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Last update: 17/10/2017

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MAIN IDEA OF THE ORZEL PROJECT

The project focuses on organic electronics, an emerging and promising research field and industrial sector with numerous innovative applications.

Unlike conventional electronics, which are based on the use of inorganic materials such as silicium, organic electronics rely on the use of organic molecules that show conductive properties. The benefit of such conductive organic materials is that, contrary to inorganic conductors, they show interesting mechanical properties and open the possibility of flexible electronics, cheaper production (printed electronics) and storage, higher resistance and less environmental impact (easier recycling, use non-rare materials).

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The overall aim of the project is to boost the scientific excellence and innovation capacity in organic electronics of the Silesian University of Technology (SUT) by creating a network with the high-quality Twinning partners: University of Durham (UDUR), Institute of Nanoscience and Cryogenics, Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (INAC) and Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE). To achieve this aim, the three year project was build upon the existing strong science and innovation base of chosen universities and research institutions.

Objective 1:

Strengthen SUT’s research excellence in organic electronics

Objective 2:

Enhance the research and innovation capacity of SUT and the Twinning partners

Objective 3:

Raise the research profile of SUT and the Twinning Partners

Objective 4:

Contribute to the SMART Specialisation Strategy of the Poland

Objective 5:

Support research and innovation on a European level

Tasks 1: Staff Exchanges

Task 1.1: Staff exchanges with UDUR on “Innovative OLEDs”
The aim of the short term staff exchanges is to provide training, education and knowledge-exchange on the following:

• Time-resolved photoluminescence analysis
• Design of OLED devices
• Formation and characterization of OLED devices
• Scientific background of TADF process.
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process
• Impedance analysis
• Structural design of TADF emitters

Task 1.2: Staff exchanges with INAC on “Advanced characterisation of charge transport in organic electronics”
The aim of the short term staff exchanges is to provide training, education and knowledge-exchange on the following:

• Microscopic analysis
• Structural analysis
• Charge mobility analysis
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process
• Impedance analysis

Task 1.3: Staff exchanges with TUE on “Advances in Organic Solar Cells”
The aim of the short term staff exchanges is to provide training, education and knowledge-exchange on the following:

• Charge carrier decays analysis
• Design of OSC devices
• Formation and characterization of OSC devices
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process
• Impedance analysis

Tasks 2: Training Workshops and Conferences

Task 2.1: Organise training workshops
The training workshops provided in this task will deal with cross-training on the three research sub-topics plus more general innovation skills. Two training workshops will be conducted each year to support the researchers at SUT, UDUR, INAC and TUE. The training workshops will be tailored to the specific needs of the partners and will cover the following topics:

• Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) - “Low turn-on voltage exciplex based optoelectronic devices. Novel application of E-type delayed fluorescence”
• Charge transport in organic electronics - “Advanced characterization of structure and transport properties of organic semiconductors”
• Organic solar cells (OSCs) - “Novel non-fullerene, heavy-metal free acceptors for Organic Solar Cells”
• Innovation management: Creativity, problem-solving, market intelligence and business-plan writing;
• Media relations: Social media promotion, TV/radio presentation skills and English-language tutoring;
• H2020/EU R&D projects: Proposal writing, project management and financial reporting.

Task 2.2: Organise international conference
SUT will apply to host an edition of the international conference WOREN (Workshop on Organic Electronics and Nanophotonics) in 2018. The WOREN conference (3rd edition: http://woren2013.dwrs.eu) provides an interdisciplinary forum for scientists working in the field of molecular and polymeric materials with emphasis on novel phenomena in electronics and nanophotonics. The topics covered by subjected contributions are related to phenomena, materials and devices related to structures consisting of thin (submicron) layers of organic materials. WOREN is held every 18 months and typically attracts 100+ participants.

Task 2.3: Participate in international conferences
SUT, UDUR, INAC and TUE researchers will jointly attend international conferences - such as SPIE Optics + Photonics meeting, International Workshop on Nano and Bio-Photonics, and Internationa Conference on Synthetic Metals - to present research papers related to novel functional nanocomposites. By attending the international conferences, it will enable the partners to network with other research organisations and technology companies as well as learn about the latest scientific developments.

Task 2.4: Organise summer schools
Three summer schools will be organised over the course of the project – one each year – at SUT, UDUR and TUE, respectively. The lectures will be given by experienced researchers and aimed at young researchers (MSc, PhD and Post-docs). The course material will cover the very latest organic electronics research and innovation issues including the following topics.

Innovative OLEDS
• Time-resolved photoluminescence analysis
• Design of OLED devices
• Formation and characterization of OLED devices
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process

Advanced characterisation of charge transport in organic electronics
• Microscopic and structural analysis
• Charge mobility analysis
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process
• Impedance analysis

Advances in OSCs
• Charge carrier decays analysis
• Design of OSC devices
• Formation and characterization of OSC devices
• Electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical process

Tasks 3: Project promotion

Task 3.1: Produce a data management plan
The consortium will produce a detailed data management plan in compliance with the template provided by the EC (Annex I of “Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020”). An initial version will be produced early in the project, which is then updated for the project’s final review.

Task 3.2: Design, implement and maintain a project website
A project website with an open and easy access will be developed, operated and maintained. The website will include the following sections: home, project summary, SUT and Twinning partner profiles, news & events (e.g. forthcoming workshops), training videos, newsletters, links and downloads.

The website will be regularly updated with news and events, training videos, updates to the links section and uploads of documents. The website will be kept active for at least a further 2 years after the project has ended. Google Analytics will be used to collect statistics on the number of pages visited, number of deliverables downloaded, country of the visitors, etc. This data will be periodically reviewed by consortium partners and the website upgraded accordingly.

Task 3.3: Produce promotional materials
Under this task all the material for publicity and promotion will be organised, designed and produced, namely:

• Project leaflet (2 pages, A4 size) and Powerpoint presentation providing overview of the project
• Project poster (A1 size)
• Promotion guide about SUT
• 1-2 newsletters/year over the duration of the project
• Project news will also be distributed through broader scientific news channels e.g. Cordis wire, Alpha Galileo, LinkedIn interest groups, and a maintained project mailing list
• Publication of conference/research papers on results arising from the staff exchanges (see WP1)

The promotional materials (e.g. leaflet, poster and newsletters) will be printed and distributed during relevant European scientific events. These materials will help to raise the awareness of recipients about SUT’s research excellence and innovation capacity. The objective is two-fold: i) initiate contact with European-leading counterparts and develop future cooperation; and ii) attract more followers to the project website.

Task 3.4: Organise outreach activities
The consortium partners will organise a range of different outreach activities.
SUT will schedule press conferences at the start and end of the project and invite regional and national news media (radio, TV and print newspapers).

Three “open days” will be organised over the course of the project – one each year – at SUT, UDUR and TUE respectively. Young students and the general public will be invited to visit the institutes’ laboratories and facilities to learn about their scientific and innovation activities. During the visits, scientific experiments will be demonstrated and engaging lectures given. Also, regional and national news media (radio, TV and print newspapers) will be invited to report on the events.

SUT, UDUR, INAC and TUE will appoint researchers to be “school ambassadors” who will be responsible for visiting 1-2 local schools each year to promote higher education, science and innovation, especially in the field of organic electronics.

Tasks 4: Project management

Task 4.1: Project coordination
The Project Coordinator (SUT) will lead the task of overall project coordination. This will involve the following activities:

• Providing an interface between the European Commission and the consortium to ensure that all project activities follow an integrated approach and the project is implemented according to the grant agreement.
• Chairing the Project Steering Committee meetings and approving meeting minutes.
• Managing the short term staff exchanges (e.g. reviewing, updating and approving each year the staff exchange schedules together with the steering committee).
• Being in charge of the budget administration and allocation between the partners and tasks in accordance with the grant agreement.
• Supporting timely and efficient communication between partners.
• Observing that partners comply with the consortium agreement.
• Maintaining a financial overview of the project based on partners’ regular financial reports.
• Submitting to the European Commission the contractual documents and reports related to the project’s administrative, financial, and scientific progress, based on reports from the partners.
• Providing timely and efficient legal and contractual coordination of the project and grant amendments when necessary.
• Being chief spokesperson for the project and participating in dissemination and outreach events.

Task 4.2: Managing administrative matters
SUT will lead this task which will involve the following activities:

• Supervising administrative and financial matters of the project.
• Supporting the preparation and observance of the consortium agreement.
• Monitoring timely compliance by the partners with their task obligations and deliverables.
• Tracking partners’ consumption of person-months and budget in order to manage efficiently the resources allocated to the project.
• Supervising partners with the correct preparation and submission of cost statements.
• Distributing project payments to partners.
• Preparing the agenda for steering committee meetings, drafting meeting minutes, and producing and monitoring action item lists.
• Preparing possible grant amendments.