Coherent and Holst Centre have agreed to collaborate in the field of flexible electronics, including organic photovoltaics. The laser company will support the Dutch centre’s strategy to expand its current program on integration technologies for flexible-foil processing systems.
The cooperation between the two organizations will encompass the installation of a short-pulse (picosecond) laser source in the electronic foils process equipment to be used for high-precision, low-defect laser ablation of ultrathin layers in the sheet-to-sheet production of OPV and organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs).
Since the laser can adapt to short processing times, this allows the transition toward roll-to-roll at a later stage in the collaboration, which is important for low-cost production, according to the partners.
Coherent said it intends to take the results of the application and use it to expand its knowledge in flexible electronics manufacturing.