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Nanoscale Defect Detection, Cleaning and Repair for Large Area Substrates

Objective

NanoMend will pioneer efforts to develop better, more integrated process inspection, cleaning, repair and control systems for nano-scale thin films on large area foils, and will do so in two exemplar vertical supply chains for functionalized polymer-coated paper products and for low cost flexible photovoltaics (PV). The aim is to demonstrate beyond state-of-the-art in-line detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nano-scale defects. The NanoMend strategy to develop novel optical inspection methods has three strands: 1.Enhance the effective lateral resolution and the vertical resolution of high speed optical inspection systems currently used to scan large area foils. 2. Develop high precision optical interferometric sensors with significantly higher spatial range and scan speed than existing laboratory interferometers. 3.Build and test prototype optical interferometers that can detect defects which have a spatial size below the diffraction limit (down to approximately 10nm) by utilizing a priori knowledge of the geometry of the defects and inverse modeling approaches. The NanoMend strategy for cleaning is to decrease defect density and enhance yield by using directional cleaning methods optimized for i) continuous operation to remove sub-micron defects from large area foils prior to barrier deposition, and ii) local removal of particles generated during fabrication of PV modules. Local repair techniques will be investigated in particular for interconnection defects detected near the end of PV module manufacture where the value of the work to be recovered is very high. NanoMend solutions proposed for inspection, cleaning and repair will be integrated into a) production of large-area photovoltaic panels for use in building-integrated systems with demonstrable long life (15-20 years) and b) production of polymer-coated papers used in fibre-based packaging solutions.

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2011-LARGE-5
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
Address
Queensgate
HD1 3DH Huddersfield
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 931 112,02
Administrative Contact
Liam Blunt (Prof.)

Participants (14)

ISOVOLTAIC AG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 146 840
Address
Isovoltaicstrasse 1
8403 Lebring
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albert Plessing (Dr.)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 625 250
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
David Cameron (Prof.)
STORA ENSO OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Kanavaranta 1
00101 Helsinki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sund Jani (Mr.)
TTY-SAATIO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 566 936,40
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
33720 Tampere
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jörg Langwaldt (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 539 987
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
ISRA VISION AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 725 716,50
Address
Industriestrasse 14
64297 Darmstadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephan Wienand (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 434 642,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arjan Hovestad (Dr.)
IBS PRECISION ENGINEERING BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 484 329,50
Address
Esp 201
5633AD Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
H.A.M Spaan (Dr.)
FLISOM AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 489 687,50
Address
Gewerbestrasse 16
8155 Niederhasli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Bremaud (Dr.)
NPL MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 510 710,50
Address
Hampton Road Teddington
TW11 0LW Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Leach (Prof.)
MICROSHARP CORPORATION LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 51 542,33
Address
Shrivenham Hundred 52 Watchfield
SN6 8TY Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Walker (Dr.)
CENTRE FOR PROCESS INNOVATION LIMITED LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 350 788,50
Address
Wilton Centre Wilton
TS10 4RF Redcar Cleveland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arun Harish (Dr.)
KITE INNOVATION (EUROPE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 120
Address
3M Buckley Innovation Centre
HD1 3BD Huddersfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mckenzie Derek (Mr.)
ISCENT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 105 337,50
Address
Lapinniemenranta 12 A 23
33180 Tampere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jaakko Raukola (Mr.)