BMBF funded research project NEMO successfully concludes
10 September 2012

After three years of intensive research in the field of new solution-processible materials for OLEDs (Organic Light-Emitting Diodes),Merck and ten other partners from industry and academia have successfully concluded the “New materials for OLEDs from solutions” (NEMO) project co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The overall project budget was € 29 million, and consortium leader was Merck.

The scope of the project focused on the development of novel soluble processible light-emitting materials, charge transport materials, through to new adhesives for reliable encapsulation of each OLED component. In addition, physical tests were performed on the materials and on the OLED components in order to gain more in-depth knowledge for future material developments.

OLED Cleanroom at Merck

Merck OLED Clearnroom

Rolic joins Holst Centre research on protective barriers for flexible electronics
10 September 2012

Rolic Technologies Ltd and Holst Centre have announced their research partnership on protective moisture barriers for flexible electronics applications such as OLED and OPV. Rolic will play a crucial role in developing materials that will allow a fast road into the commercialisation of new advanced flexible barriers. Rolic will focus on the development of the organic materials and coatings for the barrier stack and for light out-coupling solutions.

Comparison between OLED panel without and without encapsualtion/barrier technology

OLED lighting device showing black spots (left) and black-spot free thanks to thin-film protective barrier

Novaled and Samsung Mobile Display sign strategic cooperation agreement
14 August 2012

Novaled has recently entered into a licensing and purchase agreement with Samsung Mobile Display (SMD). As part of the agreement, SMD has committed to purchase dopant materials used in the transport layers of its AM-OLED display modules from Novaled for several years. In addition, Novaled will provide its proprietary PIN OLED technology to SMD for use in the production of SMD’s AM-OLED display modules.

Since 2005, Samsung has cooperated with Novaled in the field of technologies and materials for advanced OLED products. Novaled’s latest agreement with SMD extends the use of Novaled’s high-performance OLED materials and proprietary PIN OLED technology to SMD’s next generation of mobile AM-OLED devices.

Novaled has developed several doping and transport materials that can be used in OLEDs to further enhance the advantanges of Novaled’s PIN OLED technology. As a result, these OLEDs have very low driving voltage and high substrate compatibility, while maintaining high power efficiency and long lifetime.

Panasonic expands its range of OLED lighting devices
14 August 2012

Panasonic Corp. has recently announced the company plans to release two new white OLED lighting panels and modules a daylight white operating at a colour temperature of 5000K and natural white operating at a temperature of 4000K. Panasonic will continue to offer its currently available OLED panels and modules, these operate at a colour temperature of 3000K.

The OLED lighting panels are approximately 2 mm thick OLED lighting panel and have been available since the end of July 2012, and produced by Panasonic Idemitsu OLED Lighting Co Ltd (PIOL) – a joint venture between Panasonic and Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. During August Eco Solutions (a Panasonic company) will release the easy-to-install OLED lighting module with a built-in control circuit.

OLED lighting panels
Universal Display pays US$105 million to acquire Fujifilm's worldwide OLED patent portfolio
14 August 2012

Universal Display Corp. and Fujifilm Corp. have announced that Fujifilm has sold to Universal Display their entire worldwide patent portfolio of more than 1,200 OLED patents and patent applications of Fujifilm for $105 million.

Fujifilm has conducted R&D in the OLED field for more than 10 years and as a result developed many promising new OLED technologies in materials as well as devices using such materials, and is supported by a significant patent portfolio covering such technologies.

As a leading company in the OLED industry with advanced technologies and an equally large patent position in the OLED field, Universal Display is expanding its business for OLED materials and the licensing of its patented OLED technologies through this acquisition.

Fujifilm and Universal Display have been exploring possible strategic relationships between the two companies, and have agreed to the sale and purchase of Fujifilm's OLED patent portfolio in connection with a strategic relationship beneficial to both companies.

COMEDD becomes an independent Fraunhofer research centre
13 August 2012

former department COMEDD (Centre for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden) of the Fraunhofer IPMS has now reached the pre-stage to an independent institute of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (the largest European society for applied research and development).

Prof Karl Leo said, “This foundation shows the excellent acceptance in the field of organic electronic which we have obtained during the last years. Fraunhofer COMEDD is a central part of Europe´s leading cluster for organic electronic, Organic Electronics Saxony (OES), with more than 1.000 employees. The foundation is an important milestone to move forward in research and development in the field of organic electronics. For instance we see a large demand for OLED microdisplays at the moment pointing out a new world of applications. Additionally the new institution opens new perspectives for a strategic development of new business fields, which we are preparing now intensely.”

COMEDD Laboratory

Japan Display announces collaboration with Kyushu University’s OPERA Centre
13 August 2012

Japan Display Inc. agreed on the research and development policies of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronic Research (OPERA) of Kyushu University and has decided to join its project.

Kyushu University has launched OPERA to promote research into the subject of “Challenges for superior OLED devices and innovative materials for the devices”, headed by Professor Chihaya Adachi. The project has been supported by Japan’s Funding Program for World-Leading Innovative R&D on Science and Technology (FIRST Program) since 2010.

At present there are twelve private enterprises, one public research institution and eleven universities participating in this project and promote comprehensive research into OLED technologies, from basic research to application and development, including design and synthesis of new luminescent materials, device fabrication and elementary technology for display panel production processing.

The Flexible Display Center produces largest flexible colour OLED display using mixed oxide TFT backplane
28 June 2012

The Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University recently announced that it has successfully manufactured the world's largest flexible colour organic light emitting display (OLED) prototype using advanced mixed oxide thin film transistors (TFTs).

Measuring 7.4 diagonal inches, the device was developed at the FDC in conjunction with Army Research Labs scientists. It also meets a critical target set by the U.S. Department of Defense to advance the development of full-colour, full-motion video flexible OLED displays for use in thin, lightweight, bendable and highly rugged devices.

Flexible AM-OLED using mixed oxided TFT backplane


Meissen Manufactory and Fraunhofer COMEDD announce cooperation
25 June 2012

The manufactory Meissen and the Fraunhofer Centre for Organic Materials and Electronic Devices Dresden COMEDD have announced they will cooperate in the field of innovative porcelain luminaires. The partnership expects exhibit it first collection at the worldwide home furnishing trade fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile in April 2013.

OLED from COMEDD | MEISSEN HOME® the manufactory


Dr. Christian Kurtzke, MEISSEN´s CEO, “In projects for interior fittings, the investment share for lamps is frequently around 60%.’ Dr. Christian Kurtzke, added, “I see – especially in connection with the auspicious OLED technology – great potential, and I’m confident that MEISSEN will in the long term be able to position itself as the leading provider of porcelain lamps in the market. By bundling the competence of two companies in Saxony, we will stand out clearly from our competitors, and we will be able to offer not just beauty, but also impressive functions.”

Sony and Panasonic will collaborate on the joint development of next generation OLED panels for TVs
25 June 2012

Sony Corp. and Panasonic Corp. have announced that they have signed an agreement regarding the joint development of next-generation OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels and modules for TVs and large-sized displays. The companies expect to establish mass-production technology during 2013.

According to the announcement Sony and Panasonic plan to jointly develop printing method-based next-generation OLED technology, which will be suitable for low-cost mass production of large, high resolution OLED panels and modules.

Sony has long been involved with the development of OLED technology – they launched the world’s first OLED TV in 2007, released a 25-inch professional OLED monitor in 2011, and continued to develop products and manufacture OLED displays.

South Korea prosecutors charge employees of an Israeli company over technology display leak
25 June 2012

According to news reports South Korean prosecutors have charged six South Korean employees of an Israeli company with leaking advanced TV display technology from Samsung Mobile Display and LG Display to their rivals.

The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said Wednesday that the six stole OLED display technology from the display affiliate of Samsung Electronics and LG Display and relayed it to Chinese and Taiwanese panel makers.

The Israeli company wasn't named by prosecutors but Samsung and LG identified it as Orbotech.

Orbotech Ltd., the Israeli company, makes display inspection equipment that it supplies to customers in South Korea, China and Taiwan. Its South Korean unit was also charged.

According to the news reports Orbotech did not respond to requests for comment.

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