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The Institute MATERIALS (JOANNEUM RESEARCH) has long-standing experience in managing a wide range of research co-operations, thus enabling the customers to successfully participate in national and international funded research projects. JR offers pilot lines: they feature a high level of added value from concept through simulations to prototype and pilot series production, and contain the essential processes and technologies necessary for a problem. These innovative solutions are carried out using cutting edge technologies and methods combined with state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. The companies are offered the opportunity to participate in new trends (e.g. IoT). Products can be innovated and equipped with new properties (e.g. biocompatibility, low friction, intelligence). Furthermore, existing solutions can be extended by further unique features, which can only be realized with the help/implementation of the offered key enabling technologies.

  • Printed/flexible electronics: printed RFID tags and memories for autonomous intelligent environment by the Internet of Things
  • Electronic and optical functional materials: intelligend and safe packaging of sensitive Products like food and drugs: smart labels for protection, logistics, safety from counterfeiting
  • Robotics / Human machine interaction: electronic skin for industry robots for save cooperation between man and machine
  • Intelligent / sensor-based equipment: active matrix addressing and in-pixel amplification in large area printed sensors; biocompatible transistors as biosensors in lab-on-a-foil sensor; wearable electronics; stretchable circuits for the control of sensors and displays
  • Nanostructured coatings: nanostructured surfaces, foils with decorative, optical, energy-saving, adhesive functions, microfluidic structures
  • Optical fibres: waveguides
  • Lighting: colour mixing, light control (diffractive and refractive optical elements), light coupling and light transmission (e. g. for solid-state lighting, LED)
  • Photodetectors: light guidance in modules and colouring; improved efficiency in photovoltaic modules/technology
  • Optical components & sytems: simulation, design and manufacturing of optimized optical components (diffractive, refracdtive, freeform micro-optics)
  • Laser based applications: laser beam diagnostics; advice in laser processing; process development in the fields of laser welding, laser alloying and (3D) laser cladding
  • Surfaces engineering and coatings: physical deposition methods in high vacuum; laser and plasma-assisted deposition methods (PVD, PLD, PACVD)
  • Additive manufacturing: 3D printing using lasers on metallic components
  • Intelligent seonsor-based equipment: optical sensors and instruments; sensor textiles, nanosensors and nanofibers; Lab-on-Chip technology; biosensors
  • Additive Manufacturing: maskless non-contact digital technologies, contact printing technolgies

3D MEOD – 3D Molded Electro-Optical Device

Project periode: 1 April 2014 – 31 March 2017

Project summary:

In the project 3D-MEOD (3-dimensional molded electro-optical device) a prototype of a modern control console with special functional features was developed. Using roll-to-roll (R2R) nanoimprint lithography, screen printing and pick & place, functional elements such as touch-sensitive surfaces are processed seamlessly as sensor keys with illumination on a carrier foil. This is then laminated, high-pressure formed and back-injected. Foil back injection is the refinement of plastic components by foils with decorative (paint, non-stick layer, structuring) and functional (optical, sensory and electronic) elements.

The 3D-shaped user interface is lightweight, slim and controlled by backlit, pressure-sensitive, seamlessly integrated keys. The operating elements are flexible in use, robust, reliable and easy to clean. Thermodynamic and optical simulations are used for cost- and time-efficient planning of the design and processes. A simulation database serves as a basis for the development of functionalized applications with different shapes and designs.

3D-MEOD was supported by FFG within the framework of the program “Production of the Future”. The project consortium of fourteen project partners was led by JOANNEUM RESEARCH. The complementary know-how of the individual project partners and the findings of several preliminary projects flow into the production of a thin, flexible user interface of the future within the framework of a multi-stage value-added process. The increasing interest in such surfaces, e.g. from the automotive sector, leads one to expect many application possibilities and new product developments in the most diverse areas in the future, which attach importance to a high-quality user interface for humans.

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technologies
  • Advanced Materials
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Micro- and Nanoelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Photonics

Hybrid Electronics and Patterning

The Department focuses on the development of innovative structuring methods enabling large-area fabrication of flexible micro- and nanostructured foils or fully integrated components. The combination of printing (nanoimprint lithography) and structuring (ultra-short pulse laser techniques, electron beam lithography) methods permits the fabrication of innovative sensor systems. In addition, the group works on the development of circuits built of organic transistors and manufactured by innovative processes on flexible substrates, as there are foil, paper, and textile.

Application

• Printed/flexible electronics: printed RFID tags and memories for autonomous intelligent environment by the Internet of Things
• Electronic and optical functional materials: intelligent and safe packaging of sensitive products like food and drugs: smart labels for protection, logistics, safety from counterfeiting
• Robotics / Human machine interaction: electronic skin for industry robots for save cooperation between man and machine
• Intelligent/ sensor-based equipment: active matrix addressing and in-pixel amplification in large area printed sensors; biocompatible transistors as biosensors in lab-on-a-foil sensor; wearable electronics; stretchable circuits for the control of sensors and displays
• Nanostructured coatings: nanostructured surfaces, foils with decorative, optical, energy-saving, adhesive functions, microfluidic structures

 

Light and Optical Technologies

The work of this department focusses on the use of light as a tool in novel technologies for energy-efficient lighting, energy generation (photovoltaics), signal and data transmission, sensor technology and material processing. In addition, the corresponding manufacturing methods are developed and integrated into industrial production processes.

Application

Optical fibres: waveguides
• Lighting: colour mixing, light control (diffractive and refractive optical elements), light coupling and light transmission (e. g. for solid-state lighting, LED)
• Photodetectors: light guidance in modules and colouring; improved efficiency in photovoltaic modules / technology
• Optical components & systems: simulation, design and manufacturing of optimized optical components (diffractive, refractive, freeform micro-optics)

 

Laser and Plasma Processing

In this department processes for the laser processing of materials and the plasma-assisted treatment and coating of surfaces for industrial applications are developed.

Application

• Laser based applications: laser beam diagnostics; advice in laser processing; process development in the fields of laser welding, laser alloying and (3D) laser cladding
• Surfaces engineering and coatings: physical deposition methods in high vacuum; laser and plasma-assisted deposition methods (PVD, PLD, PACVD)
• Additive manufacturing: 3D printing using lasers on metallic components

 

Sensor and Functional Printing

The Department develops chemical and biological sensors and combines them into compact analysis systems for continuously measuring and monitoring chemical (e.g. O2, CO2) or biological substances.

Application

• Intelligent sensor-based equipment: optical sensors and instruments; sensor textiles; nanosensors and nanofibers; Lab-on-Chip technology; biosensors
• Additive Manufacturing: maskless non-contact digital technologies; contact printing technologies

 

 

 

KET:

Biotechnologies

Micro- and nanoelectronics

Nanotechnologies

Photonics

Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Franz-Pichler-Straße 30, 8160 Weiz, Austria
Phone: +43 660 4129554
www.joanneum.at
Contact: DI Daniele Cozzi, MSc
daniele.cozzi@joanneum.at