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Master Thesis Project – in Life Cycle Analysis of Printed Electronics

Do you care for our future? Do you think that sustainability must be a foundation of today’s digital society?  Do you have an interest in printed electronics, material science and energy storage technologies? Do you enjoy working in a dynamic team? We are looking for a Master of Science student for a Master Thesis project in RISE, Norrköping.

Master Thesis project work at RISE in Norrköping
Welcome to RISE Smart Hardware in Norrköping. In close collaboration with Linköping University, we can offer you diploma work in our exciting R&D environment. During the project work you will be a part of our team at RISE and will be supported by supervisors both from RISE and LIU throughout the project. Most of the practical laboratory work will be carried out in our facility Printed Electronics Arena ( in Norrköping.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is becoming an integral component of product development in the electronics industry. Consumers want to know the environmental impacts of the electronic products they purchase, ranging from their carbon dioxide footprint and energy efficiency to end-of-life considerations and recyclability. Sustainability of electronic products is also high on the agenda of policy makers who want to guarantee a safe, sustainable and secure future for their constituents.

Typically, printed electronics uses plastic substrates since they have a smooth surface and are less sensitive to ambient conditions such as humidity. However, due to the negative environmental impacts of plastics, the transition to a more sustainable material is crucial. To this end, we produced the sensors and circuits on paper substrates without any surface coatings. Our RISE team in Norrköping has developed flexible, printed and paper-based triboelectric touch sensors for IoT applications. Besides the substrate, also the triboelectric material was based on cellulose and a printable cellulose ink was developed. We used printed carbon for the conductor lines and charge collectors to make the electronics metal free. We explored both commercial carbon inks as well as an in-house developed carbon ink that uses cellulose as the binder.

This diploma work comprises of:

  • Understanding the basics of triboelectricity and printed electronics
  • Defining the scope of the study
  • Making a list of the environmental inputs and outputs with the help of a researcher from RISE and making a suitable model
  • Doing a life cycle impact assessment
  • Interpretation of the results
  • Presenting the finding to internal and possibly external audiences

Student Profile
You have an interest in environment, electronics and/or science. You should be MSc student in the fields of environment, electronics engineering, physics, materials science, or related subject. You have experience in LCA and have used one or more LCA software.  

You need to be enthusiastic, curious, and keen to develop your skills, enjoy working in a dynamic international team and with good communication skills. Excellent language skills in spoken and written (scientific and technical) Swedish and English are a strong plus.

Project preference

  • The work can start from fall 2022 (flexible arrangement possible).
  • The duration of this thesis work is 20 weeks.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) in agreement with your thesis advisor at your university.

Alternative project structures:

  • This project can also be done as part of a course work in a university with fewer academic credits.
  • This project can also be done in groups of students.

We can also help to find project partner if you have no one to apply with.

Welcome with your application!
Please apply directly through this portal.  If you need more information, please contact Dagmawi Belaineh Yilma, +46 10 228 41 61 or Jesper Edberg,+46 10 228 41 12.

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Permanent position

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Student - Master Thesis/Internship

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Dagmawi Belaineh Yilma

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