Thin-film Hybrid Interfaces: a training initiative.. (THINFACE)
Thin-film Hybrid Interfaces: a training initiative for the design of next-generation energy devices
Start date: Sep 1, 2013,
End date: Aug 31, 2017
Organic thin-films constitute a fast growing area of electronic and opto-electronic devices that offer cost-effective and flexible solutions for e.g. improved energy efficiency and energy harvesting. Due to the achievements made during the past decade, the development of such sustainable energy devices has already reached an early commercialization stage, however, in order to further boost their uptake on the market, improvement of device efficiency and lifetime is still needed. Such improvement requires a profound knowledge about fundamental properties of thin-film hybrid interfaces and their implementation in devices – a knowledge that is already requested from established and new companies focusing on organic electronic and opto-electronic devices. With this project, we establish a network that trains and educates young researchers within the area of hybrid thin-film interfaces for sustainable energy devices. In order to provide training and education that are of both high quality and of relevance for the market, the research training programmes are in this consortium based on a combination of state-of-the-art research and industrial development and production processes. The consortium consists of 5 full university partners, 1 research organization, 2 full industry partners, 4 associate industry partners and 1 associate research organization. The partners in the consortium are deliberately chosen in order to build up a unique cluster between universities and companies. Such cluster provides the young researchers in the consortium strong competence on 1) state-of-the-art research, 2) innovation and entrepreneurship and 3) large through-put industrial production processes. The training network combines expertise on modeling, thin-film formation, device fabrication and characterization (multidisciplinary aspect) in order to provide solutions for a range of different sustainable energy applications such as thin-film transistors and solar cells (intersectoral aspect).
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