Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (B) and TNO (NL), and Evonik Industries AG have announced 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 to provide its expertise on soluble oxide semiconductor materials.
Thin-film electronics uses novel semiconductor materials and can be manufactured using printed electronics technology, which is cheaper. Thin-film electronics also makes possible flexible/rollable/bendable electronics by producing them on thin plastic films.
These companies to work on optimizing 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.
“Adding Evonik to our ecosystem will help us take a big step towards commercial thin-film production processes and applications. They have some of the best n-type soluble oxide semiconductors in the world. These state-of-the-art materials will help us push the performance of flexible circuits further and open up new applications, while reducing costs and improving circuit robustness,” said Gerwin Gelinck, Organic and Oxide Transistors program manager at Holst Centre.
“Holst Centre has a great track record in realizing complex thin-film circuits. They are one of the few groups that can design such circuits and then go on to demonstrate their properties. Working with them will help us better understand what the industry needs and deliver even better semiconductor materials that meet those requirements,” said Dr. Jürgen Steiger, electronic solutions manager of Evonik Industries.