Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) announced that the EU-funded STEPLED project has concluded - with "outstanding success". The STEPLED project was undertaken with the aims of understanding the science which controls the spin states of polymer-based OLED (PLEDs), critical to developing more power efficient displays.

The STEPLED project focused on establishing high efficiency materials using high singlet-ratio fluorescent polymers, but also worked on soluble phosphorescent emitter. CDT said that STEPLED achieved the production of a standard two-layer device structure with an external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 6%. This has been described as 'outstanding', being almost twice the efficiency of previous materials. The impressive performance was achieved using red emitting polymers, typically the lowest efficiency color in RGB displays.

Besides CDT, STEPLED partners include Philips, Covion and the universities of Cambridge, Bologna and Mons.

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