Holst Centre and Evonik Industries partners on thin-film electronics

February 12, 2013 // By Julien Happich
Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (B) and TNO (NL), and Evonik Industries AG, a provider of specialty chemicals, announced a partnership to extend the range and performance of thin-film electronics applications.

Evonik has joined Holst Centre's shared research program on Organic and Oxide Transistors, bringing with it world-class expertise in soluble oxide semiconductor materials. Made from novel semiconductor materials, thin-film electronics can be manufactured using print-like processes, greatly reducing production costs. They can also be produced on thin plastic films, enabling a host of new flexible electronics applications from plastic radio frequency identification (RFID) tags to rollable displays. Turning these possibilities into reality requires new low-temperature solution-based, manufacturing techniques.

The agreement between Holst Centre and Evonik aims to speed up the development of thin-film circuits. Holst Centre and its ecosystem have extensive experience in solution-based CMOS processes, and Evonik is a world leader in soluble oxide semiconductors. The partners will now work together to optimize Evonik’s n-type semiconductors and use them in CMOS processes to create circuits targeting the performance requirements of RFID, display driver and wireless sensor applications.

The new partnership extends an already successful working relationship. For the last three years, Evonik and Holst Centre have been working together as two of the partners in the EU FP7 ORICLA project. ORICLA, which officially ended on 31 December 2012, established a new benchmark for RFID performance and was the first group to use a low-temperature process to fabricate a thin-film RFID circuit capable of bidirectional communication.

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