Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) today announced that in collaboration with Thorn Lighting and the University of Durham, the Company has been awarded a GBP1.6 million grant by the UK Department of Trade and Industry-led Technology Programme. The grant will part fund a three year project to develop solution processable organic materials and device architectures suitable for large area white lighting applications. The total project cost is GBP3.3 million.

Under terms of the grant, CDT, through its Sumation joint venture, will provide materials, device architecture and testing, modeling, and technical input. The project is aimed at developing materials and devices for solid-state, high efficiency lighting applications based on CDT's patented PLED technology. Light emitting polymer materials can be solution processed and offers the potential of low cost manufacturing for large lighting panels. Successful completion of this project will offer novel lighting products with environmental benefits.