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Nanotechnology Lab LTFN (Lab for Thin Films - Nanobiomaterials - Nanosystems - Nanometrology)

Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh)

Coordinator website

http://www.ltfn.gr/

Year Established

1991

Location

University Campus, 54124, Thessaloniki (Greece)

Website

http://www.ltfn.gr/

Social Media

Contact information

Stergios Logothetidis
logot@auth.gr
+30 2310 998174

Contact information

Argiris Laskarakis
alask@physics.auth.gr
+30 2310 998266

Contact information

Foivi Logothetidi
foivlogot@auth.gr
+30 2310 990303

Description

Description

The Nanotechnology Lab LTFN, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is an internationally acknowledged specialist in Organic Electronics–OEs (OPVs, OLEDs, OTFTs, biosensors, etc.), Thin Films & Nanomaterials Technology, vacuum, printing (roll-to-roll, inkjet), OVPD & CVD Pilot Lines, Nanometrology, in-line optical sensing & Nanomedicine.
Nanotechnology Lab LTFN has established the Center of Organic & Printed Electronics (COPE-H) for Research & Manufacturing of OE Devices for Applications in Energy, Displays, Lighting, Electronics, NanoBiomedicine, Smart Textiles, Smart Food Packaging, Greenhouses, etc. The Center acquires an area of 1500 m2 with clean room facilities of 600 m2 and includes state-of-the-art infrastructure and pilot lines (R2R printing, OVPD, CVD, S2S) for the manufacturing of large area OE devices. COPE-H is located in the area of Thermi, in Thessaloniki, close to the airport of the city.


Nanotechnology Lab LTFN coordinates several EU and National Projects, the Hellenic Organic & Printed Electronics Association HOPE-A (www.hope-a.com), and organizes annually the NANOTEXNOLOGY multi-event (www.nanotexnology.com), which combines International Conferences, Summer Schools and Exhibitions on Nanotechnology - Organic Electronics and Nanomedicine.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

H2020 Funded Projects related to the DIH

-CORNET: Multiscle Modelling and Characterization to optimize the Manufacturing processes of Otganic Electronics materials and devices (NMBP-07-2017) http://www.cornet-project.eu/

-SmartLine: Smart In-line metrology and control for boosting the yield and quality of high-volume manufacturing of Organic Electronics (FOF-08-2017)

FP7 Funded Projects related to the DIH

-Smartonics: Development of smart machines, tools and processes for the precision synthesis of nanomaterials with tailored properties for Organic Electronics (NMP.2012.1.4-1) http://www.smartonics.eu/
 
-OLAtronics: Development and Integration of Processes  & Technologies for the production of Organic Large-Area Flexible Electronics (ICT-STREP-216211) http://www.olatronics.eu/ 
 

-GLADIATOR: http://graphene-gladiator.eu/

References to Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3) – Aligned with National Strategy Sectors

-DIH Nanotechnoogy Lab LTFN contributes to the following Smart Specialization Priority Sectors: Energy and its cross-cutting implications, Materials and Construction, Informatics and Telecommunication Services, Health and Pharmaceuticals and Agrifood. 

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN, thus the DIH ecosystem, is a vital member of the European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA), participating in EU funded projects in consortiums with other EFFRA members and attending EFFRA consultation meetings configuring the Association's direction.
 
Furthermore, Nanotechnology Lab LTFN is a member of the European Network of Pilot Production Facilities and Innovation Hubs (EPPN) and of the Organic Electronics Association (OE-A).

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of electrical and optical equipment
  • Other Manufacturing
  • Other markets
  • Financial intermediation

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

Manufacturing of OE Devices and Modules & Integration to innovative Commercial Products

OET is a world leader in manufacturing and technologies for flexible Organic and Printed Electronics (OEs). Its core activities include thin films manufacturing processes and production for OPVs and OLEDs, encapsulation technologies, and unique in-line optical precision metrology and pulsed laser for patterning tools. OET integrates all OEs processes and technologies for the production of OE devices for Energy and lighting in automotive, buildings, wearables, IoT, smart packaging, etc.

LTFN collaborates with OET for the development of novel manufacturing processes using R2R printing techniques (e.g. inkjet, gravure, slot-die), the digital nano-patterning of OE nanomaterials and devices by in-line ultra-fast laser patterning, and for the optimization of the manufacturing processes providing know-how on the in-line optical metrology of the properties and homogeneity of R2R printed OE devices. This contributes to the strengthening of the OETs competences and competitiveness to expand its customer base and market position and to gain a competitive advantage in regional, national, European and global markets.

Organic Electronic Technologies (OET)

Antoni Tritsi 21B, 57001 Thessaloniki, Greece

http://www.oe-technologies.com


Screening/Design/Simulation/Testing of Nanomaterials & Device Concepts (Lab to Large area)

Screening/Design/Simulation/Testing of Nanomaterials (organic, inorganic, hybrid, nanoparticles, films, etc.) and Device Concepts (from Lab to Large area)


Nanomedicine

BL Nanobio­med focuses on the devel­op­ment of novel nan­otech­nolo­gies, man­u­fac­tur­ing processes for the devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive drug elut­ing nano-​systems, nanopar­ti­cles and nanoplat­forms to advance the per­for­mance of implants, the imple­men­ta­tion of nanoscale tech­niques for their thor­ough char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and val­i­da­tion, the tech­nol­ogy licens­ing and tech­nol­ogy transfer.

LTFN collaborates with BL Nanobiomed for the synthesis and biofunctionalization of nanoparticles, nanofibers and nanofilms by unique pilot lines that include 3D ElectroSpraying and Printing Systems in order to support BK Nanobiomed for the development, validation and production of drug elut­ing nanosystems, scaf­folds for drug deliv­ery and tis­sue regeneration, and tis­sue engi­neered implants.

BL Nanobiomed P.C.

145 Vasilisis Olgas, Thessaloniki, Greece

http://bl-nanobiomed.com

 


Test Bed for Multiscale Characterization & Metrology (In-Line, Ex-Situ) for Material, Devices & Product Optimization

Characterization Test Bed for multiscale metrology (In-Line, Ex-Situ) for Material, Devices & Product Optimization that include state-of-the-art optical (Spectroscopic Ellipsometry from the IR to far UV, Raman Spectroscopy, Photoluminescence, Luminescence), electrical (C-V, 4-point, etc.), structural (e.g. XRD, XRR, Contact Angle), Nanomechanical (NanoIndentation, Nanoscratching), Nanotopography (e.g SPM, AFM, SNOM), Barrier (WVTR), XPS-AES-TEM-SEM (Access), and device testing (efficiency by Solar Simulators from lab to large scale, and luminescence for OLEDs) and stability testing for materials and devicesIn-line/Real-Time Metrology Solutions (Optical/Electrical/Interferometric) for Quality Control of Manufacturing Processes and Optimization of materials, devices, and products


Computational & Modeling at Nanoscale & Microscale

Multiscale Computational Modeling from nano- to macro- with the target to understand the growth mechanisms and properties of novel materials, materials behavior and/or nano-device manufacturing processes with the target to enable the reliable large-scale manufacturing of devices and systems.


Ultra-fast Laser Processes for Scribing/Structuring/Ablation of wide range of surfaces

Digital Processing of wide range of surfaces by In-Line Ultra-fast Laser Processes for Scribing/Structuring/Ablation


Encapsulation Concepts of Devices

Novel Encapsulation Concepts of Devices that include OPVs, OLEDs, OTFTs, Sensors, Biosensors, RFIDs, etc, from Small to Large Scale


Access to Industrial End-Users & Networking

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN brings in a business-technology ecosystem with deep partnership opportunities (high-tech companies, universities, research institutes, Exhibitions, Workshops and many more) enabling companies to see and capture the full potential of the latest innovations.

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN founded in 2012 the Hellenic Organic & Printed Electronics Association (HOPE-A) which coordinates industrial and research institutions in Greece in the field of Organic & Printed Electronics and strengthens their goals. HOPE-A has created a worldwide network of more than 1000 entities occupied in OEs through strategic collaborations with Germany, France, Japan and China developing a wide sphere of interactions. HOPE-A organizes Joint Workshops with its international partners, Exhibitions and B2B Meetings bringing business actors close with the scope to create joint ventures.

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN established in 2003 the Research & Innovation Network Nano|Net, a Worldwide Network of more than 570 individual members (~1200 cluster members) structured around four Vertical (Nano(Bio)Medicine, Thin Films & Organic Electronics, Nanomaterials & Nanoengineering, Nano in Energy & Environment) and three Horizontal Clusters (Nanometrology & Tools, Modeling at the Nanoscale, Legal, Ethics & Health Safety Issues). NanoNet organizes Workshops and provides Brokerage services for international collaborations.

GR NanoMed Platform comprises130 Nanomedicine Companies, Institutions and Hospitals in Europe and worldwide promoting collaborations among them and organizing Nanomedicine Workshops.

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN organizes for 15 years NANOTEXNOLOGY – the international multi-event which explores the opportunities in the emerging fields of Nanotechnologies, Organic & Printed Electronics and Nanomedicine. NANOTEXNOLOGY brings together over 2,000 researchers, scientists, engineers, business, technical and policy professionals to promote research and industrial collaborations, identify priorities and strengthen the innovation ecosystem.

NANOTEXNOLOGY comprises the International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies (NN), the International Symposium on Flexible Organic Electronics (ISFOE),the International Workshop on 3D Printing, 3D Bioprinting, Digital & Additive Manufacturing (I3D), the International Summer Schools "N&N, OE & Nanomedicine" (ISSON), the NANOTEXNOLOGY EXPO, a Business Forum, the Matchmaking Event and a plethora of Workshops, Special Sessions and Round Tables.


Education & Skills Development

Knowledge & Training for representatives from Academia, Research and Industry (SME, large industries) to develop digital skills in manufacturing, material and device development, integration, testing. 

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN runs the Postgraduate Programme “Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies” having created 250 Expert Scientists and Innovators in the field. The cutting-edge training provided prepares the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in Nanosciences, Organic Electronics and NanoBioMedicine.

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN organizes annual International Summer Schools which give the opportunity to early-career scientists and engineers to grasp the current trends in the emerging fields of Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies, Organic Electronics and Nanomedicine through lectures from top-class experts, demonstrations of state-of-the-art techniques and tours in laboratory facilities.


Digital Nano- Manufacturing of Organic & Printed Electronics & Photonics by 2 R2R & 1 S2S Pilot-Production Lines

Digital Printing (Gravure, Slot die, Inkjet, Screen), In-line Metrology for Quality Control for Process & Product Optimization, Ultra Fast Laser for Scribing, Novel Encapsulation Solutions. Organic & Printed Electronic and Photonics Devices (OPVs, OLEDs, OTFTs, Sensors, Biosensors, RFIDs, etc), 2D & Functional Materials (optoelectronic, antimicrobial, etc.)


Collaborative Research

Nanotechnology Lab LTFN has coordinated and participated in a plethora of EU and National R&D projects with international key players and several R&I success stories.

Currently Nanotechnology Lab LTFN coordinates two H2020 Projects:

The Factories of the Future Project Smartline which builds on Closed Loop Digital Manufacturing of Organic Electronic Devices (OPVs, OLEDs, PPVs, OTFTs) and Cornet which develops a unique Open Innovation Environment to Optimize OE Materials & Manufacturing Processes by Multiscale Modelling/Characterization.


Development and Fabrication Process of novel Device Concepts (OPVs, OLEDs, (Bio) Sensors, OTFTs) from Lab Scale to Pilot- Production Scale

Development and Fabrication Process of novel Device Concepts (OPVs, OLEDs, (Bio) Sensors, OTFTs) from Lab Scale to Pilot- Production Scale with unique R2R, S2S, CVD and OVPD Pilot Lines equipped with novel in-line metrology for process and product optimization


Manufacturing of OE Devices and Modules & Integration to innovative Commercial Products

Nano- Manufacturing of Novel Devices & Systems that include OPVs, OLEDs, OTFTs, Sensors, Biosensors, RFIDs, etc. and 2D & Functional Materials (optoelectronic, antimicrobial, etc.) for High Impact Applications (Electronics, Energy, Automotive, Wearables, IoT, Buildings, Medicine, Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Circular Economy, Digital Nano- Manufacturing)


Thin Film Technologies & Nanoengineering (4 Pilot Lines)

Thin Film Technologies & Nanoengineering with 4 unique Thin Film Pilot Lines (PVD, UHV, CVD, UBMS) for thin film growth on 2D/3D surfaces. Applications include superhard and tribo-coatings, optical, plasmonic, decorative and biocompatible nanocoatings for a wide range of applications (e.g. cutting-tools, opthalmic lenses, optoelectronics, energy harvesting and medical implants).


Nanomedicine (2 Pilot Lines)

Two unique Pilot Lines for nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and in vitro studies. Facilities include cell culture, coating and 3D electrospraying deposition and printing systems, while a fully equipped chemical laboratory is available for nanoparticles, nanofibers and nanofilms development and biofunctionalization. Design, development, validation and production of drug delivery nanosystems and biomedical devices, smart nanomaterials, nanoporous delivery platforms, scaffolds for tissue regeneration, nanoparticles for in vivo diagnostics, treatment of diseases etc.


Implementation, Screening and Testing of novel polymer nanomaterials for large area fabrication of OE Devices (e.g. OPVs) by R2R Pilot-to-Production Lines

Advent supplies innovative, easy-to-use materials and formulations for next-generation solar cells – products (e.g. Organic PhotoVoltaics -OPVs) which enable their customers to improve cell performance and to save costs in cell manufacturing. Advent focuses on novel materials, formulations and process chemicals for both printing and chemical coating technologies used in solar cell manufacture.

LTFN collaborates with Advent for the implementation of its polymer donor nanomaterials in R2R printing process for the large area fabrication of OPV devices in the unique R2R pilot line at LTFN. Also, LTFN provided testing activities of the materials printability, functionality, performance and stability in combination with other OE nanomaterials. This contributed to the optimization of Advent’s polymer donors in order to ensure high reproducibility and reliability in combination with maximum performance.

Advent Technologies SA

Stadiou Str. 26504 Platani Achaias, Patra – Greece

http://www.advent-energy.com


Integration of Innovative Organic Electronic & Photonic Devices to Electronic Components for Commercial Products

Prisma Electronics designs, develops, and manufactures a wide array of IT, smart-grid and wireless-based systems, and integrated electronic components.

LTFN collaborates with Prisma for the combination and integration of Organic Electronic devices (e.g. Organic Photovoltaics, Organic Light Emitting Diodes) with electronic components, interconnections and circuits (e.g. PCBs) in order to advance their functionality in terms of energy efficiency (by the integration of OPVs) and the visualization of information (by the integration with OLEDs).

Prisma Electronics SA
87 Democratias Avenue, P.C. 68132, Alexandroupolis, Greece

http://www.prisma.gr

 


Thin Film Technologies & Nano-engineering for improvement of commercial products

Union Optic is an innovative leader SME in the ophthalmic lens market and produces ophthalmic lenses that cover all customer ranges (from simple single vision lenses to sophisticated, individual freeform lifestyle progressives).

LTFN collaborated with Union Optic for the improvement of the functionality of its ophthalmic lenses of Union Optic by providing novel nanomaterial concepts and solutions for the custom colouring and the increase of the mechanical resistance (hardness, scratch resistance) of its ophthalmic lenses by the implementation of novel inorganic, plasmonic and hard/scratch resistant coatings by Physical Vapor Deposition Pilot Lines.

UNION OPTIC

19a Tomeas, Sindos Industrial Area, 57022, Thessaloniki, Greece

http://union-optic.com


Concepts for Hardware & Processing for the Manufacturing of Organic Electronic Devices

Compucon develops leading technologies and innovative integrated applications including software and hardware solutions for specialized markets. LTFN provided to Compucon know-how related to the hardware and processing for manufacturing of Organic Photovoltaics in order to extend its capabilities and market base to the fields of Organic Electronics.

COMPUCON S.A.

9th km of Thessaloniki – Thermi, PO Box 60445, PC 57001,Thessaloniki, Greece

http://www.compucon.gr


Organic Electronics & Photonic devices for Wearables

ELVE S.A. is a European group, invested in a variety of projects, as well as in the specialization in the production and sales of uniforms, corporate clothing, accessories and personal protective equipment.

LTFN collaborated with ELVE for the improvement of its clothing products (e.g. uniforms, corporate, protective clothing, etc.) by providing light emitting and signage functionalities by the implementation and integration of flexible Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) for wearables and smart clothing applications.

ELVE S.A.

N. Peramos, Agios Andreas, 64007, Kavala

https://www.elvesa.gr

 

Organization

Organizational form

(part of) Public organization (part of RTO, or university)

Turnover

1.000.000-5.000.000

Number of employees

25-50

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

International

Funding

  • Horizon 2020
  • COSME
  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National basic research funding
  • Regional funding
  • Private funding
  • Partner resources

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals
  • Research organisations

Partners

National Physical Laboratory

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.npl.co.uk


Organic Electronic Technologies

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://oe-technologies.com/


Hellenic Organic & Printed Electronics Association

Partner Type

Industry association

Website

http://www.hope-a.com/


Ministry of Interior (Macedonia-Thrace)

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

http://www.mathra.gr/


University of Surrey

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/


University of Ioannina

Partner Type

University

Website

http://www.uoi.gr/en/


Centro Ricerche FIAT

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.crf.it


Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS

Partner Type

Research & Technology organization

Website

http://www.cnrs.fr/


Granta Design

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.grantadesign.com/


Fluxim

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.fluxim.com/


AIXTRON SE

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.aixtron.com/


SURAGUS GmbH

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.suragus.com/en/


IBS Precision Engineering (IBS)

Partner Type

SME

Website

http://www.ibspe.com/


LayTec

Partner Type

MidCap

Website

https://www.laytec.de/home/

Technological competences

  • Organic and Large Area Electronics (OLAE)
  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Photonics, electronic and optical functional materials
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
Last updated: 13/09/18 12:30