National Physical Laboratory

Organic Electronics Emerging Electronics

Emerging electronics makes use of novel materials and novel manufacturing processes to create electronic devices that can be easily integrated into a wide range of products: from large area flexible electronics to wearables and implantable electronic devices. Understanding the impact of processing on material properties and device performance/reliability is critical.

2014-2018

Project title: FP7 CHEETAH - Cost-reduction through material optimisation and higher energy output of solar photovoltaic modules (13M EUR)

Main goals: With 34 partners and 16 nationalities represented in the consortium, CHEETAH's ambition is to develop technology and foster innovative manufacturing capabilities and photovoltaic products so that Europe can develop its technological and industrial capacity in all parts of the value chain.

NPL staff working on the project:
Fernando Castro
James Blakesley
George Dibb


2014-2017

Project title: EMRP - Traceable characterisation of thin-film materials for energy applications (3.7M EUR)

Partners: NPL, BAM, CEA-LNHB, CMI, DFM, LNE, MIKES, PTB, VSL, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, PANalytical, CEA-LETI

Main goals: The project will develop complementary metrology for thin film characterisation, including: development of innovative models for the interpretation of advanced materials measurements and their correlation to product performance; cutting-edge multi-parameter characterisation of energy thin-lm materials in-situ and under specific stress conditions; development of novel mapping methods for process optimization in thin-lm energy material R&D and production, including fast contact and non-contact methods.

NPL staff working on the project:
Fernando Castro
James Blakesley
Simon Hall
Matt Cashmore


2014-2017

Project title: EMRP - Towards an energy-based parameter for photovoltaic classification (3.6M EUR)

Partners: PTB, NPL, INTA, JRC, LNE, MIKES, VSL, SUPSI, TUV, Fraunhofer, Loughborough University

Main goals: This project will develop a new metric for PV efficiency based on energy generation. Development of new characterization methods and improved accuracy of existing methods will be combined with innovative modelling tools. NPL leads work package 1 on Definition of the new metric.

NPL staff working on the project:
James Blakesley
Fernando Castro
Simon Hall
Matt Cashmore
Alina Zoladek-Lemanczyk


2013-2015

Project title: Innovative metrology for critical defect identification in large area plastic electronics (£826k – NMO project)

Main goals: This project will develop: (1) an innovative capability to directly correlate defect type with performance loss in plastic electronic devices; and (2) fast, large-area measurement methods towards in-line monitoring of topographical defects.

NPL staff working on the project:
Fernando Castro
George Dibb
James Blakesley
Christopher Jones
Daniel O'Connor


2012-2015

Project title: Transparent Electrodes for Large Area, Large Scale Production of Organic Optoelectronic Devices (14M EUR - FP7 project)

Partners: EMPA, NPL, OSRAM, Eight19, Fraunhofer (ISE, COMMEDD, IVV), AMCOR, NanoGune, Univ. Valencia, Aalto, ROWO coating, TU Dresden, CANATU, Sefar AG

Main goals: The project will demonstrate the production of large area organic electronics using high throughput manufacturing technologies based on roll-to-roll wet deposition processes. In particular, by developing large area transparent conducting barrier foils which will be used for the production of flexible organic light-emitting devices (OLED), light-emitting electrochemical devices (LEC) and flexible organic photovoltaics (OPV). Scale-up of device area to high throughput production without degradation of performance or yield is a key objective of the project. Innovative testing, reliability validation and disposal issues are an integral part of the project.

NPL staff working on the project:
Fernando Castro
George Dibb
Tony Maxwell



2012-2015

Project title: Traceable characterisation of nanostructured devices (2.7M EUR - EMRP project)

Partners: NPL, BAM, CEA, CMI, INRIM, PTB, ION-TOF, IMEC, CEA-LETI

Main goals: This project will develop traceable measurement and characterisation of physical and chemical properties of the next generation of integrated nano structured devices with sub 30 nm dimensions using novel 3D architectures.

NPL staff working on the project:
Ian Gilmore
Fernando Castro
Rasmus Havelund



2012-2016

Project title: Nanoscale Defect Detection, Cleaning and Repair for Large Area Substrates (10.4 M EUR - FP7 NMP project)

Partners: NPL, University of Huddersfield, Isovoltaic AG, Lappeenrannan Teknillinen Yliopisto, Stora Enso OYJ, TTY-SAATIO, Fraunhofer, ISRA Vision AG, TNO, IBS Precision Engineering, Flisom AG, Microsharp, CPI, KITE

Main goals: This project will pioneer efforts to develop better, more integrated process inspection, cleaning, repair and control systems for nano-scale thin films on large area foils, and will do so in two exemplar vertical supply chains for functionalized polymer-coated paper products and for low cost flexible photovoltaics (PV). The aim is to demonstrate beyond state-of-the-art in-line detection, cleaning and repair of micro and nano-scale defects.

NPL staff working on the project:
Richard Leach
Christopher Jones
Paul Brewer



2012-2015

Project title: Novel photovoltaic characterisation techniques (£600k - NMO project)

Main goals: This project will develop a novel, advanced technique that will allow fast, spatially-resolved measurement of intensity, linearity, angular and polarisation characteristics of thin film photovoltaics. NPL will setup a traceable efficiency measurement facility to provide validation of the new method and to enhance the link between the SI and world radiometric reference standards.

NPL staff working on the project:
Simon Hall
Paul Miller
Fernando Castro


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