BASF has been working on a blue phosphorescent OLED emitter for quite some time - in fact the company says they have started developing an iridium-based blue PHOLED as early in 2003. Now Karl Hahn, a senior VP at BASF, says that the company will be ready to launch a commercial blue phosphorescent emitter by the end of 2014 aimed towards OLED lighting panels.
During the same presentation, Karl Hahn said that BASF plans to open a new OLED display focused laboratory in Korea during 2014.
In 2008, BASF and Osram announced an efficient (60 lm/W) all-phosphorescent OLED lighting panel. That panel (developed as part of the OPAL project with Aixtron, Philips and Applied Materials) suffered from short lifetime and hopefully BASF finally managed to solve the lifetime issue. In 2012, BASF stated again that they are developing a new blue emitter.
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