Universal Display (UDC) logoUniversal Display announced that they have been awarded a new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I $99,900 program from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). During this program, the Company will study the potential to enhance the performance of white PHOLED lighting devices in order to meet DOE requirements for general illumination applications.

Under a program titled “Thermal Management of High-Efficacy White Phosphorescent Organic Light Emitting Devices,” Universal Display will design and build white PHOLED lighting panels to evaluate the impact of operating temperature on performance.

The adoption of the Company’s UniversalPHOLED technology and materials dramatically reduces the amount of heat generated during panel operation, as compared to the use of conventional fluorescence. Operating at high brightness levels and over large areas may, however, still lead to small increases in the operating temperature of a panel. By effectively managing the relatively small amount of heat that is generated, UDC believes that it may further enhance OLED lighting performance, especially operating lifetime at the high luminance levels and with the large-area sizes required for general illumination. UDC will use 6” x 6” panels as the first step toward understanding these issues. The outcome of this study may lead to subsequent opportunities to introduce novel thermal management technologies for enhanced performance of OLEDs for general illumination.

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