Plastic Logic GmbH and the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research Dresden (IPF) have announced that they are extending their long-standing cooperation as part of a project sponsored by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research.
The extension of their collaboration is set for three years. The main focus is the joint development of new methods for analysing organic electronic components, as well as supporting the development of organic dielectric materials. These materials, for example, are used in flexible displays such as those manufactured by Plastic Logic.
Plastic Logic will use the ongoing R&D collaboration in the highly-regarded scientific centre of Dresden, in order to further strengthen its position as technology leader in the development of polymer based electronics. The organic semiconductor network in Dresden has grown immensely over the past three years and is fast becoming a centre for this new and seminal technology in Europe and worldwide. The IPF brings specific competencies in the area of analysis and targeted formation of functional polymer interfaces to the project.
Konrad Herre, VP, Manufacturing and Managing Director of Plastic Logic GmbH explained "We warmly welcome this opportunity to continue and strengthen our great cooperation with the IPF on a long-term basis. This represents a further milestone in our long-term strategy for the development and expansion of our production here in Dresden. The IPF is a very important partner for us because of its decades of experience in the areas of synthesis and characterisation of organic polymers".
Project manager and deputy scientific director at the IPF, Prof. Dr. Manfred Stamm, enthusiastically supports this cooperation "We are delighted to work together with Plastic Logic, one of the worldwide leading companies in the field of polymer organic electronics. This cooperation is the perfect combination of basic research and application, whereby the adoption of the most modern technologies make an innovative product development possible".
The IPF is contributing its expertise in the characterisation and modification of complex polymer interfaces in the development of high-tech products. In organic electronics, layered systems only a few nanometres thick are used, which can only be produced and analysed using complex methods. The IPF has methods available in particular for the characterisation of the structures and properties of organic layered systems, but in a resolution of nanometers. This is equivalent to the dimensions of individual polymer molecules.
Since organic electronic products are essentially multi-layer composite materials (that means, a material consisting of several ultra thin layers of different materials), special preparation and analysis methods are necessary. Ultimately the insight gained from these analyses can be incorporated into the relevant manufacturing process. The direct proximity between analysis (IPF) and production (Plastic Logic) will make an effective implementation of the analysis results in the final products possible.
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