ERC Starting Grant

Picture of  Jana Zaumseil

Award year: 2011

Category: Scholarship / Grant

Type: ERC Starting Grant

Awarding organization: Europäischer Forschungsrat (ERC)

The aim of Jana Zaumseil’s research is to improve the brightness and energy efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes. She uses so-called plasmonic nanoantennas, which are tiny particles of gold measuring only around 10 to 100 nanometres in diameter. In the same way that radio antennas amplify radio waves, these nanoantennas should amplify the light waves generated by the light-emitting diodes, thus making them illuminate more brightly. Organic light-emitting diodes can be used in the screens of smartphones and computers or in optical communication circuits.