Date: 18-10-2017

Project meetings


Project meeting was held during 1-st Winter School entitled “Advanced characterization of structure and transport properties of organic semiconductors“. The Winter School organized by ORZEL project was held from 30.01.2017 till 01.02.2017 in Szczyrk, Poland. The winter school was devoted to latest achievements in the area of organic electronics presented by top-class researchers.

The main topic of the winter school was “Advanced Characterization of Structure and Transport Properties of Organic Semiconductors”. The topic is in the very important scientific area of Organic Electronics. The field of organic electronics comprises of several areas of materials science concerned with utilising carbon-based materials for conductivity. While the organic conductive material was first discovered in 1862, this material has had several breakthroughs in the past few decades. In 2000, Alan J. Heeger, Alan G. MacDiarmid, and Hideki Shirakawa were awarded the Nobel Prize for their work on conductive polymers during the 1970s, and in the late 1980s, research at Kodak on organic diodes paved the way for further research on the OLEDs.

The main topic of the Winter School was related with organic semiconductor to emphasise the importance of such materials. The Organic Electronics worldwide market is growing rapidly and Europe needs experts possessingcomprehensive knowledge and practical experience in this technology. The most developed OLED technology is used in small devices such as smartphones and tablets but also in high-end TVs and lighting, as OLEDs are still relatively expensive compared to LCD. But with research progressing towards lower cost and longer lifetime, together with a growing trend to use flexible displays in smartphones etc., the OLED market is growing fast. Europe is a huge supplier of the materials for OLED displays, taking into account that electronic market is changing very fast and companies are searching for new cheaper materials, the input of research in this area is needed.

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