Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology


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"Harmonization of Advanced Materials Ecosystems serving strategic Innovation Markets to pave the way to a Digital Materials & Product Passport"

Type of action: HORIZON Coordination and Support Actions
Duration: 36 months (1 April 2024 – 31 March 2027)

The overarching objective of DigiPass is to enhance the digital maturity of the European communities that develop materials and intermediate products. The project will develop recommendations and clear routes toward digitalized circular business models. The overarching key result of DigiPass is to create a sustainable platform which includes support for Digital Materials & Product Passport and for collaborative innovation-by-design processes in a circular economy served by advanced materials. A business model for operating such a platform completes the overarching objective.

DigiPass is harmonizing and synergizing collected materials data sources and digital infrastructures. This will enable interoperability of data exchange, and standardization of advanced materials knowledge representation at all maturity levels. Accelerating the design, development, and production of advanced, safe, and sustainable chemicals and materials, as they are necessary for innovative products, calls for a collaborative approach involving different stakeholders to support durability, repair and overhaul, reuse, and recyclability of products. DigiPass project impacts all materials development communities over the whole circular value chain.

"Development of efficient third generation PV materials and devices to enhance the competitiveness of enterprises to the green energy production"

"Flagship actions in interdisciplinary scientific fields with a special focus on the productive fabric", Greece 2.0 – National Recovery and Resilience Fund
Duration: 27 months (2 Aug 2023 – 1 Nov 2025)

The European Union's green growth goal supports the application of new technologies in renewable energy sources with use of non-toxic materials with low environmental impact and low greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve this target, 3GPV-4INDUSTRY brings together top and pioneers in the field of 3rd generation photovoltaic cells Academically laboratories and Research Centers aiming to exploit the so far knowledge and to stimulate further research development of emerging thin film based photovoltaic technologies perovskites, photovoltaics based on organic molecules and polymers as well as their combination in the form of overlapping layers (tandem cells) for the utilization of the results from productive tissue and the creation of new products in the area. the action aims to create a networking environment in research and innovation in the space that will allow its exploitation high of stability, of low environmental impact, of low carbon footprint and high tech flexibility of emerging PV cell technologies third generation. 3GPV-4INDUSTRY seeks to establish and strengthen the partnership between internationally recognized laboratories in the new emerging photovoltaic technologies, providing production and sharing of knowledge, enhancing creativity and the cooperation and its results for the benefit of third parties. I will offers a portfolio of technology evaluation criteria for the creation of performance indicators that will define a technological roadmap for the development of a new type of technology of photovoltaic cells capable of producing higher densities power and with a wider range of applications than traditional PV based on silicon. The challenge to overcome is to bridge the knowledge gaps between different researchers groups focusing on the design of new materials and devices, in the development of new provisions that could potentially be also transparent or have indoor applications and finally in their characterization and in stability studies so as to are counted as new type products. The 3GPV-4INDUSTRY partnership will promote research excellence and contribute to development of the career of young researchers and PhD candidates (following the principles of gender balance) through networking, training, guidance and integration in research partnerships, contributing to the creation of new jobs and the creation of new products which will give impetus to a green growth and low carbon economy.

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"Centre Of Excellence For Organic, Printed Electronics & Nanotechnologies"

Call: HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-ACCESS-01-two-stage
Type of action: HORIZON Coordination and Support Actions
Duration: 72 months (1 May 2023 – 30 April 2029)

COPE-Nano is an ambitious project that will leverage on the internationally acknowledged track record and innovation activities of the Nanotechnology Lab LTFN/AUTh to establish a new, autonomous, and self-sustained Centre of Excellence for Organic, Printed Electronics & Nanotechnologies (COPE-Nano).

This CoE will become a leader in EU in basic, applied and industrial research in the rapidly growing fields of Flexible Printed Organic Electronics (FPEs), Bioelectronics and Advanced Nanomaterials for applications in Green Energy, Electronics, ICT, Medicine and Agriculture. COPE-Nano will enhance scientific and technological capacity of Greece, raising the research profile of the Greek and EU scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs based on close and intensive collaboration, networking and know-how exchange with University of Bordeaux (LCPO & ELORPrintTec), and University of Cambridge (Bioelectronics Laboratory), which are institutions worldwide acknowledged for excellence and leading in FPEs & Nanotechnology.

COPE-Nano is strongly supported by the Greek Government (GSRI) to expand the Nanotechnology Ecosystem of LTFN and turns them into purely growth initiatives and business activities, strengthens and highly impacts the regional, national and EU scientific, technological and economic growth to lead in the Green Energy and Digital transformation priorities.

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"Automated Manufacturing Production Line for Integrated Printed Organic Photovoltaics (Flex2Energy)"

Call: HORIZON-CL5-2022-D3-01
Type of action: HORIZON Innovation Actions
Duration: 48 months (1 January 2023 – 31 December 2026)

Flex2Energy is a 48-month project with an ambitious goal to manufacture reliable Integrated Photovoltaics (IPVs) by developing an Automated R2R (Roll-to-Roll) Manufacturing Line for Organic PVs (OPVs).

The Manufacturing Line consists of the R2R Printing & Automated Assembly Machines, with robust and adaptive in-line metrologies for quality control and Artificial Intelligence (AI) analysis implementing industry 4.0 concepts.

The IPVs will be produced in custom designs complying to the requirements of use in buildings, greenhouses for energy production & crop harvesting and automotive EV car roofs, to minimize landscape and to facilitate energy positive buildings. The IPV products will be installed in dedicated business cases (BIPVs, Agri-PVs, VIPVs) and will be evaluated in terms of performance, durability and social and industrial acceptance.

"Transparent OPVs in urban environment"

"Investments Plans", NSRF (Enterprise Agreement for the Development Framework) 2021-2027-Regional Program for Central Macedonia
Duration: 26 months (27 May 2022 – 26 May 2025)

The main idea of the project is the development of large-scale Τransparent Organic and Printed Photovoltaics (OPVs) with optical transparency in the visible spectrum which will be integrated into building facades in order to utilize Renewable Energy Sources and save Electricity on buildings, contributing drastically in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. The project aims to optimize the large-scale production of Τransparent -OPVs (H-OPVs) with Roll-to-Roll printing techniques, using in-line pulse laser etching techniques of the nano-layers and in-line optical metrology instruments. The improvement of the energy efficiency and critical optical properties such as the optical transparency of OPVs will contribute catalytically to their successful integration on facades and windows of building facilities and to the production of an innovative product that will revolutionize the Buildings and Energy market.

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"Harmonisation of EU-wide nanomechanics protocols and relevant data exchange procedures, across representative cases; standardisation, interoperability, data workflow (nanoMECommons)"

Call: DT- NMBP-35-2020
Type of action: Research and Innovation action (RIA)
Duration: 48 months (1/2/2021-31/01/2025)

NanoMECommons will establish a transnational and multidisciplinary research and innovation network to tackle the problem of nanomechanical materials characterisation in multiple industries. The focus of NanoMECommons is to employ innovative nano-scale mechanical testing procedures in real industrial environments, by developing harmonised and widely accepted characterisation methods, with reduced measurement discrepancy, and improved interoperability and traceability of data. To achieve this goal, NanoMECommons will offer protocols for multi-technique, multi-scale characterisations of mechanical properties in a range of industrially relevant sectors, together with novel tools for data sharing and wider applicability across NMBP domain: reference materials, specific ontologies and standardised data documentation.

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"An experimentally-validated multi-scale materials, process and device modelling & design platform enabling non-expert access to open innovation in the Organic and Large Area Electronics Industry (MUSICODE)"

Call: DT-NMBP-11-2020 "Open Innovation Platform for Materials Modelling"
Type of action: Research and Innovation action (RIA)
Duration: 48 months (1/1/2021-31/12/2024)

MUSICODE is an ambitious project which addresses the H2020 Call DT-NMBP-11-2020 "Open Innovation Platform for Materials Modelling" that will develop a novel Open Innovation Materials Modelling Platform to enable the Organic and Large Area Electronics Industry (OLAE) to expediate accurate and knowledgeable business decisions on materials design and processing for optimization of the efficiency and quality of OLAE device manufacture.

This platform will integrate:

  • Material, process and device modelling with workflows spanning the micro-, meso- and macro- scales, validated by expert academic and industry partners.
  • Integrated data management and modelling framework with ontology-based semantic interoperability between scales, solvers, data and workflows, with industry-accepted material and process modelling parameters and protocols, employing graphical user interface tools for workflow design, analysis, optimization and decision making.
  • Plug-ins to Materials Modelling Marketplaces, Open Translation Environment, Business Decision Support Systems, etc. and to High Performance Computing infrastructures for workflow execution. The platform will demonstrate industry user case workflows to optimize OLAE materials selection & design as well as printing and gas-phase manufacturing.

The MUSICODE Business Plan will ensure the platform sustainability, exploitation and industrial adoption beyond the project, with the ambition to become the central Open Innovation Hub for the OLAE industry and evolve as the central paradigm for cross-domain applications.

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"RealNano - In-line and Real-time Nano-characterization technologies for the high yield manufacturing of Flexible Organic Electronics"

H2020 -DT - NMBP -08 - 2019
Coordination of LTFN
36 months (2020-2023)

The main objectives of RealNano are the following:

  • Develop rapid and real-time nanoscale, multi- modal & scale characterization tools/methodologies for OEs
  • Integrate the non-destructive nano-characterization tools in in-line R2R printing and OVPD Pilot to Production Lines
  • Develop characterization protocols and Data Management for interoperability across industries
  • Demonstrate the tools in industrial OE processes for improvement of quality and reliability of products
  • Validation of OE product quality and manufacturability on commercial applications
  • Effective Transfer of results to industry by Open Innovation (Dissemination, Training, Networking/Clustering) and Management

The above can be only addressed by a European approach and a transnational cooperation between excellent entities in characterization/modelling and industrial entities with unique pilot lines. This project will bring together academic, SME and industrial partners with world-class excellence and established track-record in metrology tools and manufacturing.

This project will have a huge impact and will transform the manufacturing processes for Organic Electronics Industry and for other Industries as Thin Films (e.g. functional films, antimicrobial and decoration coatings, barriers), Electronics, Wearables, Energy, Automotive, Transport, Space, Health, etc.

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"FlexFunction2Sustain - Open Innovation Test Beds for nano-enabled surfaces and membranes"

H2020 - DT - NMBP - 03 - 2019
Participation of LTFN
Project Coordinator: Fraunhofer FEP
48 months (2020-2024)

Plastic and paper based flexible materials and films are used in a wide range of daily life products e.g. in packaging, furniture surface finish, consumer electronic devices, architecture or in car windows.
Applications represent well established multi-billion Euro markets. Key Enabling Technologies for a majority of these applications are based on nano-enabled functionalization of the surfaces. Today, Industry faces game-changing, critical challenges for societal acceptance and economic competitiveness: (1) Overcome plastic waste pollution and follow the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy towards the development of sustainable materials; (2) Keep pace with digitisation and get products ready for integration of smart systems and intelligent products. FlexFunction2Sustain will be the first European Initiative to support the Industry in overcoming these challenges through a sustainable Open Innovation Ecosystem. FlexFunction2Sustain will develop dedicated services to boost innovation for nano-functionalised flexible plastic and paper surfaces and membranes and offer those services to users, in particular SMEs, in all 28 EU countries through an independent single entry point (SEP) legal entity with multiple regional front offices. FlexFunction2Sustain connects complementary pilot lines to a set of 9 connected lab-2-fab facilities covering all major nano-surface processing techniques for (flexible) plastic and paper surfaces and membranes. The facilities and novel surface functionality will be demonstrated in six relevant industrial application scenarios. 20 pre-commercial pilot cases will demonstrate the Services of the FlexFunction2Sustain OITB.
The FlexFunction2Sustain OITB is prepared to support the client at any point in the innovation chain from TRL4 to TRL7 with and integrated technological, business development and verification/pre-certification service portfolio that helps the client to progress quickly through the innovation chain. logo

"Development of Efficient, Stable and Pb-Free Perovskite Solar Modules"

Call: SOLAR-ERA.NET Cofund
ID: 20 - NSRF Τ12ΕΡΑ5-00074
Duration: 36 months (1/4/2021-1/4/2024 )

PEROSOLAR project develops highly efficient, stable and ultimately lead (Pb)-free perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and the upscaling production technology with solution based low cost methods, supported by quality control via imaging characterization.
Novel triarylamine based organic hole transport materials (HTMs) will be synthesized and ZnO based electron transport layer (ETL) will be improved. In addition, ZnO:PEI (polyethyleneimine) blends will be applied as an electron transport material (ETM). By this way, the thin film quality, electron transport capability and the hole blocking ability of the layer will be increased, and will enhance both the perovskite device efficiency and stability of the devices.
While lab-scale experiments are being optimized for Pb-free perovskites, mixed Pb-Sn perovskites will be utilized for developing low cost solution processing methods; inkjet printing and slot-die coating for the cell fabrication. After optimization of the printed lab-scale devices, they will be up-scaled for flexible substrates using roll-to-roll (R2R) systems.

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