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Assembling Langmuir-Blodgett Architectures Through the use of Roll-to-roll Systems (ALBATROSS)
Start date: Apr 1, 2013, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The proposal addresses each of the three elements of the so-called 'knowledge triangle', i.e. research, innovation and education. The proposed programme is based partly on nationally funded multidisciplinary (Photonics, Nanoelectronics, Chemistry, Materials Science) projects that have been recently awarded to the partners from Academia and is designed to provide added value from the obvious synergies between these projects. The complementarity will enable the consortium to develop novel products using SiO2/TiO2 nanoparticles for improving the properties of solar cells and OLEDs/ OFETs that the first SME partner aims to bring into production.The equipment innovation comes from the planned systematic modifications and improvements to both hardware and software and improvement to both hardware and software of a roll-to-roll Langmuir-Blodgett dipper mechanism that has been developed by the second SME partner.We aim at making the final device attractive for potential customers by modifying the existing prototype so that it is compatible with other equipment (LB troughs) aleady available on the market.The educational and training value of the project is also high in that a number of secondments of research personnel are envisaged, including PhD students.The enhanced commercial opportunities of the device will give the research community direct means of preparing complex photonic and nanoelectronic structures on flexible substrates using a wide range of materials. The innovative roll-to-roll (R2R) mechanism will therefore facilitate the possibility of using the LB technique in a range of new commercially scalable production processes, enabling us to take this technology out of the laboratory and into the factory environment - which will be a truly revolutionary accomplishment and one which is directly aligned with EU requirements."
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