Polar OLED: New material company, spun-off the University of Hull
Polar OLED is a new company, spun off from the University of Hull in the UK. Polar is working on "liquid crystal based polymer OLED materials", and are currently shipping sample materials for research. Polar say that their materials will be far more cost effective to manufacture than what's available today. These materials are neither Small-Molecule nor Polymer based.
Polar were kind enough to answer a few of our questions:
Q: Are your materials fluorescent or phosphorescent?
The Polar OLED materials can be described as fluorescent.
Q: Do you have any current figures on efficiency, lifetime, or any other specs?
We have completed testing in a laboratory environment and one of our current objectives is to work with development partners on optimizing for device-specific applications.
Q: Are your materials indeed ready to ship?
We are ready to ship materials for research and small scale testing and have the capacity to supply pilot testing. Anyone interested can contact us via the website.
Q: What would you say is the "best selling point" of your materials? Why are they better than the ones UDC, CDT, and others are working on?The liquid crystalline nature of the Polar OLED materials means that they have good charge-transport properties, i.e., they are good organic semiconductors, and they are especially suited to polarised emission, e.g., for 3D imaging or holography.
They are also solution-processable, which is economically favourable, yet are photolithographically patternable to produce high resolution displays.