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AG, Dusseldorf, and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe
(Karlsruhe Research Center) are together developing
technologies for the future. Over the next 30 months
they will be working together on new types of functional
materials for printable electronics based on semiconducting
nanoparticles. Concluded recently, the research cooperation
has a volume of 2 million euros, with each partner
contributing a half of this sum.
"We intend to use this strategic alliance to start exploiting the market opportunities
of tomorrow right now." The Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is a solid partner that
provides an excellent complement to our own extensive expertise in nanotechnology",
says Dr. Alfred Oberholz, Member of Degussa's Board of Management responsible
for research and development.
"The conclusion of a contract with Degussa shows that a collaboration with industry
does not have to wait until the fruits of research are available, but can actually
begin at an earlier stage, while the basic research is still being conducted”,
Prof. Dr. Manfred Popp, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Forschungszentrum
Karlsruhe, is pleased to note.
The 140 employees of the Institute for Nanotechnology in the Forschungszentrum
Karlsruhe possess unique skills in the field of nanostructured materials and
electron transport through nanoscale systems. Degussa has extensive know-how
in researching and developing nanomaterials, and has invested around 100 million
euros in this area over the past four years. The specialty chemicals group enjoys
a worldwide leading position in this field through its internal start-up "Degussa
Advanced Nanomaterials”. The latest showcase for its research is the Science
to Business Center Nanotronics, where Degussa develops innovative system solutions
for the electronics industry which are based on nanomaterials.
The scientists from Degussa and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe are working together
with the aim of developing nanoparticle systems. These systems will enable electronic
components to be printed for uses ranging from affordable electronic applications
through to disposable electronic products. One example are radio tags for goods
in the supermarket which display the price and sell-by date. The goal is to develop
a technology that will enable manufacturers to produce radio tags - so-called
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips - that are not based on microchip
technology. Instead, the tags will be printed, a much more affordable method
involving fewer processing stages.
"We are seeking to combine the good printing capabilities of organic materials
with the outstanding electrical properties of anorganic semiconductors", comments
Dr. Roland Schmechel, head of the new joint working group composed of 10 scientists
at the Institute for Nanotechnology at the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe. "That
would represent a revolution in electronics".
Affordable mass printing processes in sight
The vision of printable electronics has as its goal the manufacture of electronic
switches using affordable mass printing processes. There is a huge economic potential
for electronic components which can be produced within seconds on a printer,
instead of the weeks it currently takes to manufacture them. Experts estimate
the market volume will total around 30 billion euros in 2015.
The close collaboration between Degussa and the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is
based on a long-established partnership in the NanoMat network, where 25 members
from research and industry pool their expertise into the area of nanomaterials
( www.nanomat.de ).
The Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is a member of the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft,
Germany's largest research organization, which has 15 research facilities and
an annual budget of around 2.1 billion euros. The Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft's 24,000
employees carry out research in the fields of the structure of matter, the earth
and the environment, traffic and space, health, energy and key technologies.
Degussa is the global market leader in specialty chemicals. Our innovative products
and system solutions make an indispensable contribution to our customers' success,
which we sum up by our claim "creating essentials". In fiscal 2004 Degussa's
45,000 employees worldwide generated sales of 11.2 billion euros and operating
profits (EBIT) of 965 million euros.
For more information about Degussa's activities in the area of printable electronics,
please go to http://www.degussa.de/en/products/archive.html