A SCIENTIST FROM EIT+ ON HIS WAY TO GLOBAL SUCCESS – A REVOLUTION IN ELECTRONICS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
Filip Granek, PhD, and Zbigniew Rozynek, PhD, have developed a technology of ultra-thin lines conducting electricity. This discovery may be beneficial mainly for manufacturers of thin-film solar cells, but also LCDs and touchscreens.
Young Polish scientists are already well-known in the world of science. Filip Granek worked for Fraunhofer ISE in Germany and Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+ where he is still carrying out one of the projects within the LIDER programme. And Zbigniew Rozynek works at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. They published their research results e.g. in a prestigious “Nature” journal.
Their latest project assumes a development of a new transparent conductive layer that can be widely used in electronics, especially in production of liquid crystal displays (LCDs), thin-film solar cells and touchscreens. The invention is supposed to replace indium, the element used in cells and displays as an indium-tin oxide (ITO), used as the so-called transparent electrode. The element, however, has some flaws – it’s expensive and, first of all, loses its features during the process of curving. Thus, it can’t be used in advanced flexible products.
But the scientists managed to develop a method, thanks to which the technology of producing conductive layers will be cheaper and the products more efficient. It will also be possible to put layers on flexible foils. It means that the users will enjoy brighter displays on larger screens and more efficient photovoltaic panels.
The young scientists’ idea has already been invested into by business angel Konrad Pankiewicz (founder of Adv.pl, presently SMT SA) and Platinum Seed investment fund. In order to carry out research, they started a limited liability company (XTPL Sp. z o.o.) and positively verified the technology concept. Now they are beginning the scale-up process and preparing for its commercialisation.
Posted by Agata Kołacz, Posted on 27.02.2016