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ATLASS stands for “Advanced High-Resolution Printing of Organic Transistors for Large Area Smart Surfaces” and its main objective is to help achieve the breakthrough of printed electronics in various domains such as Smart Packaging, Safety, Tagging, Robotics and Mobility.

The project is leaded by Merck, a global leader in the development of materials for printed electronics, and is directly funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, under the Nanotechnologies, Advanced Material and Production theme. (contract # 636130 from March 2015 to August 2018)
ATLASS emerged from the meeting of the two successful project teams: POLARIC and COSMIC both funded under European Commission 7th Framework Programme and both ended in 2014. POLARIC aimed at increasing the performance of organic electronics and decrease their cost of fabrication, while COSMIC (ended in 2014) objectives were to generate an organic CMOS technology platform from design to manufacturing level.
Bringing intelligence and communication to everyday objects is a major challenge for future electronics. The «Internet of Things » concept envisions wide dissemination with new performances of electronics for smart objects: robustness, large area, flexibility, eco-efficient large volume manufacturing at low cost. Beyond the current Thin, Organic and Large Area Electronics (TOLAE) demonstration, a major technology jump driving the scalability towards nanoscale resolution via high-definition cost-effective printing is required to deliver the properties and electrical performances expected by applications. ATLASS aims at bringing high resolution technologies to the printing industries for the demonstration of new smart products for major and emerging markets.
New multifunctional high-performing inks (with semiconductor mobility superior to 1 cm²/Vs, dielectrics, ferroelectrics) and high-resolution (down to 500nm and around 100nm thickness) roll-to-roll and sheet-to-sheet printing including nano-imprinting and gravure printing will be studied and engineered. The aim is to also study their scaling-up on pre-industrial pilot lines, enabling high performance devices (with speed around 10 MHz).
In-line control and novel automatic optical inspection tools and methodology will be engineered to ramp-up the yield of developed processes (>99%) to allow cost-efficient fabrication of advanced circuits (including more than 1000 transistors, with 50kHz clock rate).
The ATLASS technology capability is benchmarked with conventional TOLAE process and will be demonstrated through four applications in the field of Interactive objects and Sensing surfaces (temperature tag for smart food packaging, electronic label for logistics, force sensing foils, proximity sensing for safer human-robot collaboration ).
At ATLASS, we are a consortium of eleven top companies (Merck UK and Merck Germany, Arkema, FlexEnable, Thinfilm, AMO Gmbh, GRT, ConceptTech (Altran), In-Core Systems, The ShadowRobot Company and Efficient Innovation) from the cutting-edge, fast growing printed electronics sector and four research and technological organisms (CEA Liten, Joanneum Research, Technical University of Eindhoven and VTT) with high-level technology expertise, aiming at developing and bringing forth these innovation.



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