Universal Display (UDC) logoUniversal Display Corporation announced that it has been awarded a $730,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract by the U.S. Army Research Laboratories (ARL) to continue its development of innovative encapsulation technology for flexible OLEDs.

In this program, entitled “Flexible and Conformal Environmental Barrier Technology for Displays,” Universal Display will be using a new approach to encapsulate a long-lived, active-matrix OLED (AMOLED) display prototype built on flexible metal foil. During the prior Phase I program, Universal Display and Princeton University demonstrated the feasibility of this multilayer encapsulation process based on plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (or PECVD). This technology, pioneered at Princeton University, is designed to enable the deposition of protective, barrier films onto an OLED’s top surface, a critical element on the development roadmap for flexible OLED displays.

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