The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is known worlwide as one of the largest German organizations for contractual applied research, resulting in high exploitation-oriented activities. The Fraunhofer Institut Angewandte Polymerforschung (FhG-IAP) use their knowledge in materials, processes, technology, and design to strengthen their position on the market as well as to offer new scientific/technical approaches to the European Industry. This will allow them to significantly strengthen their position in competition with the US and Asian markets.
FhG-IAP is a research institute with the focus on applied research in the field of polymers. One central topic of the research at FhG-IAP is the development of functional polymer materials and processing procedures for optical and electronically technologies. FhG-IAP has the interdisciplinary experience in the responded fields starting from the polymer synthesis, characterization, processing to device physics. The FhG-IAP undertakes research and development in chemistry, physics and material science of polymers. The IAP works in strong collaboration with the University of Potsdam, the MPI for Colloidal and Interface Science, universities and research institutes located in Berlin. The main focus of the Polymer and Electronics department at the FhG-IAP is the development of active polymer or oligomer materials for new organic based electronic components. Therefore much experience is available in the application of several polymerization techniques like polycondensation, polyaddition, ionic and radical polymerization and metal catalyzed C-C-coupling reactions. Special polymer classes were developed in dependence of their application in electronic devices like organic light emitting diodes (OLED), organic field effect transistors, or organic photovoltaics, starting from the synthesis of various heterocyclic conjugated polymers, as well as, poly-fluorenes, poly-alkylthiophenes, poly-cyclopentadithiophene, poly-benzodithiophene or poly-chinoxalines. FHG-IAP have been involved in several EU projects from the 6th and 7th framework programs and in several national funded projects.
Role in SOLPROCEL:
FHG-IAP acts as leader for WP2 and contributes to WPs. In WP2, FhG-IAP will be in charge of material and formulation development for the photoactive blend system. FhG-IAP will take part in all activities within SOLPROCEL considering the photoactive blend and their characterization. The main objectives in SOLPROCEL are in perfect compliance with the strategy of the FhG-IAP to develop functionalized polymers and processing technologies for advanced displays and electronic devices.
Silvia Janietz, head of the department of “Polymers and Electronics” at the FhG-IAP.