Project details



Project duration
From: 01 February 2013
To: 31 July 2016
Total budget: EUR 3 124 671
EU contribution: EUR 2 792 936

Overall aim
The overall aim of the CEOSeR project is to build the research and innovation capacity at the Department of Organic Technology, Kaunas University of Technology (DOT-KTU), to the highest European level - in novel organic semiconducting materials and OLAE devices - and create a European Centre of Excellence in Organic Semiconductor Research.

The Centre of Excellence will be created by developing DOT-KTU’s existing scientific expertise (34 research staff, which consists of 23 full time members and 11 PhD students) and research facilities and collaborating closely with the following specialist research groups: Universitat Politčcnica de Catalunya (UPC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP-LPPI),Technische Universität Dresden (TU-Dresden) and Novaled AG (Novaled).

CEOSeR will last 42 months and be led by a dedicated team of researchers from DOT-KTU. The Institute has a first class record of R&D in organic semiconductors with DOT-KTU staff having published extensively in international, peer-reviewed journals.

S&T Background and Objectives
World demand for energy is projected to more than double by 2050 and to more than triple by the end of the century. Incremental improvements in existing energy networks will not be adequate to supply this demand in a sustainable way. Finding sufficient supplies of clean energy for the future is one of society’s most daunting challenges.

In this context, organic (opto)electronics is considered one of the most prospective technologies for saving energy. During the past 20 years, the number of publications about organic (opto)electronics has grown exponentially thus showing the increasing interest of researchers. Recent advances in organic optoelectronic and electronic devices - such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs), and organic field effect transistors (OTFTs) - are driving the demand for new generation organic electroactive materials. However, further advances of these technologies rely substantially on the development of high-performance organic electroactive materials and an increased understanding of their chemical structure - property relationships. These important R&D needs have strongly influenced the two research topics chosen to focus on in this CEOSeR project:

   > Research Topic A: Electroactive low-molar-mass materials for OLAE technologies;
    »A1: Electroactive molecular glasses for OLED and OPV applications; and
    »A2: Low-molar-mass materials with increased molecular order and high charge mobilities for OFET
   > Research Topic B: Polymeric and dendritic materials for OLAE technologies
    »B1: Chargetransporting polymers and dendrimers for OPV and OFET applications; and
    »B2: Photo-cross-linkable electroactive systems for OLED applications.

In order to expand the research capacity of DOT-KTU in organic semiconductor research, the CEOSeR project will build upon the potential of the existing team’s wide experience: from synthetic organic chemistry and materials characterization through to organic thin film processing and devices.

Via the CEOSeR project, the DOT-KTU researchers will gain “know-how” and experience in specific areas which include synthesis of new electroactive functional materials; preparation and manipulation of materials into different condensed phases; characterization of their properties; investigation of charge transport mechanisms and correlation with the molecular structures and morphology; and application of the developed materials in optoelectronics.

In order for DOT-KTU to achieve the overall aim of establishing a European Centre of Excellence in Organic Semiconductor Research, the CEOSeR project is divided into sub-objectives, which are the following:

   - Develop DOT-KTU’s Strategic Research Partnerships,
   - Increase DOT-KTU’s Human Potential, Technology Potential, Scientific Visibility, Innovation Potential; and
   - Ensure DOT-KTU’s Research Quality and Capability.

(REGPOT-2012-2013-1 REGPOT-2012-2013-1 ICT) UNDER GRANT AGREEMENT NO. 316010
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