With the merger of Fraunhofer COMEDD and Fraunhofer FEP customers and partners can continue working with existing contact persons in all technical areas. Moreover, they can benefit from supplementing of the portfolio and extension in the range of services.
by Elisabetta Brendano
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has decided to merge Fraunhofer COMEDD (Center for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden) and Fraunhofer FEP with an aim to pool knowledge in one institution. Because of that, the research in organic electronics will be carried on under the name COMEDD at Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam, Plasma Technology and COMEDD (short Fraunhofer FEP). “Compared to current FEP’s focus on technologies and processes, COMEDD is concentrating on components and applications”, said Prof. Volker Kirchhoff, Director of the institute. “I’m looking forward for significant advances, especially in the area of barrier films for flexible organic components with COMEDD’s know-how. Also, the OLED-based microdisplays will take advantage of many years of work in the process technology and market relations at Fraunhofer FEP”.
New approaches and research focuses
These are only two starting points out of many that have been talked over internally. Fraunhofer FEP is prominent for its expertise in processes and equipment in electron beam and plasma technology, whereas COMEDD will contribute with its unique know-how in organic semiconductors and device development. The scientists are confident to be able to offer their customers and partners novel developments in the future as a result of combined competences. It is possible to apply successfully the electron beam sterilization developed at FEP on OLED-on-silicon sensors from COMEDD in biomedical applications. Dr. Uwe Vogel, Deputy Director of the institute and the Division Head, “Microdisplays and sensors” emphasizes: “The merger of COMEDD and FEP is a ground-breaking step for future developments and activities of Fraunhofer in Dresden and at the location for organic electronics - Saxony. Through this merger, new approaches and research focuses e.g. in flexible electronics can be handled more efficiently. Earlier joint long-standing projects of FEP and COMEDD with significant achievements, e.g. in the development of roll-to-roll technology for flexible organic lighting, are already a good basis for future cooperation. The employees know each other and are well connected. We, from COMEDD, particularly appreciate open and professional manner of Fraunhofer FEP’s employees in the course of integration”. Customers and partners can continue working with existing contact persons in all technical areas. Moreover, they can benefit from supplementing of the portfolio and extension in the range of services. In connection with the new institute, all concluded contracts and secrecy agreements of FEP or COMEDD remain valid.