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Holst, Evonik augment thin-film electronics venture

Posted: 14 Feb 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:thin-film electronics? oxide? RFID?

Holst Centre and Evonik Industries will extend the range and performance of thin-film electronics applications through its partnership under the research lab's Organic and Oxide Transistor program.

Made from novel semiconductor materials, thin-film electronics can be manufactured using print-like processes to significantly reduce 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.

Under the extended partnership, both parties will work together to optimise 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.

CMOS circuit on a thin, flexible substrate

CMOS circuit on a thin, flexible substrate. Holst Centre and Evonik will fuse their process expertise to speed up the development of thin-film circuits.

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 December last year, 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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