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


Smartonics is a Large Scale Integrating R&D Project funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (NMP.2012.1.4-1 Pilot lines for precision synthesis of nanomaterials).
The targets of the SMARTONICS Project are 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 is at the definition of the specifications of OPV devices, materials and Pilot lines. Evaluation of polymer nanomaterials, R2R processes and optical sensing tools for in-line monitoring of the deposition of OE materials and the development of laser processes for large scale production.
Smartonics has officially launched in 1st January 2013 and it will run for 4 years (until December 31, 2016).




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"Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration" 


GLADIATOR (Graphene Layers: Production, Characterization and Integration) is an 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 will demonstrate that the performance and 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 is the optimization of the CVD graphene production using new and process control instrumentation based on Raman Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. OET is in charge of the Evaluation of the Graphene Preparation Process onto various substrates and the Process Parameters for upscaling, the Quality Assessment of Graphene Layers, and the Demonstration of the Strength of Optical Inspection during the Graphene Growth Process.




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


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.