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Roth & Rau MicroSystems joins Holst Centre research on barriers for flexible electronics
 Roth & Rau Microsystems' Roll-to-Roll PECVD line, similar to the one that will be installed at Holst Centre for the research on barriers for flexible electronics.
 Large-area white OLED lighting tile developed within the Holst Centre shared research programs.

Leading plasma technology provider Roth & Rau MicroSystems and Holst Centre, an open-innovation initiative by imec (B) and TNO (NL), announce their partnership on the development of barriers for flexible electronics such as OLED and OPV. In addition to the expertise of other Holst Centre partners, Roth & Rau MicroSystems will specifically look at Roll-to-Roll deposition tools for barrier layers. By strengthening the eco-system around its shared research roadmaps, Holst Centre aims to maintain a leading position in the R&D on a.o. flexible OLED lighting and signage.

For flexible electronics to make the transition from lab to market, finding a good moisture barrier and encapsulation technology is key. Taken into account the low-cost production aspect, candidate technologies must be compatible with Roll-to-Roll manufacturing processes. Holst Centre's business model allows academic and industrial players from across the value chain to jointly explore the common challenges and road to market.

The partnership between Holst Centre and Roth & Rau Microsystems encompasses the joint development and installation of a Roll-to-Roll PECVD deposition tool. This will be installed alongside the existing Roll-to-Roll facilities of Holst Centre at High Tech Campus in Eindhoven. The tool will be a valuable asset in the programs investigating technologies that target applications such as flexible OLED lighting and Organic Solar Cells (OPV).

Ton van Mol, Program Manager Barriers and Electrodes at Holst Centre: "We are proud to add Roth & Rau Microsystems as a leading equipment supplier to our existing partner network of materials suppliers, equipment developers and end users. Over the past years we have demonstrated world leading results in barrier technologies for flexible electronics. This partnership will help us speeding up their road to market."

"For Roth & Rau MicroSystems this partnership is a huge potential to expand existing and industry proven large area coating technologies into lighting applications. We start in this joined development based on existing modular system components and barrier technologies developed on batch process systems." said Michael Zeuner CEO of Roth & Rau MicroSystems.

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Publish Date: 2010/10/21

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