US-based high-index material maker Pixelligent Technologies announced that it has been awarded several grants from the US Department of Energy SBIR and Department of Defense STTR programs.
The total value of these grants is $2.15 million, and Pixelligent says the grants will be used to accelerate and further develop a diverse range of applications leveraging Pixelligent's core PixClear nanocomposite technology. The DoD STTR Phase II grant will support Pixelligent's continued collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania and Argonne National Laboratory to further the development of PixClear. The grants from the DoE will help to "extend the company's technology leadership in OLED lighting applications".
In August 2016 Pixelligent raised $10.4 million (which brings Pixelligent's total funding to over $36 million) which will be used to install additional manufacturing capacity, open new offices in Asia, and continue its R&D to develop materials for lighting, display and optical applications.
Pixelligent has been researching light extraction materials for OLED lighting panels for a long time, and in August 2015 the company officially launched its PixClear family of light extraction materials for OLED lighting panels. Pixelligent has been awarded several OLED projects by the US DoE and is collaborating with OLEDWorks and the ORNL.