UDC announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $750,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II contract by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a novel white OLED light source featuring the Company’s proprietary TOLED® transparent OLED technology.
In this program entitled, High Efficiency White TOLED Devices for Lighting Applications, the Company is employing its proprietary TOLED technology to demonstrate a novel lighting concept with improved light extraction. In a conventional OLED, only approximately 25 30% of the light generated in the device is emitted to the viewer. Technologies to extract more of the light generated as useable light emission are important for achieving the performance required for OLEDs in lighting applications. During the Phase I program, Universal Display demonstrated a 20% enhancement in the amount of light extracted from an OLED by using the Company’s TOLED structure integrated with an external reflector. During this follow-on Phase II, the Company intends to optimize the performance of this novel design for white lighting applications.