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Low-cost all-polymer integrated circuits for low-end high-volume identification applications (PLASTRONIX)

Project ID: G5RD-CT-1999-00011
Funded under: FP5-GROWTH


Europe is front runner in applied research on conducting and semi-conducting organic materials for applications in microelectronics and optoelectronics devices. Breakthroughs were realised in the University of Cambridge with the invention of the polymer light-emitting diode, and in the CNRS Laboratoire des Matériaux Moleculaires with the fabrication of high mobility organic field effect transistors. Philips and Covion have shown the industrial feasibility of polymeric light emitting diodes for applications in segmented displays.

Organic semi-conducting materials have much lower charge carrier mobility than their inorganic counterparts, such as Silicon and Gallium Arsenide. Consequently, these materials are not suitable for high-performance, high-speed data handling or computational purposes. Instead, their main application domain will be in relatively simple mass-produced, low-end, low-cost, circuits. Electronic barcode devices for identification (for example in supermarkets or for airport luggage management), flexible displays for personal computers or dashboards, and electronic paper are some of the potential application areas.

This project summary is one of a series featured in the nanotechnology projects showcase on CORDIS:

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