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Virtual Institute Printed Electronics based on Inorganic Nanomaterials: From atoms to functional devices and circuits

Virtual Institute Printed Electronics based on Inorganic Nanomaterials: From atoms to functional devices and circuits
Contact:Prof. Dr. Horst Hahn
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Institute:INT
Funding:HGF
Start:2012
End:2017
The Virtual Institute “Printed Electronics Based on Inorganic Nanomaterials: From Atoms to Functional Devices and Circuits” is aimed at developing interdisciplinary cooperation concepts for the manufacture of commercially relevant printed circuits. Printed electronics is based on the manufacture of electronic components by standard printing techniques, such as ink jet printing or roll-to-roll printing. “The advantages of printable electronics of inorganic particles are the high theoretical mobility of charge carriers and the stability of the materials,” says Professor Horst Hahn, Head of the Institute of Nanotechnology of KIT and spokesperson of the virtual institute. So far, processing of inorganic materials has been highly complex. High temperatures are required, as a result of which inexpensive carriers, e.g. paper and polymers, are not suited for printed electronics. To overcome these restrictions, scientists pursue two new concepts for transistor gating: Use of solid composite electrolytes and inorganic nanostructures as active layers (three-dimensional gating) and use of a hybrid system of organic and inorganic structures. It is aimed at developing novel materials and electronic components and at determining their functionality and stability. Economic aspects and technical feasibility are also taken into account. Partners of the Virtual Institute are TU Darmstadt, the University of Duisburg-Essen, ETH Zurich, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the USA. The project is funded with about EUR 2.7 million by the Helmholtz Association.