The project focuses on the development of novel materials and processes for printing organic electronics and aims to open up new application areas. Major funding for the collaboration is provided by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Research and Innovation.
A key advantage of organic materials over their inorganic counterparts is their printability. While most organic materials are currently applied by means of low throughput processing techniques, advances in roll-to-roll printing and compatible materials will accelerate realisation of new applications for mass-market electronic devices.
Potential applications include ultra-thin organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) for displays and lighting, printed organic transistors, solar cells and sensors.
Ciba Specialty Chemicals and VTT have already collaborated for several years in multilateral research projects exploring roll-to-roll printing processes for organic electronics.