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Ossila’s bench-side system for rapid testing of organic electronic materials launched globally

SHEFFIELD, UK. 23rd July 2013.

Ossila Limited today launches its Fast Automated Characterisation of Transistors (FACT) system – a platform for device fabrication and testing of polymers designed to accelerate organic electronics research. The Ossila FACT system was commissioned by researchers working in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, a world leading hub for semiconductor manufacturing.

Organic electronics – such as organic photovoltaics (OPVs), light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and field-effect transistors (OFETs) – use semiconducting polymers which are lighter, more flexible and less expensive than traditional inorganic materials such as silicon. This makes them a desirable alternative for current devices and paves the way for the next generation of applications such as flexible displays, large-area lighting, low cost solar energy and intelligent textiles.

Ossila’s technology assists materials scientists and chemists at the early stages of discovering and developing the polymers which are ultimately intended for use in these types of devices. Researchers can now simply apply their polymer onto pre-fabricated test chips and run these through the system to measure electronic properties such as the mobility within minutes. The simplicity of the testing platform increases the accessibility of this type of research potentially allowing more groups to enter the organic electronics materials market, estimated to be worth $55 billion by 20201.

The researchers who commissioned the project were granted exclusive use of the apparatus for six months prior to this global launch. Commenting on the system, Dr Horie of National Tsing Hua University said

“Despite being synthetic chemists, following Ossila’s simple procedure we are now quickly testing OFET mobility of our newly synthesised conjugated polymers without the need for vacuum evaporation. The automated measurement system has user-friendly parameter settings and we have found the whole technique to be very reliable and efficient."

Dr James Kingsley, Managing Director of Ossila Limited, commented: "The potential of this system to revolutionise research into organic semiconductors is extremely exciting. Until now, testing materials has been slow and difficult, but this system is designed to make it as easy and routine as other techniques such as UV/VIS spectroscopy. Allowing every scientist to be able to measure the mobility of the materials they produce in their own lab in real time will dramatically improve efficiency removing a major bottleneck to advances in the field."

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