Cooperations and funded projects
Japanese equipment maker SCREEN Finetech Solutions Co., Ltd. (SCREEN FT) is the global technology and market leader for slot-die/ slit coater for the FPD industry (Linearcoater™). In October 2015 Evonik and SCREEN FT have signed a contract for a strategic partnership to jointly promote the iXsenic® technology. The advantages are obvious: Evonik offers the semiconductor iXsenic®, SCREEN FT provides the production equipment. Thus, material, equipment and process can be perfectly matched to the customer’s needs. With this setup optimal service and performance is provided to our customers.
Evonik’s cooperation with Holst Centre is now running for more than five years with focus on soluble metal oxide semiconductors. For the outside world visible highlights were the successful demonstration of RFID tags with the scope of the ORICLA project, flexible AMOLED displays or the recently published article in Nature’s Scientific Reports on the development of a thin-film microprocessor together with Panasonic. All these demonstrations show the huge potential of Evonik’s iXsenic® technology in electronic applications. More infos may be found in our download section.
In March 2013, supported by EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network, Evonik and partners from EPFL (CH), Jacobs University (DE), Trinity College Dublin (IR), Institut Jožef Stefan (SI), Weizmann Institute (IL), Aixtron (DE), and SCM (NL) have started the project “MoWSeS” (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN). For a period of four years, we combine research efforts to focus on fabrication of electronic circuits based on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD, such as MoS2). These materials – analogous to graphene – are seen as emerging semiconducting alternatives for silicon-based applications. With innovative TMD semiconducting materials we will develop and demonstrate new types of low-power, low-cost functional devices. Evonik’s expertise in industrial up-scaling will be the key for the breakthrough of flexible nanoelectronics.
With substantial support of Evonik, the EU-funded ORICLA Project (FP7-ICT-2009-4247798) moved one step closer to fulfilling the vision of printed RFID tags. Our novel metal-oxide-based material systems allow producing high complexity circuits with high-performance thin film transistors on a flexible PEN (polyethylene naphthalate) substrate. Together with our partners IMEC, Holst Centre and PolyIC, we introduced for the first time a new RFID chip-production process with EPC-like performance, based on complementary logic with organic and metal oxide semiconductors.
After three years of intensive research, supported by Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the project MaDriX, has successfully developed new printable materials for printed RFID tags with highly complex functionality. We – along with our university partners from University of Wuppertal, MPI Mainz, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and TU Berlin – formed a basis for the development of novel printable semiconductor and dielectric materials. Furthermore, our R&D staff could show for the first time how to produce printable oxide semiconductor ink with high electronic-grade quality at production scale. Another challenge for all industry partners within MaDriX (PolyIC, BASF, ELANTAS Beck, Siemens and Evonik Industries AG) was to standardize a testing method for new printable materials, in order to facilitate the technical transfer “from lab to fab“.