$21.1 million dollar So-Light project for OLEDs begins in Germany

December 18, 2009--In the recently started 'So-Light' project, eleven German companies and research institutes will work closely together on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a goal to reach a leading position in the fast-growing worldwide OLED market. The $21.1 million dollar project is also financially supported by the German BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

December 18, 2009--In the recently started 'So-Light' project, eleven German companies and research institutes will work closely together on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with a goal to reach a leading position in the fast-growing worldwide OLED market. The $21.1 million dollar project is also financially supported by the German BMBF Federal Ministry of Education and Research (see also "Novaled, TU Dresden white OLEDs surpass fluorescent tube efficiency" and "OLEDs enable integrated surface-plasmon-resonance sensor" and "Hybrid OLEDs combine vapor deposition with solution processing").

In the coming years, So-Light will develop further display and special lighting applications covering all parts of the value chain. Until June 2012 project partners will work on new materials (transport materials, redox dopants, triplet-emitters, matrix materials), new optical technologies for guided light distribution, characterize lighting application aspects of OLEDs, and develop further process technologies for small-molecule OLEDs.

An important part of the project work is to generate studies on applications and demonstrators as well as to work on integrating technologies for special application areas (automotive, architecture and backlighting for large displays).

OLEDs belong to the family of Solid State Lighting (SSL) technologies, a hyponym for light sources based on semiconductors which emit light due to electroluminescence. As OLEDs are highly energy efficient (nearly no heat generation), consume very little raw material and are mercury free, they are considered as a promising clean and sustainable technology and as a capable alternative for present lighting solutions. Thanks to characteristics such as being ultra flat, transparent, flexible and color tunable, OLEDs offer completely new opportunities in the field of displays and special luminaires.

"Europe is not only a pioneer when it comes to energy efficiency and in preserving the environment, but also in product design. The ban on incandescent light bulbs and the need for energy efficient and innovative light sources puts new technologies in the spotlight. Therefore OLEDs and their near term introduction to the lighting market will be of major importance," said Blochwitz-Nimoth, project leader of So-light and CSO of Novaled AG. "The participation of leading German companies in So-light will ensure a fast transition to new OLED lighting products."

So-Light project partners are Novaled AG (Dresden), Sensient Imaging Technologies GmbH (Bitterfeld-Wolfen), Fraunhofer IPMS (Dresden), LEDON OLED Lighting GmbH & Co. KG (Dresden), Aixtron AG (Aachen), Fresnel Optics GmbH (Apolda), Hella KGaA Hueck & Co (Lippstadt), Siteco Beleuchtungstechnik GmbH (Traunreut), AEG-MIS mbH (Ulm), Universität Paderborn/L-LAB (Paderborn), Westfälische Wilhelms Universität Münster (Münster).

For more information, contact Anke Lemke at Novaled at anke.lemke@novaled.com.

--Posted by Gail Overton, gailo@pennwell.com; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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