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Veni, vidi, vici!

Rather like the famous Roman emperor, the Department of Organic Technology at Kaunas University of Technology (DOT-KTU) has conquered with their aptly-named EU project proposal CEOSeR.

In early 2012, DOT-KTU submitted the ambitious CEOSeR proposal to the EU's seventh framework programme (FP7) for research, to establish a Centre of Excellence in Organic Semiconductor Research. The competition to win funds from this European wide programme is extremely fierce and the success rate often below 10%.

Nevertheless, DOT-KTU triumphed with CEOSeR coming first - with a perfect score of 15/15 - out of 287 ranked proposals. The project's €2.8m grant funding represents the largest individual grant won under FP7 by Kaunas University of Technology or any other research organisation in Lithuania.

"The EU funds will help us to renew and upgrade our laboratory. We will invest in state-of-the-art equipment - such as new spectrometers and liquid chromatography system - and hire five additional researchers and two innovation support managers," states Prof. Hab. Dr. Juozas Gražulevičius, Head of DOT-KTU and CEOSeR project coordinator.

From a scientific perspective, CEOSeR will enable DOT-KTU to strengthen its research capability in the development of new materials - so-called electroactive low-molar-mass materials as well as polymeric and dendritic materials - for organic large area electronic (OLAE) technology.

OLAE technology is an exciting and fast growing technology. It allows electronic circuits and devices to be produced onto any surface, whether rigid or flexible, and over large areas. It is leading to the creation of new products, such as roll-able electronic display screens, large-area efficient lighting, low-cost solar cells and low-cost radio frequency identification devices. Currently valued at about €1bn, the global market value for OLAE technology is forecast to increase to over €200bn by 2027.

"CEOSeR will allow DOT-KT staff to receive advanced training during twinning visits to five top European research organisations: Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Technische Universitat Dresden and Novaled AG," enthuses Gražulevičius.

However, not only will CEOSeR benefit DOT-KTU, it will also support local manufacturers of solar cells and organic semiconductors in Lithuania and the Baltic Sea Region. During the project, several workshops will be organised with local companies to help develop collaborative research projects.

With the official kick-off meeting with project partners and EU project officer scheduled for the 27th February, Gražulevičius and his colleagues are busy preparing for the project launch. Indeed, the public notices for procuring equipment and recruiting staff have already been published.

"Winning the CEOSeR project has provided a confidence-boosting recognition of our department's research excellence in organic semiconductor research," concludes Gražulevičius, "Now we look forward to working with our twinning partners to successfully implement the project."

For further informaton, please contact:
Prof. Hab. Dr. Juozas Vidas Gražulevičius
FP7 CEOSeR Coordinator
Head of Department of Organic Technology
Kaunas University of Technology
Radvilenu Plentas 19
LT-50254, Kaunas,
Tel. +37037 300193

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