Semiconductors play an important role in day-to-day life. Their unique optical properties enable us to construct transistors, sensors, diodes, photovoltaic cells and more. These are the critical components that drive our computers, smartphones, televisions, cameras, solid state lighting, solar panels, and ever more frequently our cars and household appliances. The focus of the Sustainable Semiconductor platform is to continuously develop innovative technologies and sustainable solutions to maximize the environmental benefits of semiconductor technology. Topics include increasing device efficiency to reduce power cosumption, extending device lifetime, improving manufacturing efficiency, and increasing usage of sustainable and recyclable materials, all of which minimize creation of waste materials.
SCIENCE has special expertise in technology and patent landscapes in the Solar, Display and Lighting Industries.
Printed and Organic Electronics
Printed Electronics refers to the industry of electronic devices prepared using printing processes. Organic Electronics refers to the industry of electronic devices prepared with organic materials. Printed and Organic Electronics are often grouped together because organic electronic devices are often most effectively fabricated using prining processes. These printing processes could incliude sheet-to-sheet (S2S) and roll-to-roll (R2R) techniques such as inkjet, gravure, flexographic and screen printing. Devices may be lightweight and flexible, with an attractive form factor that opens up unique design possibilities. Printed and Organic Electronic devices are increasingly adopted to develop Sustainable Semiconductors, such as Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and Organic Photovoltaic (OPV) panels. The organic electronic materials in such devices are environmentally friendly and recyclable, while the printing processes are both material and energy efficient. The focus of the Printed and Organic Electronics Platform is to continue to drive forward this emerging industry, developing innovative technologies and sustainable solutions.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IOT) is the ever expanding network of connected devices. The IOT extends connectivity beyong classic devices, such as computers, smartphones, tablets and watches to devices such as vehicles, indusrial apparatus, medical devices, home appliances and energy infrastructure. Embedded with technology, these IOT devices can communicate and interact over the internet, data can be collected, and they can be remotely monitored or controlled. An intrinsic synergy exists between Sustainable Semiconductors, Printed and Organic Electronics and the Internet of Things. The focus of the IOT Platform is to develop novel technologies, where Sustainable Semoconductors and Printed and Organic Electronic devices can be used to expand the IOT to benefit the global environment.