Vacuum-processing: the route to the roll-to-roll production of organic electronic circuits
The performance of organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) produced in research laboratories is now sufficiently good for their early potential to be attained by their inclusion in commercial products. This presentation will review the progress made using solution-processing approaches to manufacturing and then make the case for vacuum-processing to be the method of choice for large-area roll-to-roll production of organic electronic circuits.
Martin Taylor gained his BSc and PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor. It was here that he also pursued his academic career which included 6 years as Head of the School of Informatics (incorporating the disciplines of Electronic Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics) and 3 years as the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering. In recognition of the international reach of his research work, he was appointed to a Personal Chair of the University of Wales in 1995. On his retirement from this full-time position in 2010, he was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor and is still actively pursuing a full-time research agenda. Throughout his career Professor Taylor has been concerned with the electrical properties of organic dielectric and semiconducting materials in various forms including in LB films and in the last 2 decades in organic MIS devices. His current work is based on a collaboration with Oxford and Manchester Universities developing a vacuum-evaporation approach to the roll-to-roll production of organic circuits. He has published over 170 journal publications and other articles and has won over £8M in research grant funding from various sources. He is a member of the External Advisory Boards for Imperial College’s Plastic Electronic Centre and for the Centre for Innovative Manufacturing for Large Area Electronics based at Cambridge University. He is also an Expert Reviewer for a European Framework 7 project on organic electronics. He has had connections with Brazilian scientists for several decades which have resulted in many exchange visits and publications.