The goal of INREP is to develop and deploy valid and robust alternatives to indium (In) based ransparent conductive electrode materials as electrodes. In-based materials, mainly ITO, are technologically entrenched in the commercial manufacture of components like LEDs (both organic and inorganic), solar cells, touch-screens, so replacing them with In-free transparent conducting
oxides (TCOs) will require holistic approach.
To reach its overall goal, INREP brings together in a multi-disciplinary consortium of industrial and academic partners with the required expertise to conduct a research programme that will result in the creation of TCOs and their deposition technologies with the optimum opto-electrical properties for the economic and safe manufacture of opto-electronic components. The INREP philosophy is to meet this challenge by addressing the value chain issues via an application focused research programme aimed at developing solutions for the targeted applications.
The 36 month, 13 partner Action will produce a complete assessment of the relevant properties of the proposed TCOs, including the impact of deposition technique, and by doing so, devise optimum processes for their application in selected, high value application areas. The selected application areas are organic and inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs), solar cells and touch-screens. The physical properties of interest are transparency, electrical conductivity, work function, texture, and chemical and thermal stability. This Action will also bring innovative deposition equipment closer to an industrial level in order to accelerate the deployment of indiumfree TCOs and achieve cost reduction for large area applications.
The approach will include life cycle assessments of the environmental impact of the developed TCO materials and cost of ownership analyses of their formation technologies over the entire period from application in manufacturing, through component operation into waste management.
13 partners - 7 countries - 30 Researchers and engineers
4 Applications - 5 Physical properties of interest: Transparency, electrical conductivity, work function, texture, chemical stability thermal stability.