Printed electronics holds possibilities for applications including printed
organic solar cells, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and
ST. LOUIS, June 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL) announced today that the Company has signed an agreement with Plextronics, Inc., a leading innovator of technology for printed electronics, to distribute its organic semiconductors and conductive inks.
Under the terms of the agreement, Sigma-Aldrich will exclusively distribute research quantities of Plexcore(R) OS organic semiconducting polymers and Plexcore(R) OC organic conductive inks globally through the Aldrich(R) Materials Science initiative of its Research Specialties business. Plextronics will continue to work closely with industry partners to deliver commercial quantities of the materials and focus on development of its Plexcore(R) technology.
Printed electronics -- an emerging industry that takes advantage of printing technology to manufacture electronics devices -- holds many possibilities for new applications including printed organic solar cells, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and flexible displays.
From a technology standpoint, each of these applications requires one
or more conductive layers that can be integrated with organic
semiconductors and other solution-processed materials to form multilayer
electronic devices on a variety of substrates. Plexcore(R) OS is an organic
semiconducting polymer, known chemically as Poly(3-Hexyl Thiophene) (P3HT)
and available in two high-purity (electronics) grades optimized for use in
organic transistors and solar cells. Plexcore(R) OC is a
solution-processable organic conductive ink specifically developed for use
as a charge-transport layer in organic light emitting diodes and solar
cells. Together, the two types of Plexcore(R) materials offer a reliable
technology platform for research in organic electro
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