Innovative solution systems for electronics applications in collaboration with universities and industrial cooperation partners could be developed using a new business concept, called ‘Science to Business’.
It is based on integrating a close network between the fundamental research at the universities and the industrial application and marketing expertise. As it can significantly reduce the time from invention to market-ready product, this approach has clear competitive advantages. For this reason, Degussa AG, Düsseldorf, the world's leader in specialty chemicals, opened its new Science-to-Business Center Nanotronics at the Marl Chemical Park in April 2005.
Scientists from universities and research institutes, from small- and medium-sized enterprises, and from Degussa will all work in close cooperation in the Science-to-Business Center. The Center will also temporarily integrate the employees of universities and research institutes, thereby combining excellent scientific expertise with industrial project management and the infrastructure of an advanced chemical site. Furthermore, the Science-to-Business Center will strengthen practical scientific education, since the acquired know-how will flow directly back to the participating universities and research institutes.
Degussa is focusing on "Nanotronics" for its first Science-to-Business Center, the close interaction between nanotechnology and electronics. The Science-to-Business Center will primarily develop electronic systems and elements whose core components consist of new types of electrically functional nanomaterials and nano-coatings. Some of the fields of application include printable electronics, low cost displays, flexible solar cells and mobile energy systems.