BASF and Polyera to co-operate on organic semiconductors -

BASF and Polyera to co-operate on organic semiconductors

LONDON — BASF Future Business GmbH is collaborating Polyera Corp. on the development and commercialisation of new organic semiconductors and dielectrics for use in CMOS analog printed circuits.

The partners intend to develop these materials as well as a printed prototype CMOS circuit within the next three years.

BASF Future Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF Aktiengesellschaft founded in April 2001 to open up business areas with above-average growth rates that lie outside BASF’s current activities.

The company focuses on chemistry-based new materials, technologies and system solutions. BASF Future Business GmbH commissions research from BASF’s R&D units and co-operates with startup companies, industrial partners, universities and potential customers.

“Polyera(has in-depth know-how in the design and synthesis of semiconductors and dielectrics, as well as in transistor physics. This perfectly complements the expertise that BASF has built up in this area by itself as well as through a network of co-operations,” said Dr. Peter Eckerle, project manager at BASF Future Business.

“We are delighted about our cooperation with BASF. In addition to our combined strengths in developing new material systems, BASF’s expertise in scaling up new products quickly and bringing them to market is very important to us. We are confident that our partnership will greatly enable the commercialisation of printed electronics, as lack of superior materials is acknowledged to be one of the major bottlenecks in the industry,” said Philippe Inagaki, Co-Founder of Polyera Corp (Skokie, Illinois). It was established in August 2005 as a start-up from Northwestern University.

In February 2007 BASF AG inked a licensing and joint development agreement with U.S.-based company Rieke Metals with the intension to launch the production of organic semiconductor materials.

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