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Kaunas University of Technology (KTU)

kaunasKaunas University of Technology (KTU) is the largest technical university in the Baltic States and the second largest institution of higher education of Lithuania. It contains 11 faculties, 11 research institutes and 5 research centres. Over 18,000 students are enrolled in studies including 500 Ph.D. students. The academic staff consists of 1200 members. The Department of Organic Technology – Kaunas University of Technology (DOT-KTU) was established in 1922. It has 34 research staff members (23 full time members and 11 PhD students) and is one of the most active research departments of Kaunas University of Technology. Since 2009, DOT-KTU staff published 74 research articles that are listed in the ISI Web of Knowledge database.

At present DOT-KTU’s research interests focus on the synthesis and study of organic semiconductors; cationic (photo)polymerization of cyclic and vinyl ethers; chemical and physical modification of cellulose and other biopolymers; investigation of polyelectrolyte complexes and their application in environmental protection. DOT-KTU’s research facilities include gel permeation chromatography system (Malvern-Viscotec), luminescence spectrometer LS55 (Perkin Elmer), UV-Vis spectrometer Lambda 35 (Perkin Elmer), potentiostat-galvanostat μAutolabIII (Metrohm Autolab), FTIR spectrometer Spectrum GX (Perkin Elmer), HPLC system (Shimadzu), automated flash chromatography system The Reveleris® (Grace), viskosimeter Rheotec IIC, Olympus BX41 polarizing microscope with Linkam LTS420 heating plate, atomic absorption spectrometer, thermogravimetric analyzer TGA 4000 (Perkin Elmer). DOT-KTU has access to nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (Varian Unity Inova, 300 MHz) and to the unique self made equipment for characterisation of organic semiconductors, i.e. time-of-flight charge mobility measurement setup.
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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

upc UPC is recognized worldwide for its results in basic and applied research. UPC is a leading institution in innovation, research and technical development. The Micro and Nano Technologies research group (MNT) is formed by faculty members, researchers, Ph.D. students and technical personnel conducting research in order to understand how advanced devices work and how they can be improved. The MNT's staff share research facilities with institutions where micro and nano technologies, specialized measuring equipment and simulation and modeling tools are available. The facilities include a clean room with main silicon processing equipment, material deposition, photo and e-beam lithography, surface and bulk micromachining. The MNT also has long-standing agreements with other technology service providers and research institutions in order to enlarge the available technology base and to enable more ambitious goals to be undertaken by its research projects. The MNT annual research expenditures are funded primarily by the public research agencies at Spanish and European Union levels. The MNT faculty also maintains relationships with the industry which lead to fruitful research partnerships, and have been closely involved with Technology Transfer efforts.

The research activities of the Micro and Nanotechnologies Group (MNT) are mainly focused on the fabrication of photovoltaic devices, covering from inorganic crystalline silicon solar cells (20.5 % efficiency) to organic solar cells. The Group have also strong background in the fabrication of field-effect structures (organic thin-film tarnsistors). In organic solar cells the research is focussed on the fabrication of p-i-n structures based on small-molecules semiconductors.
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Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven)

leuven KULeuven has world class expertise in development of new effective methods of synthesis of organic materials including organic semiconductors. The University has state-of-the-art equipment for the synthesis and characterization of organic compounds including Bruker Avance 600 NMR spectrometer, LCQ Advantage system for LC-MS and direct injections coupled to an ELSD detector, Waters 600 HPLC system: quaternary gradient pump, PDA detector, UV reactor (250, 300, 350 nm), Parr hydrogenation systems, steel pressure reactors.

KULeuven is an academic institution that is both active in higher learning (bachelor-master-PhD degrees) as in top international research. The University is one of the largest employers in the region, with 17.880 staff members and it has more than 30.000 students. The Department of Chemistry educates more than 2000 students, has 30 professors and participates in a number of centers of excellence. The Department of Chemistry belongs to the Excellence Group CHE-ranking 2010. The Department of Chemistry has four divisions: Biochemistry, Molecular and Structural Biology; Quantum Chemistry and Physical Chemistry; Molecular Design and Synthesis; Molecular and Nanomaterials.

The research activities of the Molecular Design and Synthesis group are:
- Supramolecular chemistry, focussing on crown ethers, porphyrins and calixarenes;
- Molecular recognition of anions and neutral compounds;
- Chemistry of five-membered heterocyclic compounds with medicinal relevance;
- Fused five-and six-membered heterocycles, inter- and intramolecular cycloadditions;
- Synthesis of organic conjugated molecules;
- Synthesis of dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers.
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Université de Cergy-Pontoise (UCP-LLPI)

cergy UCP-LPPI is one of the world leaders in the elaboration and study of electrochromic devices based on interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) and electroactive low-molar-mass materials for electronic organic application such as OPV. UCP-LPPI laboratory conducts theoretical studies in parallel with the experimental ones. The LPPI platform consists in a complete system for the synthesis and characterization of conducting materials, etc. profilometer, AFM microscopy with TUNA module, confocal microscopy. The UCP-LPPI is equipped also with a complete set of electrochemical stations: potentiostats/galvanostats, ionic conductivity measurement, low current measurement (electroanalytical chemistry). The laboratory also has equipment for characterization and elaboration of OPV devices with (i) a solar simulator allowing the determination of the I-V characteristics of the devices under AM1.5 illumination and (ii) an evaporator for metallic coating. UCP-LPPI laboratory has unlimited access to a powerful computing centre.

UCP-LPPI, founded in 1991, is a state university and a leading centre of teaching and research, which welcomes 14 675 students and 1 977 international students interested in studying abroad. The university is located in the west of Paris (30 kms from central Paris), in the Val-d’Oise department. The university offers all levels of graduate and postgraduate studies. 160 bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees are available in a wide range of fields: law, economy and management, languages, literature and social sciences, and science and technology. UCP contains 22 research teams, 8 of which are associated with the CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research), 248 partnerships with foreign universities, and 14% of foreign students, representing 94 nationalities.
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Technische Universität Dresden (TU-Dresden)

dresdenTU-Dresden has outstanding achievements in the development of OLEDs and low-molar-mass OPV devices with state-of-the-art efficiencies. One of key topics of the group is the investigation of the controlled doping of organic thin films and the impact of the doping on the properties of OLED and of low-molecular organic bulk heterojunction solar cells. To explore the structure and dynamics of the excited states, TU-Dresden applies a wide range of spectroscopic techniques and develops microscopic exciton models.

TU-Dresden (The Institut für Angewandte Photophysik) is one of the leading research institution working on the basic and applied research of organic semiconductors. In the past years, the institute has realized a number of innovations in organic devices. The TU-Dresden's expertise covers the whole range from the synthesis of small molecules to the preparation and characterisation of optoelectronic devices. This includes the investigation of the molecular properties of novel materials in solution as well as in thin films obtained by thermal evaporation in vacuum. The University's core competence is the doping of deposited layers during processing, leading to p- or n-type doped layers. This is realized by the simultaneous deposition of host molecules and molecular dopants as guests. The doping technology, developed and improved at TU-Dresden within the last years, leads to the creation of highly efficient devices. The co-evaporation technology is used by several spin off companies like Novaled AG, Creaphys GmbH and Heliatek GmbH leading to the world’s most efficient organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and organic solar cells (OSC). Currently, TU-Dresden is working on the development of high efficiency OLED for RGB display applications, as well as for a new generation of white lighting sources. Besides this, strong efforts are put into the development of organic solar cells, as an alternative to conventional silicon-based solar cells. New device structures and materials are the key to significantly increased power conversion efficiency. Furthermore, the development of novel electronic devices, such as an organic memory, is under investigation. The basis of this applied research is basic science, which is covered by TU-Dresden in parallel. Here TU-Dresden focusses on the fundamental understanding of small molecule organic thin films and devices prepared by evaporation. X-ray diffraction and several microscopy techniques are used to gain knowledge of the charge and exciton transport in organic materials and the dependence to the layer morphology. Optical spectroscopy, such as ultrafast laser spectroscopy, is used to understand the physics of organic semiconductors. Here the aim is to understand the microscopic nature of the excited states that are generated after photon absorption (OSC) or by charge recombination (OLED). This includes the relaxation and the energy transfer processes of excitons, as well as the interaction with strongly enhanced electromagnetic fields inside microcavities. Meanwhile five start-up companies are based on the successful activities at TU-Dresden.
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Novaled AG

novaled Novaled is a leading company in the field of OLEDs which is one of the most promising technologies in the next generation of flat panel displays and light generating devices. Novaled is helping display and lighting manufacturers make their products happen with highest performances on a commercial scale. This assistance comes in a range of services stretching from close technical cooperation during all development phases to material deliveries and technical licensing for mass production including technology transfer packages, training, licensing, engineering support, OLED materials, R&D contracting.

Novaled specializes in high efficiency long lifetime OLED structures and is an expert in organic electronics. The company is known for its Novaled PIN OLED® technology, its proprietary OLED materials and the customized OLED products and services. Novaled has developed long term partnerships with major OLED producers throughout the world. Novaled Organic Electronic Expertise includes materials and technologies for Organic Photovoltaic and Organic Circuitry. Based on more than 400 patents granted or pending, Novaled has a strong IP position in the field of OLED technology, and was named No. 1 in a list of ‘up and coming’ world market leaders by the German newspapers Handelsblatt and Wirtschaftswoche. Its main investors include eCAPITAL, Crédit Agricole Private Equity, TechnoStart, TechFund and CDC Innovation.
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