Organic and printed electronics relates to emerging electronics beyond silicon technology. In this growing multibillion Euro market, the need for new standards has led to the creation of multiple working groups within various standardisation forums. In order to support companies to find relevant standards and to engage with standardisation activities, NPL, in collaboration with the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials & Standards (VAMAS), has prepared a report that details the current landscape of standardisation efforts in organic and printed electronics.

The fast pace of this growing industry, combined with the flexibility of product design poses a challenge to standardisation. The aim of this report is to provide an overview of the different organisations already engaged in standardisation and pre-standardisation in this area and a brief summary of the activities of these groups. The report, prepared by Dr Fernando Castro (NPL representative on VAMAS as chair of Technical Working Area 36: Organic Electronics), was partially supported by the Framework 7th Programme project TREASORES (FP7 contract number 314068) that aims to develop roll-to-roll manufacturing of large area organic electronics.

The report covers areas such as testing of flexible printed electronic devices, functional/electronic inks (e.g. carbon nanotubes, metal nanoparticles, graphene…), characterisation of organic light emitting diodes (device level and displays), photovoltaics (device level), thin film transistors and barrier layers. It also includes information about how companies can obtain technology verification when no standards exist. A list of current standards and proposed work items within relevant standardisation groups is presented and a heat-map of activities provides a visual guide to the distribution of activities among the different groups.

VAMAS TWA36 Organic Electronics would welcome new members and would appreciate any suggestions of topics for pre-standardisation work. In addition, a measurement protocol developed by NPL might also be of interest to researchers in organic electronics. The protocol Towards reliable charge-mobility benchmark measurements for organic semiconductors is available from this link.

Download a FREE copy of the report from http://www.npl.co.uk/content/ConPublication/6568.
For more information, contact: Fernando Castro fernando.castro@npl.co.uk

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