cost-effectiveness. Copprium’s copper ink offers important performance advantages over silver inks. A key differentiator is that copper inks are solderable, which is critical in the electronics industry where soldering is used to bond components and provide electrical connections. Copprium’s conductive copper inks are also capable of low-temperature sintering, a thermal process that causes liquid to solidify at low temperatures. Finally, Copprium’s copper-based inks resist corrosion and oxidation, which are challenges faced by other copper conductive inks.

Copprium ink.

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