Aldrich Materials Science and Agfa Materials have come together with plans to produce and distribute Orgacon conductive polymers, specifically for use in organic photovoltaics, touch screens and printed sensors applications, reports Nanowerk News. Aldrich Materials will manage the global research scale distribution, while Agfa targets larger scale commercial opportunities.
Products produced under the collaboration for printed electronic applications will mainly focus on high conductivity poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT: PSS) materials and formulations. Additionally, the arrangement will complement other material offerings from Aldrich, including its silver inks and pastes so that research can continue in the organic and printed electronic segments.
Four particular Orgacon materials will supplement Aldrich’s PEDOT: PSS portfolio. Two Orgacon materials will consist of raw high-conductive PEDOT: PSS materials that are said to allow researchers the ability to make their own formulations, including a neutral pH version that works with high-tech applications such as polymer tandem solar cell devices. The other two will be formulated high-conductive PEDOT:PSS materials for researchers who desire highly optimized, ready-to-use formulations directly in the application. The materials will be deposited using various methods such as spin coating, drop casting and inkjet printing.
“This agreement is a strategic step forward for both companies, as it will allow the addition of these key performance products to the comprehensive and growing Organic and Printed Electronics portfolio offered by Aldrich Materials Science,” commented Dr. Frank Louwet, Orgacon business manager at Agfa. He further noted, “The availability of these materials in R&D quantities provides researchers worldwide with resources to accelerate application development and commercialization of Orgacon in the emerging fields of printed electronics, OPV and OLED lighting.”
Further information regarding the products to be produced in the collaboration can be found here.