Monday, January 20, 2014

National University of Singapore and BASF start joint graphene research



The graphs Research Center (GRC) of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and BASF have entered into a collaboration to graphs in devices based on organic electronics such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED) develop. The goal of the collaboration is to couple graphene films with material from organic electronics to produce more efficient and flexible lighting units.

"The motto of the GRC is: Invent the Future. Accordingly, we conduct our activities graph together with the expertise of BASF in the field of organic materials to conduct joint research on the development of new technology approaches. We strive for a future that can be cleanly obtained in the energy efficiently transported and stored to provide a better and healthier life , " says Prof. Antonio Castro Neto, Director of graphene research center and a senior professor at the Department of Physics at the NUS Faculty for Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering.

"Graphene is a fascinating material, both in terms of its electronic properties as well as its mechanical strength. We investigate graphs for many years and are now ready to enter into partnerships with centers of excellence to accelerate application development and complete, "said Dr. Josef R. W√ľnsch, Senior Vice President, Modeling & Formulation Research says at BASF , who also for the technology is responsible incubation in graphene research.

The team from the GRC will take over the synthesis and characterization of graphene films. The researchers have already developed a patent-pending method that ensures the reliable growth and the transfer of high-quality graphene films on various flexible substrates. This enables its use in solar cells, and illuminating elements. BASF develops and electronically active organic materials ready, which can then be installed together with the graphs films into an application.

"Graphene is a very important building block for the future of lighting and energy storage systems with low weight. We expect the cooperation with the GRC that the performance of organic electronics will be significantly improved with the use of graphs, "Dr. Kitty Cha, graphs, researcher says at BASF, which is responsible for the project.

The scientific aspects of cooperation are by Professor Loh Kian Ping , a leading chemist at the GRC and Director of the Institute of Chemistry at the NUS Faculty of Sciences , co-ordinates . The OLED project aims to develop a reliable process that can be transferred with the aid of graphs in OLED applications and pasted.Here, researchers are faced with the challenge of having to work with graphene layers in the atomic scale and to connect efficiently with the organic material. If graphs are successfully integrated into OLED and others, based on organic electronics devices, it makes them cheaper, more flexible and more efficient.

"Graphene, one of the crystalline forms of carbon, was comparatively short time ago, in 2004, discovered.The GRC, which has already been a leader in the graphene research, now established itself as a partner of the industry in order to make up for the graph of a variety of different industries accessible to new applications, "says Irene Cheong, Director of the NUS Industry Liaison Office , which is also the cooperation with BASF has made ​​possible.

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