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August 03, 2003— Ottawa, Ontario

NRC scientists in collaboration with researchers from France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) are working towards the creation of a post-silicon world for electronics and data transmission networks. The benefits are faster, flexible and more cost-effective data display and transmission using organic materials and polymers.

The current generation of electronic and telecommunications devices is based on inorganic semiconductor materials, such as silicon, silicon germanium, and gallium arsenide, which require costly, state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. The demands for faster and cheaper delivery of information have led to intense pressures for ever increasing miniaturization. The industry is facing both technological and financial challenges due to nanometer-scale device features and associated quantum phenomena and the spiralling cost of nanometer scale enabled fabrication facilities.

Although the promise of organic semiconductor materials was recognised forty years ago, progress in organic and polymer chemistry and thin film deposition techniques have led us closer to realizing the dream of custom tailored molecules with optimised data handling and transmission properties such as charge transport and electroluminescence. There have already been considerable advances in bringing organic light emitting materials to consumer electronics: organic light emitting devices (OLED) in cell phones and automotive displays. The advantage of organic and polymeric materials for displays is their brightness, wide selection of color, low power consumption and deposition on flexible materials (plastic, thin metal sheet etc). In addition to displays, organic materials find dramatic applications in helping improve the performance of data transmission networks through the creation of organic optoelectronic devices.

The Organic Photonic and Electronic Network (OPEN) addresses the challenges of designing and fabricating efficient organic photonic and electronic devices and integrating these to address future needs of the information and communication technology sector. This NRC-CNRS collaboration brings together expertise in physics and chemistry of materials, laser physics and spectroscopy, condensed matter and optoelectronic device physics. It involves the NRC Institute for Microstructural Sciences (Drs. Ye Tao, Marie D'Iorio), the NRC Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (Dr. Albert Stolow) and the NRC Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology (Drs. Mike Day, Jianfu Ding). Their counterparts from CNRS are: Joseph Zyss (École normale supérieure de Cachan, Institut d'Alembert, Laboratoire de photonique quantique et moléculaire), Hubert Le Bozec (Université de Rennes I; Organo-métalliques et catalyse), Jean-François Nicoud (Université Louis Pasteur, Institut de physique et chimie des matériaux de Strasbourg), Alain Rousseau (École normale supérieure de chimie de Montpellier, hétérochimie moléculaire et macromoléculaire), Chantal Andraud (École normale supérieure de Lyon, Institut de physico-chimie en milieu supercritique) et Jacques Delaire (École normale supérieure de Cachan, Photophysique et Photochimie supramoléculaire et macromoléculaire). The team will address the electronic and optical properties of organic and polymeric materials, their nonlinear properties, and the integration of optical and electronic polymer devices for telecom applications.

The project is made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NRC and CNRS. The original NRC-CNRS agreement was signed in 1971 and renewed in 2001. Under the agreement, both sides provide funding for joint collaborations. The featured project is one of 13 projects involving ten NRC research institutes.

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