“Printable electronics are a key interest for the university as many internal cooperations such as MerckLab or InnovationLab GmbH and research projects with industrial partners and other universities show.“ said Prof. Dörsam. Currently, IDD is part of the Cluster of Excellence “Forum Organic Electronics,” collaborating with e.g. BASF, Merck and the universities of Braunschweig, Heidelberg and Karlsruhe (KIT) on the research regarding organic field effect transistors (OFET), organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and organic photovoltaics (OPV).
In this context, sintering of printed conductive layers plays a pivotal role in the overall process. A key application is printing and post-processing of electrode structures, e.g. for OFET. As upscaling of the production processes becomes more important, so does the speed of the individual process steps. The PulseForge® 1200 provides unparalleled versatility and speed for the integration into high-speed roll-to-roll productions.
“A critical consideration for us as a research institute in the selection of this tool was also the option to integrate our own measuring equipment and the ability to record this data as well as pulse data in real time,” said Prof. Dörsam. “It is our intention to develop doctorate-level programs of research based on the use of this important state-of-the-art photonic curing tool.”
“Prof. Dörsam’s group is at the forefront of printed electronics research,” said Stan Farnsworth, vice president marketing for NovaCentrix. “Their impressive facilities speak to the investment they have made in getting the best equipment for their research. Our engineers have already begun working with his team to transfer our photonic curing processing knowledge, and in how to best use the advanced multi-touch interface for controlling process parameters.”