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Contact printing of electronics and opto-electronics

Objective

Organic electronics is amongst the most exciting technologies to emerge over the last decade, and Europe is at the forefront. To ensure that Europe remains a leader, scientific advances must be brought into an industrial environment where issues such as adaptability to the market, cost, throughput and variability are addressed. CONTACT brings together a diverse team of researchers and engineers to develop a flexible and industrially compatible process for the fabrication of organic electronic arrays, by investigating gravure printing of the various components within the device. We will build on the existing excellence in the science of these materials in Europe and the highly specialized expertise within the European printing industry to formulate suitable materials and substrates, and modify test printers.

The potential of our results will be demonstrated as a proof of principle by the realization of two test displays, namely an optical triple-cell liquid-crystal display (LCD), and an all-plastic LCD. A forum will create a mechanism for exchanging information between printing pioneers and veterans, as well as imaginative market experts. CONTACT will deliver a horizontal platform that allows the fabrication of a range of devices, from transistors to solar cells, sensors, light-emitting diodes and plastic displays. This will provide a significant enhancement of thin-film electronics in terms of cost, throughput, substrate choice and consistency, and reduce time to market as well as developing European precursor markets.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Address
South Kensington Campus, Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

ASULAB S.A.
Switzerland
Address
Rue Des Sors 3
2074 Marin-epagnier
I C CONSULTANTS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Sherfield Building
SW7 2AZ London
INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Belgium
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
MERCK CHEMICALS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Wilberforce Court, Alfred Gender Street
HU1 1UY Hull
NORBERT SCHLAFLI MASCHINEN
Switzerland
Address
Obere Rebbergstrasse 10
4800 Zofingen
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET ILMENAU
Germany
Address

98684 Ilmenau