The field of organic electronics comprises several areas of materials science concerned with utilizing carbon-based materials for conductivity. While the organic conductive material was first discovered in 1862, this material has had several breakthroughs in the past few decades. In 2000, Alan J. Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid, and Hideki Shirakawa were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on conductive polymers during the 1970s, and in the late 1980s, research at Kodak on organic diodes paved the way for further research on the organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).
A decade ago every home had an old CRT TV which had slowly been replaced by LCD technology. A couple of years ago the display industry was revolutionized by OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays and now LCD is being overtaken by Samsung Galaxy AMOLED technology. This offers high definition, curved, large area TV’s with unsurpassed picture and color quality.
The Organic Electronics worldwide market is growing rapidly and Europe needs experts possessing a comprehensive knowledge and practical experience in this technology. The most developed OLED technology is used in small devices such as smartphones and tablets but also in high-end TVs and lighting, as OLEDs are still relatively expensive compared to LCD. But with research progressing towards lower cost and longer lifetime, together with a growing trend to use flexible displays in smartphones etc., the OLED market is growing fast. Europe is a huge supplier of the materials for OLED displays, taking into account that electronic market is changing very fast and companies are searching for new cheaper materials the input of research in this area is needed.
As the Organic Electronics area is very important for European development, during the meeting, we will focus on several important topics in analysis of Organic Electronic materials applicable in OPV, OFET and OLED devices going from Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence in OLEDs up to novel types of light-harvesting materials in OPV.
The Winter School is free of charge but there is a 50 person limit of participants!
We offer three types of contribution in Winter School:
The project creates a network between SUT and the University of Durham (UK), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA, France) and Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands).
This network will allow staff exchanges, training workshops, conferences, summer schools, and dissemination and outreach activities in three scientific priorities: