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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.3.6 | Award Amount: 5.18M | Year: 2011

The main objective of this coordinated action is to promote the commercial exploitation of OLAE (organic and large-area electronics) technology for the benefit of European industry and business and for the welfare of European countries. Through the efforts of COLAE we will be able to provide to European companies effective access to the knowledge base and technology know-how of key European OLAE research partners and their regional OLAE clusters, to high-quality training experiences and courses, to OLAE product and business idea feasibility support, to the best European manufacturing, pilot production facilities and services, to advanced OLAE innovation process and to coordinated support for better IPR landscaping and exploitation as a foundation of European driven business.The established regional OLAE clusters across Europe that have networking stakeholders from research, industry, public and other interested parties, are bought together in a pan European cooperation which will be coordinated through the COLAE project. One important task is to promote the uptake of OLAE technologies by European companies that are new to the field. To achieve this, we will enhance their awareness of the opportunities presented by OLAE and their understanding of the capability of OLAE technologies. We will assist them as they evaluate and verify opportunities and provide a coordinated support service for their needs. We will establish a programme of training, providing basic awareness as well as more advanced technology and entrepreneurship courses with a target of reaching 500 participants mainly from industry.An OLAE feasibility network will be established and verified by executing 10 selected trial cases in which new users of OLAE technology will be assisted as they examine the feasibility of using OLAE technology for particular applications. The OLAE feasibility network is an important step towards the concept of a virtual European OLAE foundry through which OLAE technologies can be developed and manufactured at pilot scale through facilities made available by COLAE clusters. The aim is to achieve a coordinated service portfolio for industry across a broad range of OLAE technologies and applications.An open innovation model will be developed for collaboration and rapid commercialization by regional clusters. The COLAE community will collect information from important future research topics by using open workshops and will bring the recommendations to the attention of the European OLAE community, the EC, Photonics21 SRA process and OE-A.The impacts of the COLAE project are the growth of OLAE R&D services in Europe, more effective product demonstration and piloting services, the improved coordination of infrastructure investments, the enlargement of the network of OLAE companies and an increase in the number and capability of OLAE technologists and designers.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-05-2014 | Award Amount: 8.01M | Year: 2015

Printed electronics (PE) is set to revolutionise the electronics industry over the next decade and can offer Europe the opportunity to regain lost market share. Printed electronics allows for the direct printing of a range of functional (conductive, resistive, capacitive and semi-conducting) nanomaterials formulations to enable a simpler, more cost-effective, high performance and high volume processing in comparison to traditional printed circuit board and semiconductor manufacturing techniques. It has been reported by Frost and Sullivan that the market for printed electronics will increase in revenues from $0.53Bn in 2010 to $5.04 Bn in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.5%. However, the migration towards low-cost, liquid-based, high resolution deposition and patterning using high throughput techniques, such as inkjet printing, requires that suitable functional nanomaterials formulations (e.g. inks) are available for end users in industrially relevant quantities. Presently, there are issues with industrial supply of nanomaterials which are low cost, high performance, environmentally friendly and tailored for high throughput systems. Therefore better collaboration is warranted between supply chain partners to ensure nanomaterial production and nanomaterial formulations are tailored for end use applications to meet this need. The INSPIRED project will address these fundamental issues within the printed electronics industry: Ensuring that suitable functional nanomaterials formulations (inks) are available for end users in industrial scale quantities. Production of these nanomaterial formulations on an industrial scale and then depositing them using cost-effective, high throughput printing technologies enables rapid production of printed electronic components, on a wide variety of substrates. Therefore, enabling new electronics applications, whilst overcoming the problems associated with traditional manufacturing.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2013.4.0-3 | Award Amount: 4.80M | Year: 2013

The EU has lost a significant share of the electronics manufacture sector to the Far East, resulting in a negative trade balance of >100bn/year within this sector. This is (in part) due to the current manufacturing technologies that are based on subtractive processing that are expensive, wasteful and energy intensive, making manufacture in the EU economically and environmentally unfeasible. Printed electronics is set to revolutionise the electronics industry by enabling direct, additive processing that significantly reduces capital and operating costs as well as massively reducing process hazardous chemical waste and energy. Currently the EU dominates the innovation and technological know-how in printed electronics. It is very important that this intellectual capital that Europe developed is translated to direct economic benefits by ensuring that manufacture is retained within the EU. However, there are barriers that are preventing widespread adoption of printed electronics including the availability of cost effective, high performance electronic inks, lack of awareness of end-users and lack of integration of individual printed components into large systems. PLASMAS directly builds on world-leading nano-materials, printing and display device technologies developed and patented by the consortium members. Our consortium is unique in that it covers the entire supply chain and also in terms of its ambition. PLASMAS directly addresses the current commercialisation barriers by demonstrating the capability of technology (based on novel copper and silicon inks with favourable cost to performance ratios) through development of printed circuit boards and printed logic as well as displays with printed copper and silicon-based back panels and established self-emissive OLEDs and reflective low power Electro-Chromic elements. PLASMAS will make a significant step forward in commercialising these technologies and ensuring that the commercial benefits are maximised for the EU.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: NMP-04-2014 | Award Amount: 7.89M | Year: 2015

The EU is well placed to exploit printed electronic technologies to create greater economic and social benefits for the EU, but only if we are able to commercialise innovative technologies created within the EU. Ink jet printing technologies are at the forefront of printed electronic developments. However, Ink jet printing has only been able to achieve a resolution of >=10um and the viscosity of printable inks is limited to <40 centipoise, this further limits the solids content of inks to <30-Vol% and the size of the nano-fillers to <50nm typically. These factors limit the range of functional inks that can be printed as well as the resolution and final properties of the resultant printed/sintered structures and components. The HI-RESPONSE project is based on highly innovative, patented Electro-static printing technology (ESJET) that has already been proven on TRL 4 to print to a resolution of 1um and be able to print inks with a viscosity of up to 40.000 cP. The resultant printed/sintered structures will therefore be able to achieve a high resolution and increase final component properties through enabling the printing of highly filled nano-inks and functional organic materials. This technology will be further developed to TRL 6 within the project to allow for the design and assembly of a multi-head system that can achieve resolution, speeds and cost that far surpassed that of current ink-jet systems. The resultant system will be demonstrated at TRL 6 for a wide range of materials, including: nano-Cu and nano-ceramic filled inks and organic polymers. Each of these materials will be printed to create components specifically defined and specified by the industrial organisations within the consortium: Infineon, Ficosa, Piher (Meggitt) and Zytronic. The specific end-user defined applications are: Automotive aerials and sensors, metal meshed for OLED and touch screens, conductive through silicon vias and mechanical strengthening ribs for thin Si-wafers.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP.2012.1.4-3 | Award Amount: 4.33M | Year: 2013

Knowing the mechanical properties of workpieces and machine-tools also at the nanometer scale is an absolute necessity for an efficient nanoscale production. Current technologies are lacking the flexibility and robustness needed for measuring such key parameters as topography, morphology, roughness, adhesion, or micro- and nano-hardness directly in a production environment. This hinders rapid development cycles and resource efficient process and quality control. The following technology and methodology gaps for addressing these challenges were identified: Efficient disturbance rejection and systems stability; robustness and longevity of probes; short time to data (i.e. high-speed measurements and data handling); and traceability of the measurement. The project aim4np strives at solving this problem by combining measuring techniques developed in nanoscience with novel control techniques from mechatronics and procedures from traceable metrology. Goal and Deliverable The main deliverable will be a fast robotic metrology platform and operational procedures for measuring with nanometer resolution and in a traceable way the topography, morphology, roughness, micro- and nano-hardness, and adhesive properties of large samples in a production environment.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: NMP.2010.2.2-1 | Award Amount: 4.16M | Year: 2011

The objectives of the project Hybrid organic/inorganic memory elements for integration of electronic and photonic circuitry (HYMEC) are to resolve fundamental issues of materials science and to realize new hybrid inorganic/organic devices with functionality far beyond current state-of-the-art. This is of direct relevance to the objectives of the FP7-NMP Work Programme, as it calls for design novel knowledge-based smart materials with tailored properties, releasing their potential for enhanced and innovative applications. Specifically, we will perform research towards understanding and controlling all relevant properties of systems comprising inorganic metal nanoparticles embedded in matrices of conjugated organic materials (organic semiconductors), and we will demonstrate the function of such material hybrids as non-volatile memory elements that can be addressed electrically and optically, which thus represent potential interconnects of future hybrid electronic and photonic circuitry. Moreover, we target implementing cost-efficient production routes, such as printing, as well as exploring the ultimate miniaturization of such memory elements by novel sublimation- and imprinting-based nanostructuring processes. Electronic, optical, dielectric, structural, and morphological properties of our systems will be determined using state-of-the-art experimental techniques and modelling to establish a reliable specific knowledge base, which we will exploit for device fabrication and integration. Through our cooperative efforts, we expect to make use of new knowledge for the realization of reliable non-volatile memory elements (NV-ME) employing resistance switching, with a substantial extension of existing NV-ME functionality, i.e., optical addressing of devices in addition to purely electric.

Nau S.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | Wolf C.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | Sax S.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,University of Graz
Advanced Materials | Year: 2015

Charge-coupled devices (CCD) and complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) active pixel sensors represent the two major flat-panel image detector technologies. It is expected that organic electronics based technologies are able to fill this gap. Over the past years first organic devices such as optical data links, X-ray detectors, high-resolution image detectors, color and infrared image detectors, sensor systems, or even applications toward retinal prosthesis were demonstrated. Potential future fields of application for these devices will be machine vision systems, X-ray based material inspection and medical imaging applications like computed tomography, radiography, or angiography. The combination of these device intrinsic features in a serial connection of both elements is used to simultaneously convert the light induced dynamic resistance change induced at the OPD to a non-volatile resistance change at the ORS.

Nau S.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | Sax S.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,University of Graz
Advanced Materials | Year: 2014

The origin of resistive switching in organic devices is studied by photovoltaic methods and impedance spectroscopy. The results show that the most commonly proposed charging/discharging mechanisms can be excluded as working mechanism. There is solid evidence that resistive switching is due to the formation/rupture of filaments. Further, it is shown that this is a universal property of metal/organic/metal thin-film devices. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Schmoltner K.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | Kofler J.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | Klug A.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft MbH | List-Kratochvil E.J.W.,University of Graz
Advanced Materials | Year: 2013

An ion-sensitive electrolyte-gated organic field-effect transistor for selective and reversible detection of sodium (Na+) down to 10 -6 M is presented. The inherent low voltage - high current operation of these transistors in combination with a state-of-the-art ion-selective membrane proves to be a novel, versatile modular sensor platform. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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