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Posted on December 23, 2011 by  & 

Organic semiconductors - from molecules to the revolution of light

The Federal President of Germany Christian Wulff awarded the Deutscher Zukunftspreis 2011 to the three researchers Prof. Karl Leo (TU Dresden and Fraunhofer IPMS - COMEDD), Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth (NOVALED AG) and Dr. Martin Pfeiffer (HELIATEK GmbH).
The winning team (Prof. Dr. Karl Leo, Dr. Martin Pfeiffer, Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth) with the Federal President of Germany Christian Wulff and the Federal Minister of Education and Research Prof. Dr. Annette Schavan. © Fraunhofer IPMS, Foto: Tanja Schnitzler, Bildschön GmbH
The award has been given for their strenuous personal efforts, which examplify the impact of a joint vision, excellent know-how and hard work. A lot of people from the environment of the team got carried away from their passion and the concrete results of research and development. Step by step one of the worldwide largest clusters of organic electronic - closely connected and located in Dresden - arose from the first idea to create light or electricity out of organic semiconductors.
The smart and unbureaucratic research and development policies of the European Community, the German Federation and the State of Saxony and furthermore courageous development projects with industrial partners created the fundament of this success to be always ahead of the competition.
Prof. Karl Leo, Director of the Center for Organic Materials and Devices (COMEDD) at Fraunhofer IPMS, proudly summarizes: "I understand the award as recognition of the work of all colleagues at the Technical University Dresden, at COMEDD and the spin-off companies Novaled and Heliatek. At the same time, it is incentive as well as request for the development of fascinating products using this new technology, which can save or generate energy by using small molecule layers. I really have appreciated working together with such brilliant teams on the development of the future."
Organic Semiconductors can be evaporated as a very thin layer at glass or foils. These self emitting layers as organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) enable the creation of a completely novel generation of lamps. Deposited at large areas, OLEDs will illuminate car interiors, living rooms, furniture, windows and more in an energy saving way.
Furthermore, they are also the basis for organic solar cells on foils in different colors, which can catch the sun light at the front of buildings. Finally the small molecules can be integrated into silicon micro chips - together with sensors as e.g. camera pixels. This can be used for tiny displays in data eyeglasses with eye tracking: the issues can be controlled by gaze.
The scientists already face up to new challenges, to enable further innovation: They work on processes for OLEDs and organic solar cells on flexible plastic and metal foils and on large-area 3D displays viewable without corresponding eye glasses. It will be exciting to see what the future holds in store!
Further information on the research project can be found at External Link.
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