The objective of this research training group (Graduiertenkolleg) is to open new ways for education of graduate students along the innovative topic of printable electronics. The scientific challenge is the demonstration of simple electronic circuits from printable nanoparticulate pastes. The advantages of flexible production of polymers are thus combined with the advantages of silicon technology. This approach opens new applications in the field of low price flexible electronics, e.g. integrated circuits for consumer products, radio frequency tags or flexible and transparent coatings for displays.
The teaching addresses disperse systems for electronics in cooperation with the company Evonik (formerly DEGUSSA). From the very beginning innovative tools for project management will be integrated. Each PhD student will be supervised by two interdisciplinary groups from the university as well as by an expert from Evonik. The curriculum includes lectures exclusively designed for the research training group, which are held by the involved professors and project partners from Evonik.
Furthermore, a variety of special courses are available which cover all technical aspects as well as courses on project management and economics. These are complemented by seminars, summer schools and lectures given by researchers from abroad. The PhD students will spend up to three months at the Science to Business Center Nanotronics of Evonik. In addition, each student will be sent for a few weeks to a laboratory abroad. The research training group is organized along the knowledge chain of printable electronics and may thus contribute to the further structural development of the university.