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Organic semiconductors

By Chemical Engineering |

BASF Future Business GmbH (Ludwigshafen, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-536) has entered a licensing and joint-development agreement with Rieke Metals, Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.; edlinks.chemengonline.com/6893-537) and will soon start the industrial-scale production and sales of organic semiconductors (OSCs; polythiophenes). High-purity polythiophenes will be made using a process developed by Rieke Metals. BASF will use existing production facilities in Europe and the U.S., which have the flexibility to increase capacity to meet the growing demand for the printed-electronics industry; BASF projects the market volume to reach several hundred kilograms of OSCs in the next few years, says BASF. The printed-electronics industry uses OSCs to print low-cost, highly flexible integrated circuits for applications such as flexible displays and radio-frequency identification tags (RFIDs) and large-area photovoltaic cells. The market for such applications is expected to rise to €30 billion by 2015, according to independent consultants IDTechEx (Cambridge, England).  
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