Industry pioneers recognised with Organic Semiconductor Industry Awards

The winners of the inaugural Organic Semiconductor Industry Awards were announced on 26 September at the Organic Electronics Conference (OEC-06) Gala Dinner, in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Organic Semiconductor Industry Awards (OSIA), sponsored by cintelliq and in association with OSA Direct, are open to all organisations operating in the organic semiconductor and organic electronics industry. The 2006 awards were presented by Craig Cruickshank, CEO of cintelliq and chairman of the awards panel, at the OEC-06 Gala Dinner in Frankfurt, 26 September 2006.

Craig Cruickshank said, "The overall quality of this year's award nominations made selecting the final winners a difficult task." He added, "The companies receiving these awards are leading the development of organic semiconductor technology, they are true pioneers helping to set the foundations that will enable a whole range of new and exciting applications based on organic electronics."

The winners, selected by the independent panel of judges, were as follows:

Martin Heeney of Merck receiving the OSIA award from Craig CruickshankResearch & Development Award
Winners: Iain McCulloch and Martin Heeney, Merck KGaA, for the design and synthesis of a new class of high performance organic semiconductors polymers.

The judges considered that the research of McCulloch and Heeney stood out from the other, often very strong entrants in this category, because:

  • it overcame the limitation of current semiconducting polymers
  • it caused a stir in both the academic and industry communities
  • it moved the industry one step closer to making products based on organic electronics a reality
  • the materials are very likely to have a significant impact of the development of the industry

Andy Hannah of Plextronics receiving his OSIA award from Craig CruickshankStart-up of the Year Award
Winner: Plextronics Inc

The judges selected Plextronics because the company has shown great technical and commercial progress throughout the past year and has demonstrated the necessary qualities of a good start-up, namely:

  • raising money
  • developing excellent technology
  • finding lead customers
  • having the potential to become a market or technology leader

Peer-Review Paper Award
Tatsuo Hasegawa of CERC-AIST receiving his OSIA award from Craig CruickshankWinner: Tatsuo Hasegawa, CERC-AIST for the paper "Inkjet printing of organic metal electrodes for contact engineering of Organic Field Effect Transistors".

The judges selected Hasegawa's paper from all those submitted to OEC-06 because it:

  • was an original piece of work on organic metal electrodes
  • described a novel direction to take for source/drain contacts

Cruickshank said, "cintelliq recognised that the Organic Semiconductor Industry is an emerging industry and it is essential to encourage and recognise those organisations and individuals who are helping to lead the way. In future years we hope that these awards will stimulate, as well as reward, innovation, good practice and achievement."

The 2006 judging panel consisted of:

  • Mark Gostick, Liquavista
  • Chris Smart, Acacia Capital Partners
  • Gail Barnes, TetraPak
  • Dickon Pinner, McKinsey & Co
  • Klaus Hecker, Organic Electronics Association (OE-A)
  • Craig Cruickshank, (panel chair), cintelliq and OSA Direct

See OSIA awards for more information, including the shortlisted companies.

5 October 2006