About Establis

Earth receives enough sunlight in one hour to satisfy all human needs in a year. Using solar energy will reduce harmful CO2 emissions and resolve the forthcoming energy deficit. The market for stable, mass-produced Organic Solar Cells is estimated at one billion Euros by 2016.

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ESTABLIS will train a team of 11 PhDs and 4 Postdocs to become the scientific leaders in industry and academia. ESTABLIS Fellows will excel.

Research on organic solar cells

Complementarity is at the heart of Establis. To develop Organic Solar Cells requires a concerted combination of physical, synthetic and modelling capabilities. Establis members are working together–across preconceived scientific boundaries–to accelerate the production of Organic Solar Cells.

Partnerships & collaborations

Our Industrial Partners and Associate Partners ensure that the training and technology is economically feasible.

EU support

The EEC is constructively investing more than 3.9 M€ in Establis to train, research and collaborate at the highest international level and ensure our energy platform for the 21st century.


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Training programmes

The very highest-level training in scientific research, presentation skills, and team-participation will be given to the successful candidates. At the core of Establis is the ideal of cross-science fertilization and interaction. This is all the more important to Organic Solar Cell research, as such devices will only work when all the chemical, electronic and physical parameters come together. This will benefit the consortium and also ensure that when our successful Fellows start to look for work after Establis, they will have valuable and highly sought-after cross-science skills to break down the scientific barriers that can hinder research.

Establis has been organized for each Fellow so that they will finish their training with highly complementary skills across different sciences. Each programme of research has been considered in detail so that complementarity is enhanced by a pragmatic approach. We have seen that this maximizes the chance of publishing high impact papers, of developing a strong CV, and improving chances of finding work post-Establis.

In addition to the highest level combined academic and industrial training, ESTABLIS will deliver a wide range of complementary skills to its Fellows. Extensive workshops are being organized to give our Fellows the very best training in those skills that help in being a leader and in developing a high-level career. For example, entrepreneurial skills, interview techniques, management, project and CV writing are just some of the courses that will be available. While English is the language common to the consortium, local language training will also be given, along with help and advice in developing your career in new environments and across various European countries.

ESTABLIS Workshop Program:

sept. OSC Building & Characterisation Konarka Germany
Dec Osc Photodegradation & stabilisation CNRS-LMPP France
March Material bulk & surface characterisation ILC Slovaquia
June Acoustics : non-destructive testing of material structures IMDEA Spain
Sept. Charge carrier transport in OSCs Laser Center Lithunia
Dec. Industrial rhelogy, applied modelling UPPA France
June Laboratory tech. for polymer chem. & characterisation ASTON U.K.
Sept. Monitoring thermal changes in OSCs JKU Austria

Characterisation of OSCs interface, managing changes

EKUT Germany
June Scientific and public writing, communication skills UPPA France