LG Display's OLED EX technology improves the brightness, lifetime, size and image quality of its OLED TV panels, to be adopted in all WOLED panels by Q2 2022

LG Display unveiled its latest OLED TV technology, branded as OLED EX. LG says that these WOLED panels combine new deuterium compounds and personalized algorithms to improve the image quality and increase brightness by up to 30%. EX is an acronym of Evolution and eXperience.

LG Display OLED EX Technology photo

LG Display says that it has "successfully converted the hydrogen elements present in organic light emitting elements into stable deuterium". LGD extracts the deuterium compounds from water, and after stabilization, the compounds allow the OLED devices to be brighter - and also last longer.

OLEDON developed a curved plane-source FMM technology that can be used to produce direct-emission 10,000 PPI OLED microdisplays

OLEDON says that it has developed a new curved plane-source evaporation shadow mask process that can be used for OLED microdisplay fabrication, with a potential density of 10,000 PPI (minimum shadow distance of 0.18um). Using this technology it will be possible to create direct-emission microdisplays.

In the video above, you can see the lecture OLEDON's CEO gave last month at iMID 2021, that explains the new technology.

Kebotix aims to start testing its novel blue OLED emitters with device makers in 2022

In 2020, US-based Kebotix was awarded with a US DoE grant to develop AI-based molecular screening technology to identify novel blue OLED emitters. The company now announced that it has managed to discover several new classes of candidate materials, and develop device prototypes.

Kebotix says it aims to start testing these molecules with device makers in early- to mid-2022.

Olum Material to develop 8.5-Gen FMM unit-cell masks

Korea-based OLUM Material announced that it is starting to develop fine metal masks (FMM) for 8.5-Gen (2200x2500 mm) OLED production. Current FMM technologies are limited to 6-Gen substrates (1500x1850 mm).

Olum Material unit cell FMM photo

As demand for larger mobile OLED displays, for laptops, tablets and monitors is on the rise, OLED makers aim to start making these panels on larger substrates. Samsung Display is considering, according to reports, a 8.5-Gen AMOLED fab dedicated for laptop and IT displays.

Researchers achieve impressive OLED efficiency boost by using corrugated alloy electrodes

Researchers from Jilin Univeristy in Changchun, China, have managed to improve the brightness of OLED devices by 25% (21 enhancement in current efficiency) by applying corrugated alloy (Ag-Al) electrodes.

AFM image of corrugated alloy OLED electrodes (Jilin University)AFM images of the corrugated alloy electrodes

The researchers say that the periodic corrugations were precisely tuned based on the composition ratio of the alloy to efficiently recover the photons trapped in surface plasmon-polariton resonance.

OLETs used to create highly compact and cost-effective plasmonic optical sensor system

Researchers from Europe, working with funding from the EU research program at the MOLOKO project, developed a new plasmonic sensor system that integrates an organic light-emitting transistor (OLET), an organic photo-diode (OPD), and a nanostructured plasmonic grating (NPG) all in the same device.

Optoplasmonic - OLET system (simplified structure)

The researchers say that this design enables to create cost-effective and highly miniaturized optical sensors based on the optics-less plasmonic system. The researchers further say that the potential of OLETs, as planar multielectrode devices with inherent micrometer-wide emission areas, offers the incorporation of the light-emitting and light-detection modules together at unprecedented lateral proximity.

Ergis extends its OLED encapsulation film platform to QD films

Last year, Poland-based Ergis Group launched an OLED encapsulation film platform called Ergis noDiffusion®. The company is currently testing its film solutions at customer sites in Asia, the EU and the US, and it is now starting to expand the platform for the protection of quantum dot films (QD films) used in display and lighting applications.

Ergis noDiffusion QD barrier image

These new films can be tuned to fit specific needs. Ergis can deploy its films on several substrate types, with varying film thickness, and the barrier properties can be tuned to be between 10-6 to 10-3. This means that custom films can be created to suit the specific sensitivity of the QDs for water vapor and to achieve specific product lifetime or other required properties.

OLED developments at the IIT's FlexE Center

The National Center for Flexible Electronics (FlexE) was established in 2014 as a Centre of Excellence at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kanpur. The vision of the center is to "catalyse the development of domestic industry in the field of large area flexible electronics".

OLED lighting prototypes, FlexE Center

The FlexE center has some interesting OLED projects, and we recently had a discussion with researchers from the center to learn more about the OLED R&D activities.

NTHU develops an efficient and long lasting bluelight-free tandem OLED device

Taiwan's National Tsing-Hua University (NTHU) Professor Jou and Dr. Wen have been developing OLED lighting technologies for many years, focusing on healthy bluelight-free OLEDs (so-called candle-light OLEDs) due to the hazards of modern lighting.

Light source spectrum comparison (NTHU, tandem OLED)

The researchers now report they have developed a new tandem-OLED device that improves the efficiency and lifetime of their candle-light OLEDs. The OLED's emission is totally blue-light free, which makes it even safer compared to NTHU's first-gen candle-light OLEDs.

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