German Future Prize Winners

German Future Prize Winners

Author: ChemViews/Pictures: Deutscher Zukunftspreis

Professor Karl Leo, Technical University of Dresden, Germany, Dr. Martin Pfeiffer, Heliatek GmbH, Dresden, and Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth, Novaled AG, Dresden, (pictured, left to right) have won the German Future Prize of the Federal President for Technology and Innovation. The prize awards projects which not only are of high scientific value, but which have concrete applications and are mature for commercial markets. It is one of the most prestigious awards for science and innovation in Germany with a prize of 250,000 EUR. The award was presented by Federal President Christian Wulff at an award ceremony in Berlin, Germany.

The team received the prize for their project “Organic Electronics — More Light and Energy from Thin Layers of Molecules”. By doping organic semiconductors to improve their conductivity, this team has been able to lower the operating voltage of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) by more than a factor of two and improve the absorber material in organic solar cells to give considerably improved efficiency for both applications. The materials can also be deposited on flexible substrates, which opens up completely new application possibilities.

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