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Published on October 20th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


Capital fund investment to enable Eurekite’s flexible ceramics to reach commercialization

Published on October 20th, 2015 | By: April Gocha, PhD


“Would you believe that there is a ceramic material that bends, folds, and shapes any way you want it?”


Of course you would.


But when it comes to said material, there’s a new innovator on the block—startup company Eurekite.


Based on technology developed at the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Eurekite is looking to develop new products and commercial solutions with its flexible, paper-like ceramic.


Hear more about Eurekite and its innovation from company co-founder and CEO Gerard Cadafalch in the short video below.


Credit: Eurekite BV; YouTube


As Cadafalch says in the video, Eurekite is looking for partners to collaborate with to develop new ideas, products, and solutions for its Flexiramic material.


Eurekite recently received some rather hefty start-up support from Cottonwood Technology Fund, an investment company that supports tech entrepreneurs through early and seed-stage investing.


According to a PR Newswire release, Eurekite secured an investment of more than €1 million from Cottonwood, a “top performing seed stage investor in science based technology start-ups.”


The press release also provides the only hint of what the magical material is: “They have developed a flexible ceramic PCB concept, merging the flexibility and lightweight of the polymer with the temperature stability and electrical insulation of a ceramic PCB. The concept offers a low dielectric constant and losses while keeping relatively high dielectric strength, thus providing an excellent platform for high quality signal transmission in several environments.” 


However, we’ve reported on other groups investigating the idea of flexible paper-like ceramics—for example, our earlier reports on flexible graphene-coated vanadium oxide ribbons and nonflammable paper made from ultralong hydroxyapatite nanofibers.


The company will use the funds as founding capital to begin operations in Enschede, The Netherlands.


“We are already receiving customer interest internationally across applications as diverse as oil and gas sensors, mobile phone antennas, lithium-ion battery energy performance upgrades, high power electronics for electric vehicles, and even solar energy,” Cadafalch says in the PR Newswire release. “Attracting Cottonwood’s support has already opened additional doors for us and provides the capital needed to begin delivering initial working prototypes and purchasing the equipment needed to set up initial scaling capabilities. We are excited to take Eurekite to the next level.”


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