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University of the West of Scotland

High St
ZIP Code
United Kingdom

Company Profile:
Based in Paisley, Sotland, the Thin Film Centre at the University of the West of Scotland is a research based unit, involved in basic and applied research into applications of thin films.

Main activities are in:
Optical Filters
Dye sensitized solar cells
Barrier layers for organic electronics
Black absorbers
Hard, wear protective coatings
Anti-corrosion coatings

Thin Films

What we offer:
TFC specialises in Thin film deposition and characterisation techniques.
Development scale facilities exist for the main vacuum deposition techniques, including sputtering, plasma-enhanced electron beam and plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition.
For example we can coat up to 2.5 m of polymer or 16 x 150mm wafers in our reactive sputtering system.
In the solar energy area, we are currently developing:
1) high surface area metal oxides and novel dyes for dye-sensitized solar cells.
2) Optical coatings, including black absorbers for solar thermal.
3) Hard, protective coatings


What are we looking for:
We seek partners for research and development projects in any area of thin film coatings and thin film based solar cells.
Main areas of interest would be EU funded projects.

Thematic Focus:
  • Photovoltaic
    • Modules
      • Thin-film
    • Solar Cells, Wafers
    • Organic Photovoltaic
  • Solar Thermal
    • Absorbers, Coatings
    • Collectors
  • Applications
    • On roof systems

Cooperation Interest:
  • Technology & Business Cooperation
    • Technical cooperation
  • Research Projects
    • EU research projects
    • National and regional research programmes
  • Financing & Funding
    • Funding EU/ National programmes (e.g. NCP, DBU, Innovationsberatungsstellen...)
    • International financing support (e.g. EIB..)

Co-operation interest with the following countries:
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • South Korea


Prof Frank Placido

Director, Thin Film Centre

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