University of Cologne opens COPT.ZENTRUM for organic electronics
Recently, the University of Cologne has celebrated the official opening of the new COPT.ZENTRUM for organic electronics with representatives from the provincial government and industry. For the university, COPT.ZENTRUM will serve as a central building block of its technology transfer strategy, which is a main task of the institution besides research and training. At the same time, the centre is part of the regional initiative “Organic Electronics” in North Rhine Westphalia. The construction, which is worth €9.35M, was subsidised by the provincial government and the European Union.
The COPT.ZENTRUM offers 1000m2 of lab and office space for small and medium-sized companies. The future tenants will not only have access to state-of-the-art technological infrastructure, but will also be supported by the institution’s own experts during their work with the highly complex scientific devices. In this way, the tenants can progress with their solutions and applications for printed electronics in an innovative environment. In the next few months, the first users will move into the building.
“The building will provide a space for ideas and current challenges from science and economy. We will experience open-innovation here,” explains Prof Klaus Meerholz, commissioner for organic electronics at the University of Cologne.