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High-throughput, large area and cost-effective OLED production technologies (Fast2Light)
Start date: Feb 1, 2008, End date: Jul 31, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

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.
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