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Title: Three-dimensional printed electronics: Device fabrication

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Research Org.:
Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC) (United States). Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Nature (London); Journal Volume: 518; Journal Issue: 7537; Related Information: LMI partners with California Institute of Technology (lead); Harvard University; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Country of Publication:
United States
solar (photovoltaic), solid state lighting, phonons, thermal conductivity, electrodes - solar, materials and chemistry by design, optics, synthesis (novel materials), synthesis (self-assembly)

Citation Formats

Lewis, Jennifer A., and Ahn, Bok Y. Three-dimensional printed electronics: Device fabrication. United States: N. p., 2015. Web. doi:10.1038/518042a.
Lewis, Jennifer A., & Ahn, Bok Y. Three-dimensional printed electronics: Device fabrication. United States. doi:10.1038/518042a.
Lewis, Jennifer A., and Ahn, Bok Y. 2015. "Three-dimensional printed electronics: Device fabrication". United States. doi:10.1038/518042a.
title = {Three-dimensional printed electronics: Device fabrication},
author = {Lewis, Jennifer A. and Ahn, Bok Y.},
abstractNote = {},
doi = {10.1038/518042a},
journal = {Nature (London)},
number = 7537,
volume = 518,
place = {United States},
year = 2015,
month = 2
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