Printed flexible photovoltaics - a pathway to low cost power supply (Printed Electronics Europe 2006)

Dr Christoph J Brabec,
Konarka Austria R&D GmbH, Austria


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Presentation Summary

  • Printing
  • Polymer Photovoltaics
  • Polymer Electronics

Speaker Biography

Christoph J. Brabec is director of the polymer photovoltaics programme at Konarka technologies. Before he and his team joined Konarka, he was project leader at SIEMENS Corporate Technology with strong dedication to organic semiconductor devices. During his PhD (1995) he investigated the rheology of polymer melts with respect to molar mass correlations. In 1996 he joined the group of Prof Alan Heeger at the University of Santa Barbara for a sabbatical, and continued to work on the opto-electronic properties of organic semiconductors later on as assistant professor at the university of Linz (Prof. Sariciftci). In 1998 he became senior scientist of a Christian Doppler Laboratory on organic solar cells which he left in 2001 to join SIEMENS research labs. He is author and co-author of more than 100 papers and filed over 30 patents. He finished his habilitation in physical chemistry at the Johannes Kepler university Linz in 2003.

Company Profile

Konarka builds power plastic that converts light to energy - anywhere. The Company develops and produces lightactivated power plastic that is inexpensive, lightweight, flexible and versatile. This material makes it possible for devices, systems and structures to have their own lowcost embedded sources of renewable power. By integrating energy generation functionality into everyday devices, Konarka allows manufacturers to offer truly wireless applications.
In 2001, Konarka spun out of the University of Massachusetts with licensed technologies from UMASS, the University of California and Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).