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Horizon 2020-NMBP-07-2017

Project ID: 760949

Funding scheme: Research and Innovation action (RIA)

“Multiscale modelling and characterization to optimize the manufacturing processes of Organic Electronics materials and devices”

Duration (months): 36


(Active project)

Participation of OET

Project Budget: 3.998.750 €

 Project Coordinator: Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology (LTFN), AUTh (Prof. Stergios Logothetidis)

The CORNET main objectives are to:

  1. Develop an effective OIE with world-class experts in Manufacturing, Multiscale Characterization & Modelling, connected to EU clusters, and create a reliable database with citable protocols with contribution to Standards
  1. Multiscale Characterization & Modelling to Optimize OE nanomaterials and devices fabrication and Models Validation
  1. Optimize the nano-device Manufacturing of OPVs, PPVs, OLEDs by Printing (R2R, S2S) and OVPD Processes
  1. Fabricate Tailored Devices, Systems and Demonstrate to industrial applications (e.g. automotive, greenhouses) CORNET has developed a strategic plan for the clustering activities with more than 800 existing related bodies, a Business Plan for the continuation of the OIE beyond the project and the Innovation Management, IPR and legal support services to protect generated foreground and to enable its adoption by the EU research & industrial.

The specific roles & contribution of OET in the CORNET project are to give the specifications of OE materials, devices, manufacturing processes and optimize the R2R printing and OVPD manufacturing processes of OE devices (OPV, PPV, OLED). Also, OET by its expertise on metrology will contribute in multiscale characterization and testing of OE materials, devices and systems. Finally, OET will have a key role on the implementation of OE devices in Automotive and Mediterranean Greenhouses and performance assessment. 




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NSRF_ΕΣΠΑ 2014-2020

“Semitransparent Organic & Printed Photovoltaics for Energy Efficient Mediterranean Greenhouses” (2018-2020)

PHOTOKIPIA is an innovation research project aims to develop an "Energy Efficient Greenhouse" based on large area Organic and Printed Photovoltaics (OPVs) that allow also the proper growth of greenhouse cultivation. PHOTOKIPIA targets to develop and optimize large-scale Semitransparent-OPVs (S-OPVs) with Roll-to-Roll (R2R) printing techniques on plastic substrates. This will be achieved through the development of printed Transparent Electrodes (TE) and the use of unique in-line nano-layer scribing technique with ultra-fast pulse laser and optical metrology to control the thickness and optical properties of the printed nano-layers from the Infrared to Ultraviolet region of the electromagnetic spectrum for their final application to Mediterranean (MG) type Greenhouses.
Organic and Printed Photovoltaics is a rapidly growing technology field and its market is expected to reach 500$M in 2022 due to their low-cost fabrication and excellent mechanical and optical properties that allow them to penetrate to several new applications. The PHOTOKIPIA is based on the industrial research aiming to develop R2R Semi-Transparent OPV panels for the harvesting exploitation by their integration on MG rooftops. The generated electricity from S-OPVs will be collected in accumulators for covering the energy needs of the MG and providing constant power to a wireless monitoring system (ASETHI) of MG that will be deployed within the project for recording in real-time the performance and efficiency of the S-OPV panels, the microclimate and cultivation of the MG and wirelessly transfer the data through telecommunication network.
The PHOTOKIPIA Project, with the pioneering combination of energy production with Agricultural cultivation through the creation of "Energy Efficient Greenhouse", has great prospects in the Rural and National Economy since solving energy issues for remote Greenhouses or non by enhancing the ecological sustainability and competitiveness of Greek and International Greenhouse cultivations.

The objectives of PHOTOKIPIA include the:
1. Development and Optimization of R2R Printed Transparent Electrodes (optical transparency> 90%, surface resistance <12 Ohm / cm2, thermal stability ≥300 ° C).
2. Optimization of R2R Printing Processes for manufacturing large scale S-OPVs and Optical Engineering of nanolayers (6-7% Efficiency, optical transparency ≤30%, power ~ 40W / m2, weight <0.5Kg , life time 8 years).
3. Development of wireless monitoring system of MG and recording parameters of S-OPV panels.
4. Integration of H-OPV panels to MG and evaluation of their performance and impact on cultivation.

The above objectives are in full agreement with the priority strategic areas of EPAnEK for the Single Action "Research - Create - Innovate". The consortium partners, 2 Universities (AUTh & UTH) and 2 companies (OET & SUN) are internationally recognized for their excellence in the development of Organic and Printed Photovoltaic Devices, in automation technologies and management of hydroponic crops, the recording of microclimate parameters and cultivation and the development of wireless sensor networks. In addition, the complementarity of the capabilities and expertise of the partners ensures the achievement of project goals and innovative approaches. The well-coordinated and organized work plan of the project will ensure PHOTOKIPIA's success and will lead to a significant boost to the competitiveness of Greek R&D and industrial production.




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NSRF_ΕΣΠΑ 2014-2020

“Printed OLEDs for Intelligent, Efficient & Tunable solid-state lighting devices in Large Scale” (2018-2020)

Today, over 20% of all electricity produced on earth is used for lighting. The amount of energy produces greenhouse gases, which is equal to 70% of the emissions from all passenger cars in the world. Under these circumstances, the European Commission (EC) has agreed to reduce CO emissions by at least 20% by 2020. Recent studies by the EP Joint Research Committee show a huge potential for energy savings with better energy efficiency. At the same time, following the trends of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the rapid penetration of solid state lighting, it is particularly beneficial to produce high-performance lighting products on a large scale.
OLEDs of large surface illumination can provide far-reaching light distribution, reduced reflection intensity, reduced light loss, aesthetics, sophisticated design, low weight and volume. For 2020, targets are set for the production of OLED devices with an efficiency >100 lm/W and a lifetime >50,000 hours. Forecasts show that OLED market is expected to grow to $ 2.5 billion in 2027. Therefore, a strong effort is being made to produce efficient, durable and reliable OLED devices having any desired shape, size, color, high flexibility and small bending radius, large stripes and transparency.
The main idea of the APOLLON project is the developing of the methodology and printing processes in a pilot line, large scale OLED devices with optimized performance, functionality and integration capabilities in complex lighting and signage products. Enhancing availability and relevant knowledge about the technology of producing intelligent, functional, flexible and rigid OLED devices is expected to accelerate the commercial adoption of OLEDs and to make a significant contribution to build a sustainable industry in Greece and Europe around this technology.
Within the implementation of APOLLON, the cooperation of five partners (two research organizations and three enterprises), which have the necessary infrastructure as well as the additional know-how for the cooperative realization of the envisaged actions and the final achievement of the objectives of the project, is foreseen.




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Horizon 2020- FOF-08-2017

Funding scheme: Innovation action (IA)

“Smart in-line metrology and control for boosting the yield and quality of high-volume manufacturing of Organic Electronics”

 Duration (months): 36


(Active project)

Participation of OET

Project Budget: 5.424.875 €

 Project Coordinator: Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology (LTFN), AUTh (Prof. Stergios Logothetidis)

The main objectives of the SmartLine proposal are:

  1. Development of robust non-destructive optical and electrical metrology tools and methodologies
  2. Integration of in-line metrology tools in R2R printing and OVPD Pilot to Production Lines
  3. Development of a Unique Platform for the feedback of in-line metrology tools to control the processes
  4. Optimization of manufacturing processes reliability in pilot and production lines and fabrication of tailored OPV and OLEDs and demonstration to industrial applications (e.g. automotive).

The specific roles & contribution of OET in the Smartline project are the following:

  • In-line optical metrology (SE, RS) for R2R and OVPD manufacturing processes
  • Adaptation and Performance validation of Interferometers, Reflectometers & EC tools
  • Development of a software for feedback from the in-line metrology tools to control the processes
  • Development in terms of methodologies & Control routines enabled by in-line metrology to enable cor-rective/predictive actions during the process
  • In-line R2R pulsed laser scribing of OPV & OLED devices
  • Process optimization for OPVs manufacturing by R2R & OVPD Pilot Lines for enhanced reliability and manufacturability
  • Standardization activities
  • Validation of the performance of OPV and OLED devices and assessment for commercial exploitation in Automotive
  • Exploitation & Dissemination of SmartLine activities, Products, Applications, Market Replication activities on in-line automated metrology tools for OEs production lines, IPR Protection
  • Connections with business entities in national, regional, European and global levels for promotion and distribution of in-line automated metrology tools for production lines, based on the established market analysis & commercialization roadmap.




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FP7 NMP.2012.1.4-1 Pilot lines for precision synthesis of nanomaterials

Project ID: 310229

"Development of Smart Machines, Tools and Processes for the Synthesis of Nanomaterials with Tailored Properties for OEs"

Duration (months): 42


(Completed project)

Participation of OET

Project’s Budget: 11.593.843€

Project Coordination: Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology (LTFN), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 

Smartonics was a Large Scale Integrating R&D Project that had officially launched in 1st January 2013 and finalized on December 31, 2016 funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme. The SMARTONICS project had the ambition to make the European organic electronics and photonics industry more competitive by allowing it to meet future market demands.

The targets of the SMARTONICS Project were the:

  • Development of smart Nanomaterials for Organic Electronics (polymer & small molecule films, plasmonic nanoparticles and super-barriers) by process and computational modelling optimization.
  • Development of smart Technologies (r2r printing and Organic Vapour Phase Deposition machines combined with precision sensing & laser tools and processes).
  • Integration of smart Nanomaterials & Technologies in Pilot lines for precision synthesis of nanomaterials and Organic Electronics devices, optimization, demonstration and evaluation for industrial applications.

OET’s main contribution was the upscaling of full printed OPV devices the evaluation of polymer nanomaterials, R2R processes and optical sensing tools for in-line monitoring of the deposition of OE materials, as also the development of laser processes for large scale production of OPV panels using in line Ink Jet printing and novel encapsulation methods. 

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FP7 NMP.2013.4.0-1 Graphene production technologies

Project ID: 60400

"Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration" 

Duration (months): 42


(Completed project)

Participation of OET

Project’s Budget: 12.398.941€

Project Coordinator: Fraunhofer COMEDD Leader

GLADIATOR (Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration) was an FP7 EU-funded Project, which will enable the scalable production of cheaper, higher quality and large area graphene sheets. GLADIATOR directly targets the global market for transparent electrodes and was driven by the vision of developing an approach to the production of high quality graphene (transmittance ≤ 90%, sheet resistance ≥ 10 Ohm/sq.) both on a large scale and at a low cost compared to the price of Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) can be matched by graphene. The new production technologies will be demonstrated by making UV Organic Photodiodes (possibly for fire sensors application) and large area flexible OLEDs. One of the main activities of the GLADIATOR Project was the optimization of the CVD graphene production using new and process control instrumentation based on Raman Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry.

OET’s role within Gladiator project as an SME company was to provide monitoring process technology and integration solutions, qualification, evaluation and standardization services for CVD graphene growth, process parameters modifications, enhancements and improvements to a special customized CVD system with novel integration of in situ monitoring tools and instructions for robust graphene quality control. Also, OET made the evaluation of the Graphene Preparation Process onto various substrates and the Process Parameters for upscaling and the design and development of the electronic board that used for a UV-smoke detection system based on the Organic Photodiode made from FEP with Graphene electrode and tested and evaluated the system’s performance under fire. 

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"Development of Production Technology and Quality Control of Organic Electronics"

Duration (months): 36


(Completed project)

Project Coordinator: OET 

ORGATRONIK was a National Project funded by NSRF (National Strategic Reference Framework). ORGATRONIK's main target was the Development of Production Technology and Quality Control of Organic Electronics. This project lasted for two years and finished on August 2015. OET's main targets were:

  • The optimization and pilot production of OPVs with R2R processes
  • The optimization of laser processes for patterning OE devices
  • The optimization of in-line optical monitoring and quality control tools with Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE) to control the materials and increase the production efficiency of OEs.