merckMERCK (UK and Germany)

Merck is a leading company for innovative, top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. The company has six businesses – Merck Serono, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Merck Millipore and Performance Materials. The company generated sales of around € 11.3 billion in 2014 with around 39,000 employees in 66 countries worldwide.


In the Performance Materials business Merck has a long standing history of material development for specialty chemicals. With its state-of-the-art liquid crystal mixtures for displays, Merck has been the global market and technology leader for many years. Within the Organic Electronics area Merck has developed materials for about 10 years and discovered some of the leading materials available today.


Merck has a broad knowledge and long background in new organic semiconductor (OSC) materials development. The materials developed by Merck are suitable for use in industry and also developed/formulated to be ready for industrial use. The industry is targeting manufacturing with very advanced printing integration, hence the materials and formulations have to be adapted to work in pilot facilities with the right performance. Merck also has strong expertise in formulating functional materials for printing processes and aims to develop formulations suitable for industrial use within this project.


Merck laboratories in Chilworth, United-Kingdom, have the capabilities to design, synthesize and characterize new OSC materials, develop the formulations for industrial coating, printing and patterning processes, and optimise transistor stacks with the necessary development of additional passive materials like dielectrics, planarization, Self-Assembled Monolayers (SAMs) and protection layers as needed.

Merck laboratories in Darmstadt and Heidelberg, Germany, have the capabilities to demonstrate OSC formulations in industrial coating, printing and patterning processes. Within their process development facilities they are able to scale-up the materials targeting commercial use as well as manufacture the materials to the high purity and consistency needed for organic electronic applications.
Merck is coordinator and leader of the ATLASS project.

http://www.merck.co.uk/
http://www.merck.de/de/index.html

 

litebCEA Liten - Printed Electronics lab. (France)

Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energie Alternatives (CEA) is a French governmental research-and-technology organization with activities in energy, Information Technology, healthcare, defence and security. CEA-Tech division focuses on creating value and innovation through technology transfer to its industrial partners. It operates 8,000-m² of state-of-the-art clean room space on 200mm and 300mm wafer platforms and as well a printed platform- called PICTIC - for TOLAE activities. It employs 4500 scientists and engineers including 300 Ph.D. students and 300 assignees from partner companies. CEA-Tech owns more than 2200 patent families. CEA- LITEN (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies) is dedicated to the programme on new technologies for renewable energy, energy efficiency and nanomaterial.

CEA-LITEN Printed Devices Department has a total staff of 50 persons devoted to printing process development for organic devices, ink formulation, organic device modeling and simulation and device reliability. The department is focused on System On Foils and smart sensing surfaces applications with a portfolio printed devices: OTFT for PMOS active matrix and CMOS circuits, memories, physical sensors, photonics sensors, energy (OPV and batteries).

CEA-Liten operates the French printing pilot platform PICTIC dedicated to the development, industrialization and prototyping of printed electronics products. The PICTIC platform is opened to industrial partners, especially SMEs and start-ups to foster TOLAE products to enter the market. It is designed to the scale up printed devices from laboratory level to products prototypes. The platform is 600 m² clean room class 10000 working on Sheet-to-Sheet mode and is compatible with rigid and flexible substrate. PICTIC includes a complete set of industrial coating or printing equipment and characterization tools such as slot die, screen printer, inkjet, gravure printer, flexography tools, profilometer, ellipsometer. Associated to the set of tools, the sustaining group and the reliability group will be involved to support the project. PICTIC is also part of the EU COLAE project which integrates all the similar EU platforms.
http://www-liten.cea.fr/

 

PiezotchARKEMA (France)

The Arkema Group was created in October 2004 from the reorganization of Total’s Chemicals branch. Its three business segments, Coating, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products, combine coherent and integrated industrial activities, most of which boast either world or European leading rankings, with internationally recognized brands and products.

Present in over 40 countries with 15,200 employees, the Arkema Group operates 80 industrial facilities in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as sales subsidiaries in every region of the world. Arkema is a world leader in fluorinated Polymer with its PVDF based Range Kynar and Kynar Flex. It devotes a large R&D effort to develop fluorinated polymers in new energy (Photovoltaics, Li-Ion Batteries) and smart materials with the acquisition of Piezotech in 2010.

Arkema-Piezotech is specialized in the Research, development and production and the development of electro active fluorinated-based polymers and devices.

With the acquisition of Piezotech, and the integration in its R&D Incubator for High performance material, Arkema created a team dedicated to the Research, development and production electro active fluorinated-based polymers and devices.

Fluorinated electro active polymers offers new functionalities for printed electronic. P(VDf-TrFE) and derivatives can be printed in the form of thin layer to bring piezoelectric, pyroelectric and ferroelectric properties. It offers new perspectives for applications like printed sensors, printed memories or printed speakers.

Arkema-Piezotech also develops a new class of fluorinated polymers: relaxor ferroelectric polymers with targeted applications such as printed actuators and energy harvester. They develop a specific process for the production of fluorinated electro active polymer for printed electronic.

Objectives are the development of electro active fluorinated polymers with the development of an industrial plant based producing innovative high quality and performance materials (polymers, formulations…) in line with electronic and printed electronic requirements.
http://www.piezotech.fr/

 

JoanneumJOANNEUM RESEARCH (Austria)

Joanneum Research Materials has its main expertise in the development of nanopattering processes, advanced micro-optics, organic electronics and sensor systems. The institute has been founded in 1999 and has gained experience in cutting edge high-resolution and high-throughput patterning processes including design and mastering.

The Micro- and Nanostructuring Group (Head B. Stadlober) hosts facilities for Nanoimprint Lithography with in-house manufacture of imprint tools, 3D Laser-Lithography, E-beam Lithography, and Photolithography in clean-room environment. For large area nanofabrication a R2R pilot line for UV-NIL, Hot Embossing-NIL, and Gravure printing is at hand and large area batch fabrication includes screen-printing as well as ink-jet and aerosol-jet printing.

The processes are applied in manufacturing of OTFTs with short channels defined by NIL and a self-alignment technique for elimination of parasitic capacitances. European projects related to organic electronics include POLARIC, PolyNet, and PolyApply among others. Polymer ferroelectrics were applied as pyro- and piezoelectric smart sensors for human machine interfaces and automotive security as well as for different concepts of energy harvesting. Spatially sensitive devices printed on large area substrates were demonstrated in the European projects 3PLAST and FLASHED. The PVDF-on-foil based sensing technology employed there is a trademark of JR called PyzoFlex®.

Joanneum Research contributes to ATLASS with its know-how in large-area high-throughput R2R nanopatterning of metallic features, for the field of organic electronics, especially in process development, manufacturing, and optimization of OTFTs with small channel length. The main expertise relevant for the project lies in the area of the self-aligned nanoimprint-process with UV-induced resist polymerization for the fabrication of the source-drain and gate structures, whereupon this process can be performed either in a sheet-to-sheet (primarily for evaluation purpose) or a roll-to-roll-process for large-area fabrication.

In the field of piezo-/pyroelectricity Joanneum Research shares its expertise of polymer-based ferroelectric materials (closely related to the PyzoFlex technology), particularly in the design, in the knowledge on the material properties, the poling process necessary to establish macroscopic piezo-/pyroeffects and the fabrication of the complete NIR/MIR sensor by sheet-to-sheet screen printing or roll-to-roll gravure printing.
http://www.joanneum.at/

 

VTTVTT Technical Research Centre (Finland)

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland LTD is a non-profit government organisation established by law and operating under the auspices of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. VTT is a multi-technological research organisation providing high-end technology solutions and innovation services.
VTT Group is the largest public applied research activity in Northern Europe with a staff of 2600 and turnover M€279. VTT has 70 years of experience in addressing the needs of industry and the knowledge-based society. Over the years, VTT has participated in more than 1000 European R&D Framework Programme projects, within various thematic programmes.
VTT emphasises technologies that can be up scaled to volume production, preferably using roll-to-roll processing. In addition to various printing processes, VTT have also strong expertise in other processes used in printable flexible electronics such as evaporation, nanoimprint lithography, hot embossing, laser etching, and lift-off. All of these processes are possible in laboratory as well as in continuous pilot scale machines VTT’s vision is to employ printing processes to create easy-to-use and cost-effective products for sensing, light-emitting surfaces, energy foils, optical films and electrical circuits.
VTT has four R2R pilot printing machines for pilot scale manufacturing. In addition R2R compatible (stop&go) assembly and bonding hybrid pilot line, R2R thermal evaporator, R2R laser processing unit and R2R electrical testing unit.
PrintoCent Pilot Factory has five installed manufacturing lines covering the whole value chain from prototype development and scale-up to Roll-to-Roll –printing with versatile possibilities with lamination, 3D forming and injection molding to finalizing the product.
http://www.vttresearch.com/

 

Amo AMO Gmbh (Germany)

AMO is a research and nanostructure fabrication service provider with a very strong technological background based on nanolithography such as in-line projection lithography for 6’’-wafers, high resolution electron beam lithography (EBL) facilities (Vistec EBPG5200) , UV-Nanoimprint lithography (SCIL MA8 Gen3, Step&Repeat EVG 770, own resist material AMONIL®), and interference lithography. Typical application fields include nanoelectronics, Graphene processing and Si-photonics.

AMO has already demonstrated its competence taking part in several national and European research projects like Pullnano, NapaNil, during coordination of projects like Circles Of Light and GRAND and is original member of the Graphene-Flagship. Over the last years AMO has, in cooperation with international partners, accumulated experience in nanostructured sensor applications.

AMO supplies nanofabrication techniques for the fabrication of needed masters and templates for R2R or S2S processing and is equipped with the necessary inspection tools (SEM, AFM, particle inspection tool, surface profiler).
www.amo.de/

 

GRTGRT (Germany)

GRT is a print form producer for roto gravure applications in packaging and security markets with a total annual volume 12.000 cylinders. About 3% of our turnover is covered by print forms for printed electronics markets. GRT is a small size enterprise with 30 employees, a family owned company, which is worldwide active. The company is located in Hamm, Germany, founded in 2004.

GRT is running all possible engraving technologies for cylinder making in one location, had been always first in technology and using smallest available resolutions for the different technologies.

In 2012 GRT got the “Top 100 award” for being one of the hundred most innovative small / midsize enterprises in Germany over all industries.

Most outstanding technological skill is, that GRT has all technologies with smallest available resolution in one place.

Because of the employee’s background GRT is also developing / optimizing these technologies together with the machine vendors. Dr. Weidlich has several patents in different subjects of engraving technologies.

In case of “Xtreme” stylus engraving GRT is using 10μm resolution. The used nano-sec. direct laser has a resolution of 12μm, while a Japanese high resolution laser has the world smallest writing resolution of 2μm. All these technics are running for standard cylinder production.

Beside this perfect technological range, they have a ten year long experience in print form production for printed electronic subjects in solar cells and circuit reproductions of smallest dimensions. Focus of their R&D department is to optimize the existing processes and look for new applications for this equipment.

Practically GRT has deep experience not only in engraving, but also in printing. By this they optimize inks for the later production print at customer sites.
http://www.goerz-gravurtechnik.de/

 

incoreIn-Core Systems (France)

IN-CORE Systèmes is a leading technology company in computer vision with over 2000 installations worldwide. Localised in the suburbs of Lyon, France, was founded in 1998 by three shareholders who still manage the company: Dr Christophe Pallas (Financial director), Mr Johnny Turkieh (Technical director) and Dr Michel Popovic (Sales & marketing manager).

Our expertise is concentrated around imaging systems and optical methods for 100% surface inspection of continuous or discontinuous processes. The core activity of the company is to design and manufacture automatic surface inspection systems based on line scan cameras, high performance illumination and computer technology with our proprietary real time and post processing software solutions.

IN-CORE Systèmes delivers industrial inspection and traceability solutions for printed electronics which enable to control the quality of coating or printing steps for layers, circuits, modules, rolls, etc. Each step of the process is controlled to highlight crucial defects such as short circuits and circuit breaks, lack and excess of inks, inclusions of foreign particles, etc. The system also monitors the absolute positions of patterns or layers, controls their quality and registration of circuit components or layers printed or coated in multiple steps. A detailed report for each production run is provided per roll, sheet, module, circuit or layer in order to associate a defect to one specific process step.

Within the project it is targeted to develop visual inspection solutions for high density printed transistors manufactured in R2R or S2S processes. A relation between functional defects and optical impact is established which will allow the implementation of improved algorithms for defect detection for functional components.

Due to targeted dimensions and required measurement accuracies, the image acquisition of our inspection solution is developed so that imaging resolutions of about a magnitude higher than currently used are permitted. An improved data processing hard- and software infrastructure will allow the resulting increase of real-time processed data at given process speeds.
http://www.incore-systemes.com/

 

FlexEnable logo JPGFlexEnable (United Kingdom)

FlexEnable has developed the world’s first truly flexible transistor technology platform; the key to cost effective electronics over large and small surfaces. The company’s proven technology platform enables customers to create compelling flexible electronic products and to manufacture them in volume. Combining stable, high performance organic thin film transistors (OTFT) with passive elements, FlexEnable’s platform is the perfect toolkit of electronic components for enabling new mobile and wearable products as well as sensor arrays and structural electronics that bring an extra dimension to the IoT (Internet of Things). The company has demonstrated a number of world firsts, including fully flexible electrophoretic displays, flexible active matrix OLED displays and conformed organic liquid crystal displays (OLCD). FlexEnable has also demonstrated a range of optical, biometric and gas sensors as well as programmable array logic circuits, which can be programmed for different functions by digital printing.

FlexEnable organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) are manufactured at less than 100°C bringing significant advantages including the use of low cost plastic substrates, such as PET, the avoidance of distortion during processing, and a near-perfectyield demount from a re-usable glass carrier. FlexEnable’s process for the manufacture of OTFTs on plastic sheets leads to backplanes as thin as a human hair (25 µm), flexible enough to bend around a matchstick (0.25 mm) and as light as a sheet of paper (100gsm) and is the lowest cost flexible backplane solution.

With a strong IP portfolio and a unique, scalable organic electronics manufacturing process, FlexEnable can rapidly accelerate customers’ route into plastic electronics and their achievement of a truly differentiated product offering. Customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. For more information please visit www.flexenable.com or contact FlexEnable directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

TUEEindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands)

The Eindhoven University of Technology plays a prominent role at both national and international level through its research and educational programs in the engineering science and technology domain. It

has 9 departments, 11 bachelor programs, 22 Master‘s degree programs, and several doctoral programs. The university counts about 3000 employees (30% international), 150 full professors, 7700 students, 1200 among PhD students and postdocs. The output can be quantified in about 3600 scientific publications per year. The mission of the university is to be a research-driven, design-oriented university of technology, with the primary objective of providing young people with an academic education.

The team participating to ATLASS is the Mixed Signal Microelectronics (MSM)group of the faculty of Electric Engineering, headed by prof. A.H.M. van Roermund. This group‘s research focuses on the architectural and circuit level design of sensor and communications front-end, data converter and wireless communication systems, exploiting both Silicon and emerging technologies. The principal scientist involved in ATLASS is Dr. Eugenio Cantatore, associate professor, a circuit and system design expert with decennial experience on large-area electronics and ultra-low power Si ICs.

The team of MSM group brings characterization of TFTs and circuits based on organic TFTs, device physics and modelling of organic TFTs, circuit design with organic TFTs, system level design and architecture or electronic systems (e.g. at the level of demonstration)
http://www.tue.nl/en/

 

EfficientEfficient Innovation (France)

Created in 1997, Efficient Innovation is a French consulting company specialised in the field of innovation managementwith a vision of the whole innovation value chain, from opportunities generation with strategic creativity, to concept transformation into innovation projects, market studies and opportunities building, funding of the innovation projects through direct and indirect funds for companies. Efficient Innovation is specialist in European framework programmes since FP5, FP6, FP7 and has built up many European projects. Efficient Innovation offers services of European project management to its customers with is know-how and knowledge of FP European mechanisms, consortium agreement management, grant agreement management, dissemination activities. Efficient is also a specialist in industrial product design-to-cost, designto-weight and life cycle analysis. With a team of 40 consultants, EFFICIENT covers the full innovation management process. They bring also their expertise in life cycle analysis for OTFT products and processes.
www.efficient-innovation.fr/

 

ThinfilmThin Film Electronics (Sweden)

Thin Film Electronics AB is recognized as one of the world’s leading companies within the printed electronics industry. It has experienced a tremendous growth the last years and show promising financial prospects. During 2013, Invesco invested 48 million USD in Thinfilm. In 2014, FERD AS invested 23 million USD in Thinfilm. Finally, in 2015, leading US funds invested 22 million USD in Thinfilm. Thinfilm was the first company in the world to successfully demonstrate mass production of fully printed memories in 2009 and is leading the global commercialization effort in the industry. Current and future development entails smart labels that combine a range of active components. Thinfilm Electronics has its head office in Oslo Norway, product development and production in Linköping, Sweden and a NFC innovation centre in San Jose, California. Thinfilm Electronics currently has 90 employees with about half working in Linköping, Sweden with product development and production.

Thin Film brings significant technical and market know how of printed electronics and the potential uses of printed electronics. In addition, Thin Film recently added capabilities in NFC technology that can be of particular interest to ATLASS technology demonstration. Thin Film provides technical and cost specifications for Hi Resolution Hi Performance Printed OTFT Circuits. These inputs are related to the manufacturing of a high accuracy temperature sensor tag with NFC readout. Thin Film will also provide the read out system and verify that readout of the manufactured circuits will work.

 

ConceptConcept Tech - Altran group (Austria)

Concept Tech is a development service provider in the field of vehicle safety. They focus on the development of vehicle interiors, virtual curtain airbag integration, vehicle bodies, pedestrian protection development, crash/component tests, conformity of production tests and tests for special body manufacturer and pedestrian protection sensor tests, whereas industrial engineering represents a key development tool alongside test investigations.

Since 2012 Concept & Microsys combined forces inside the “Concept Tech Group” to supply the automotive industry from its global sales & support network. Their family of safety testing products & services includes airbag deployment, cold gas inflation, impactor launch, low speed crash devices and much more. At the company headquarters in Gratkorn, a number of different test facilities are available, specialized on high speed impact tests. This comprises an indoor full vehicle crash test lane, a drop tower, an impact pendulum and a universal test system for pedestrian safety tests. A climatic chamber allows performing pedestrian safety- and sensoric-tests within a temperature range from -35°C up to 90°C.

Concept Tech is specialized in performing many different types of tests in the field of automobile safety. This also includes the know-how and the available instrumentation for measurements of accelerations, velocities and forces with high temporal resolution and high speed video analysis.
http://www.concept-tech.com/

 

shadowThe Shadow Robot Company (United Kingdom)

The Shadow Robot Company is a UK SME and Limited Company developing advanced robotics technologies and systems, including advanced manipulation technologies. The company was founded in 1997 by a group of independent robotics researchers and now includes 20 engineers working in a wide range of research and engineering capabilities across the entire range of robotics design and development.

Shadow Robot is an active participant in the robotics research community, with strong links within Europe. As a member of European consortia like the EURobotics aisbl, Shadow Robot helps set the strategic agenda for robotics research.

The Shadow Robot team brings a variety of skills to bear ranging from deeply-embedded microcontroller systems through to design of advanced sensors and mechanical assemblies. Shadow develops advanced prototypes and does limited production of robotic systems at its London headquarters. Shadow has been developing and applying dextrous manipulation since 1998, and works with many of the lead innovators in sensing and control solutions. Shadow has extensive experience working with new and prototype electronics and sensing, and developing drivers and support for making use of these in R&I projects.

Shadow Robot's team have long experience designing and developing new types of robotic hardware and systems, as well as significant expertise in the integration and systems engineering work required to support this process. Shadow Robot provides a clear task-oriented focus to the integration and trials work of the project.
http://www.shadowrobot.com/

 

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