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An OLED uses organic semiconductors to create thin light emitting panels. OLEDs are used to create thin, beautiful, flexible and efficient display and lighting panels, and are the future technology of choice.

Recent OLED News

LG to start offering OLED signage solutions in 2016

Oct 11, 2015

LG Electronics says that it will start offering OLED-based commercial display products for the business-to-business (B2B) sector next year. In fact, LGE says it will launch a "full-fledged effort" in the OLED digital signage business.

LGD's 55'' double-sided OLED (IFA 2015)

LG Electronics will start with large-sized digital signs for public places - such as airports. This decision comes following LG Display managed to solve its OLED yield and technology issues.

ASU researchers develop a high-qaulity OLED lighting device that uses a white emissive material

Oct 11, 2015

Researchers from Arizona State University (ASU) are developing high-qualify OLED lighting devices that emit no UV light. Such OLEDs will be particularly useful in museums, art galleries and similar places, since UV light inhibits the human eye in clearly discerning color variations and the texture of objects.

White OLEDs lighting a magic cube (ASU)

The researchers recently received a $875,000 grant from the US DoE to expand the research. The team is collaborating with Universal Display to develop OLEDs that use a single emissive material to create white light - and not a white OLED device that uses a combination of red, green and blue emissive materials (or yellow and blue).

Ames Laboratory researchers developed near UV OLED devices for photosensor applications

Oct 11, 2015

Researchers at the US DoE's Ames Laboratory developed a near ultra-violet (UV) OLED device that can be used as an on-chip photosensor. They say that this is the first time that light can be captured and manipulated at around 400 nm - or near the invisible end of the spectrum.

The researchers envision a tiny chip that can act as a whole spectrometer - so it can measure the absorption or luminescence spectrum of anything that can absorb or emit light. There are many applications for such a sensor - for food safety, water quality, medical diagnosis and more. This near-UV OLED development is a step towards that goal.

3M licenses Lotus Applied Technology's R2R ALD encapsulation technology

Oct 09, 2015

Lotus Applied Technology logo

3M announced that they entered into a licensing agreement with Lotus Applied Technology, which gives 3M access to Lotus' TransFlexALD spatial Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and barrier materials patent portfolio.

The TransFlexALD is a roll-to-roll ALD deposition that can be used to make single-layer encapsulation layers suitable for OLED panels (and other devices).

OSRAM supplies the OLEDs for BMW's M4 GTS

Oct 09, 2015

A few days ago we posted that BMW has announced now that they are starting to produce the M4 GTS at very limited quantities with deliveries are planned to begin in March 2016. The M4 GTS uses OLED taillights - and can be considered the world's first commercial car with OLED lighting (although at 700 units, it's debatable if this is a real commercial car launch).

In my post I said that I do not know the supplier of those OLED panels, and today OSRAM contacted me and said that these are OSRAM's panels. It turns out that OSRAM announced that they are the supplier of those panels (or the ones in the M4 GTS concept) back in February.

The UK launches a new project to investigate graphene-based OLED encapsulation

Oct 09, 2015

The UK launched a new project called Gravia that aims to investigate the feasibility of producing graphene-based encapsulation films for next generation flexible OLED lighting and display products.

The Gravia project is a 12-month effort, and the partners in the project expect to deliver a feasible material and process system by the project's end. Drawing on the unique properties of graphene, 'Gravia' will aim to achieve barrier materials that are not only flexible, but also transparent, robust, and very impervious to many molecules.

Idemitsu Kosan opens a new office in China to support local OLED material sales

Oct 09, 2015

Idemitsu Kosan logoIdemitsu Kosan opened a new office in Shanghai to support OLED material sales to OLED panel makers in China, and to collect information about the Chinese market.

Idemistsu expects OLED demand to increase due to the expansion of the OLED industry in China. The Shanghai Office is Idemitsu’s third overseas base for the OLED materials business, following those in South Korea and Taiwan.