Posted December 18, 2012 Atlanta, GA
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Researchers at the Georgia Tech Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) were presented the Academic R&D Award at IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA, an industry event held in Santa Clara, Calif. on December 10.
COPE won this award after having discovered a universal technique to reduce the work function of a conductor for organic electronics. Using a polymer modifier containing simple aliphatic amine function groups to reduce the work function in a wide range of conductors, including noble metals such as gold (Au) and silver (Ag), conducting polymers, metal oxides, or graphene, air-stable low-work function electrodes were created. These polymers are inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and compatible with existing roll-to-roll mass production techniques. The method is applicable to organic electronic devices including organic solar cells, organic thin-film transistors, and organic light-emitting diodes.
Established in 2003, COPE is a premier national research and educational resource center that creates flexible organic photonic and electronic materials and devices that serve the information technology, telecommunications, energy, and defense sectors. The Center is currently led by Bernard Kippelen, a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech.
About the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is one of eight schools and departments in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. All ECE undergraduate and graduate programs are in the top 10 of the most recent college rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in the School’s graduate and undergraduate programs, and in the last academic year, 723 degrees were awarded.
Over 110 ECE faculty members are involved in 11 areas of research, education, and commercialization – bioengineering, computer systems and software, digital signal processing, electric power, electromagnetics, electronic design and applications, microsystems, optics and photonics, systems and controls, telecommunications, and VLSI systems and digital design.
About the Georgia Institute of Technology
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Business, and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.