Research area: Materials of the Future
The research area includes conceptual analysis and experimental research, focused on obtaining new materials with desired properties, with particular focus on the perspective of their technological applications. The main goal of the development of advanced materials is to increase the comfort and quality of life of people, solve the biggest civilization problems related to the deficit of energy, water, food and climate change and limit the negative effects of technological development.
In this research area, scientists from the Silesian University of Technology conduct research in many areas important for the development of science in the Silesia region, the country and the world.
Materials for Organic Electronics
Silesian University of Technology scientists have extensive experience in the synthesis of conjugated polymers and low molecular weight conjugated compounds, physicochemical characteristics of polymers, oligomers and composite materials that have been developed thanks to the cooperation of prof. Łapkowski with the Nobel laureate prof. Alan Heeger. The group of scientists from the Silesian University of Technology have significant impact into development of Polish science in the field of synthesis and characteristics of new organic materials for optoelectronics and photovoltaics application as well as the formation and characterization of organic electronic devices. In the field of modelling, analysis and production of the organic electronic devices for and in particular Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED), the Silesian University of Technology is a leader in Poland. What's more, in recent years, the Silesian University of Technology has implemented over 20 national projects and coordinated 4 EU projects in the field of organic electronics, placing it as a leader in this field in Poland. Importantly, the scientists from the Silesian University of Technology were the first to develop new exciplex emitters and use them together with thermally activated delayed fluorescence effect in high efficient OLEDs. The successes of Silesian University of Technology scientists in this area allowed for even greater impact on the development of the field through several Horizon 2020 projects, where they established cooperation with renowned research units and companies in this field, such as Ecole Normale Superieure Paris, University of Cambridge, Monash University, Durham University, Osaka University or National Taiwan University. Organic Electronics is at the moment the very top of scientific interest and many companies invest in development in this field (Apple, LG, Samsung). In Poland, the Silesian University of Technology is the only institution operating on a large scale in organic electronics and cooperating with many international companies such as AIXTRON SE, Merck KGaA, Novaled (Samsung), Cynora.
As the future of "Materials of the Future" at the Silesian University of Technology, the scientists plan to use their exciplex developed materials in active organic thin-film transistors and efficient organic thermoelectric generators. The materials of organic electronics are complementary to ultralight materials as flexible and light organic electronics, which will allow creating new innovative solutions and even new innovative markets. The technologies elaborated by the Scientists of the Silesian University of Technology go beyond the currently known science and give great prospects for future impact on global science and trends in materials technologies.