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Oerlikon has formed a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to strengthen its innovative capabilities, identify areas for research and development, and systematically develop environmentally friendly, nanotechnology-based solutions.

The SAB is led by Prof. Werner Martienssen from the University of Frankfurt am Main, who will provide consultation to Dr. Uwe Kruger, Oerlikon's CEO, and Dr. Andreas Widl, the company's executive vice president of R&D.

"We are now establishing the foundations needed to systemize future successes, such as our thin-film solar technology," says Krüger. "Perhaps in five years, we'll be able to provide clean-tech solutions that have CVD coatings and nano-textile fibers as their basis, or produce photovoltaic elements from organic materials."

The SAB also includes Prof. Albert Pisano, University of California at Berkeley; Prof. Peter Chen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology; Prof. Georg Färber, Technical University Munich; and Prof. Christian Brecher, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule.

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