German research merger to extend OLED micro-display developments
Starting from July 2014 the research in organic electronics will be carried on under the name COMEDD (Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden) at ‘Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam-, Plasma Technology and COMEDD’ which will be shortened to ‘Fraunhofer FEP’.
The scientists are aiming to offer customers and partners novel developments as a result of combined competences by applying electron beam sterilization developed at FEP on OLED-on-silicon sensors from COMEDD in biomedical applications.
Prof. Volker Kirchhoff, Director of the institute, commented: "Compared to current FEP’s focus on technologies and processes, COMEDD is concentrating on components and applications. I am looking forward for significant advances, especially in the area of barrier films for flexible organic components with COMEDD’s know-how. Also, the OLED-based micro-displays will take advantage of many years of work in the process technology and market relations at Fraunhofer FEP".
Fraunhofer FEP’s expertise in processes and equipment in electron beam and plasma technology will complement COMEDD’s contribution with its know-how in organic semiconductors and development of components.
Dr. Uwe Vogel, Deputy Director of the institute and the Division Head ‘Micro-displays and sensors’ said: "Through this merger, new approaches and research focuses e.g. in flexible electronics can be handled more efficiently. Earlier joint long-standing projects of FEP and COMEDD with significant achievements, e.g. in the development of roll-to-roll technology for flexible organic lighting, are already a good basis for future cooperation. The employees know each other and are well connected."
Customers and partners can not only continue working with existing contact persons in all technical areas but also benefit from the portfolio’s extension in the range of services. The new institute will honor all concluded contracts and secrecy agreements of FEP or COMEDD remain valid.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam-, Plasma Technology and COMEDD (FEP) will focus on innovative vacuum coating, surface treatment and modification with electrons and plasma as well as organic semiconductors. The basis for the work will be core competences in electron beam technology, sputtering technology, plasma-activated high-rate deposition, high-rate PECVD as well as technologies for organic electronics and IC system design.
Fraunhofer FEP plans to offer a wide range or research, development and pilot production possibilities, in particular for treatment, sterilization, structuring and enhancement of surfaces as well as for OLED micro-displays, organic and inorganic sensors, optical filters and flexible OLED lighting.
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