The EU-funded LOMID project (Large cost-effective OLED microdisplays and their applications) aims to develop next-generation large-area OLED microdisplays for VR and AR applications. The partners will produce flexible OLED microdisplays sized 13 x 21 mm (about 1-inch diagonal) with a resolution of 1200x1920 (2,300 PPI).
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OLEDs is a complex technology - and an expensive one to research and develop. Because of this, there are several joint-venture OLED project - researching OLED displays and lighting. We provide here a comprehensive list of all projects related to OLEDs.
The PI-SCALE project aims to to create a European-wide pilot line which will enable companies of all sizes to quickly and cost effectively test and scale up their flexible OLED lighting concepts and turn them into market ready products.
PI-SCALE is coordinated by the Holst Centre, and includes 14 partners from five countries - including the UK-based CPI, Fraunhofer, FlexEnable, Audi, Coatema, Emdedesign, DuPont Teijin Films and more. The European Commission contributed €14 million for this project.
The Phebe Project, launched in February 2015, aims to develop and commercialize TADF OLED emitters. This three-year project is being funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 ICT programme.
The project consortium includes Novaled, Astron-FIAMM, TU Dresden, Kaunas University of Technology, Durham University and other companies and universities. TU Dresden is focusing on material design using theoretical quantum chemical approaches, and KTU is elaborating synthetic schemes for exciplex emitters and intramolecular charge transfer materials and synthesizing the most promising compounds. Durham will perform photophysical characterisation of the new materials from Kaunus and will also be in charge of elucidating the mechanisms of TADF to feed into the theoretical work of TU Dresden. Novaled will provide best-fit transport and doping material sets, technology and expert know-how on stack architecture.
The LEO project (Low-cost / energy Efficient OLEDs) was launched in June 2015 with an aim to develop efficient and cost-effective OLED applications for the lighting industry. The three-year project was launched as part of the EU's Horizon 2020 framework with a grant of €4 million.
KONFECT (thin glass for glass-polymer laminates) is a German collaborative development project that aims to develop ultra-thin glass on a roll for organic electronics application - with an initial focus on OLEDs. The goal of the consortium is to refine windable glass through lamination with functional adhesive tapes and by applying special functional layers.
The project consortium includes three partners - Schott, tesa and VON ARDENNE, and two sub projects. Schott and tesa will develop reliable encapsulation by combining Schott's flexible glass with tesa's barrier tape. Von Ardenne, meanwhile, is developing a vacuum coating system specifically for roll-to-roll (R2R) coating of flexible glasses.
Graphted is a UK project that aims to evaluate the potential of graphene as a transparent electrode when dispersed in a polymeric matrix. The one-year long project (which began at April 1st 2015) will start by looking at graphene's use in phototherapy medical devices.
The 12-month long Gravia project will investigate the feasibility of producing graphene-based barrier films for next generation flexible OLED lighting and display products. 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.
The Gravia consortium includes the UK CPI, FlexEnable, the University of Cambridge and the National Physical Laboratory.
The Korean EnDK project (launched in June 2015) aims to develop a 11K (2250 PPI) mobile display, to enable unique 3D displays for mobile devices (probably based on OLEDs, but that is not certain).
The project partners include 13 companies, led by Samsung Display. The Korean government supports this five-year project via its GiGA Korea initiative with $26.5 million grant. The company aim to show the first prototype by the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
The LASSIE (Large Area Solid State Intelligent Efficient luminaries) project is a 3-year €3.15 million project funded by the EU that aims to develop hybrid inorganic and organic lighting technologies. The aim is to develop a device with the efficacy and long life of high-power LEDs and the color-tunable diffuse lighting of OLED panels.
The EU's Smartonics project aims to develop smart machines, tools and processes for the precision synthesis of materials for organic electronics.
OLYMP ("Organic Light-emitting sYstems based on energy and cost-efficient Materials and Processes") is a German project that aims to improve OLED lighting efficiency and lifetime.
Flexibilis is a European project that aims to develop both an ITO-replacement material and an encapsulation technology for flexible OLED and OPV panels.
Flexibilis is coordinated by the UK's CPI center and other partners include Teer Coating, the University of Bolton, and Austria's NanoTecCenter Weiz Forschungsgesellschaft and High Tech Coatings.
The cyFLEX project was launched in September 2013 by Cynora and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). The project aims to develop flexible and luminescent surfaces for smart packaging and advertising applications based on OLED lighting panels.
The POLEOT (Printing OLED on Textile) project, which concluded on May 2015, developed luminescence OLED-based technology for a wide range of new textile applications and it is supported by Cornet program, German Allianz Industrie Forschung and Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.
The project partners were ESMA, Textil, ITA, Universitat Stuttgart, Universitiet Haselt, imec, HoGent and Centexbel.
The cyCESH project aims to research new soluble (printable) materials for low-cost high efficiency OLED lighting devices. The project will develop the mass-market materials and methods for OLED production.
The two-year R2D2 project, launched in October 2013, aims to investigate flexible OLED lighting panels production technologies, including roll-to-roll techniques. One of the main subjects of investigation will be the system integration of flexible OLEDs in automobiles, aircraft and household applications.
The European ENAB-SPOLED project aims to use solution-based OLED materials to enable high performing cost competitive OLEDs for the lighting market and to develop a functional luminaire demonstrator. More specifically, the project partners will develop new materials (transport materials, emitters), new optical technologies for light guiding, and also process technologies for solution processing of small molecule and P-OLEDs.
This 2-year project has a budget of €4 million and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF), the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).
The IM3OLED (Integrated Multidisciplinary & Multiscale Modeling for OLEDs) is an international collaboration with the Russian Federation that aims to develop a software tool for multiscale OLED lighting modeling. The tool will enable a more systematic R&D process - which will accelerate efficient OLED design development.
ROBust OLED (or ROBOLED) is a UK project that aims to investigate and overcome the challenges in driving OLED displays with OTFT backplanes.
The project has two partners: Plastic Logic (the leader) who will supply OTFT backplanes and the CPI that will integrate the OLEDs. As current OTFTs do not have the performance, uniformity or stability required for OLED displays, the project will focus on understanding and overcoming the technical challenges.
The Flex-o-Fab project is a new €11.2-million 3-year project that aims to help commercialize flexible OLEDs within six years. The project partners will create a a pilot-scale modular yet integrated manufacturing chain for flexible OLEDs, and use it to develop reliable fabrication / production processes. In January 2015 the project demonstrated the first prototype.
The Flex-o-Fab project will draw on technologies and expertise already used to produce glass-based OLEDs and flexible displays. It will look to migrate existing sheet-to-sheet processes to roll-to-roll (R2R) production to further reduce costs and enable high-volume production. The encapsulation, one of the key challenges of flexible panel production, will be the multilayer barrier technology developed by Holst Centre. The project will also develop novel anode technologies that will need to be transparent with low resistivity, reliable, robust and scalable for R2R production on foil substrates.