Organic electroluminescence (OLED) holds the promise to deliver flexible, thin, lightweight and power-efficient light sources. Research up until now has been mainly motivated by work on glass-based displays, where the aspects of increased contrast, high viewing angle and response speed are critical. However, intelligent lighting applications are becoming increasingly relevant; here, the unique properties of OLED for high power-efficiency, uniform large-area light emission, and flexibility can give rise to a range of products that can transform the world we live in.
The overall objective of Fast2Light is to develop novel, cost-effective, high-throughput, roll-to-roll, large area deposition processes for fabricating light-emitting polymer-OLED foils for intelligent lighting applications.
The scope of the project comprises all of the layers that are part of an OLED lighting foil. It will start with the substrate choice, and introduce high-throughput deposition and patterning methods for all of the materials necessary to fabricate the final lighting foil. In doing so, it will become clear what device architectures and designs are best suited to integrate these new deposition and patterning methods. The interplay between the choice of device architecture and processing methods will be unravelled and a set of design rules for a manufacturable product will be determined, together with a final process flow. Results will be measurable in the form of demonstrators that prove the performance of the technologies and the design rules.
Fast2Light aims to strengthen the leading position of the European Lighting Industry by enabling new technologies and market possibilities. Furthermore, these new sustainable disruptive technologies will create long-term European manufacturing jobs due to their high degree of technical novelty and specialization. Finally, the intellectual property generated in new process and product domains will protect these advances from Asian and US competition.
Catch us at the LOPEC-2011
The Fast2light partner Oxford lasers will hold a presentation on the promise
of using lasers as means of post-deposition patterning. The talk is scheduled
at day 2 at 15:40.
Catch us at the ISFOE-2011
Fast2light will hold no less than 2 talks at ISFOE 2011. A presentation on
laser patterning of thin films and a general overview of the Fast2light project.
Several openings in the field of polymer electronics are now available at the Holst Centre website