Exploration of quantum materials – New paths to realizing innovative optoelectronic components (ELQ-LED) is a joint-project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and led by Merck with an aim to conduct basic research on quantum materials as light emitting sources. ELQ-LED is a three-year project that will end on the summer of 2020.

Project duration: 
2018 to 2020


HyperOLED logoThe HyperOLED Project aims to develop materials and matching device architectures for high-performance, hyperfluorescence OLED emitters. These OLED emitters will be realized by combining TADF molecular hosts with novel shielded fluorescence emitters, targeting saturated blue emission of very high efficiency at high brightness. The project will also achieve efficiency gains through molecular alignment to enhance light outcoupling.

The project aims to integrate multiple blue and white stack unit prototypes (2 x 2 mm² in size on 30x30mm glass substrates) will be integrated into a high-brightness OLED microdisplay based on MicroOLED's 0.38" WVGA backplane.

Project duration: 
2017 to 2020


The European Excilight project aims to explore the use of exciplex emitters and TADF in OLEDs, to give high efficiency, stable emitters that do not use scarce and expensive materials. A second goal of the project is to educate a new generation of talented young scientists at the cutting edge of these OLED technologies.


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.

Project duration: 
2015 to 2016


POLEOT project logoThe 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.

Project duration: 
2013 to 2015


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.

Project duration: 
2015 to 2018

Phebe project

Phebe project logoThe 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.

Project duration: 
2015 to 2018


The PrintOLED (Printed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes) project was established to develop a concept large-area homogenous coating of organic functional materials from solution. The project investigate several technologies (such as gravure, inkjet printing, slot-die coating and others). When the projected ended, the partners demonstrated OLEDs with homogeneously coated active areas of 10 cm2 and 27 cm2 by classic gravure printing and slot die coating (at least two of the layers were processed from solution).

The project was led by Merck, and the other partners in PrintOLED were BASF, OSRAM, Philips, the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, the Technical University of Braunschweig, the Technical University of Darmstadt and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen.

Project duration: 
2009 to 2014


PlastronicsSpec logoThe PlastronicsSpec project was launched in 2011 in the EU with an aim to develop an automated digital radiography system for the inspection of plastic electronics.

Project duration: 
2011 to 2013


ManuCloud logoManuCloud (distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure) project is an EU project (led by Fraunhofer COMEDD, Heliatek, Tridonic Dresden and others) that envisions a cloud-like architecture concept, providing users with the ability to utilize the manufacturing capabilities of configurable, virtualized production networks.

The objective of the ManuCloud project was the development of a service-oriented IT environment as basis for the next level of manufacturing networks by enabling production-related inter-enterprise integration down to shop floor level. The EU considers the transition from mass production to personalized, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing to be a promising approach that may improve and secure the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industries.

Project duration: 
2010 to 2013
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