OLEDs is a complex technology - and an expensive one to research and develop. Because of this, there are several joint-venture OLED project - researching OLED displays and lighting. We provide here a comprehensive list of all projects related to OLEDs.

cyCESH project

cyCESH project logoThe cyCESH project aims to research new soluble (printable) materials for low-cost high efficiency OLED lighting devices. The project will develop the mass-market materials and methods for OLED production.

Project duration: 
2013 to 2016

R2D2

The two-year R2D2 project, launched in October 2013, aims to investigate flexible OLED lighting panels production technologies, including roll-to-roll techniques. One of the main subjects of investigation will be the system integration of flexible OLEDs in automobiles, aircraft and household applications.

Project duration: 
2013 to 2015

ENAB-SPOLED

The European ENAB-SPOLED project aims to use solution-based OLED materials to enable high performing cost competitive OLEDs for the lighting market and to develop a functional luminaire demonstrator. More specifically, the project partners will develop new materials (transport materials, emitters), new optical technologies for light guiding, and also process technologies for solution processing of small molecule and PLEDs.

This 2-year project has a budget of €4 million and is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF), the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB), and the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

Project duration: 
2013 to 2015

IM3OLED

The IM3OLED (Integrated Multidisciplinary & Multiscale Modeling for OLEDs) is an international collaboration with the Russian Federation that aims to develop a software tool for multiscale OLED lighting modeling. The tool will enable a more systematic R&D process - which will accelerate efficient OLED design development.

Project duration: 
2012 to 2013

ROBOLED

ROBust OLED (or ROBOLED) is a UK project that aims to investigate and overcome the challenges in driving OLED displays with OTFT backplanes.

The project has two partners: Plastic Logic (the leader) who will supply OTFT backplanes and the CPI that will integrate the OLEDs. As current OTFTs do not have the performance, uniformity or stability required for OLED displays, the project will focus on understanding and overcoming the technical challenges.

Project duration: 
2012 to 2015

Flex-o-Fab

The Flex-o-Fab project is a new €11.2-million 3-year project that aims to help commercialize flexible OLEDs within six years. The project partners will create a a pilot-scale modular yet integrated manufacturing chain for flexible OLEDs, and use it to develop reliable fabrication / production processes. In January 2015 the project demonstrated the first prototype.

The Flex-o-Fab project will draw on technologies and expertise already used to produce glass-based OLEDs and flexible displays. It will look to migrate existing sheet-to-sheet processes to roll-to-roll (R2R) production to further reduce costs and enable high-volume production. The encapsulation, one of the key challenges of flexible panel production, will be the multilayer barrier technology developed by Holst Centre. The project will also develop novel anode technologies that will need to be transparent with low resistivity, reliable, robust and scalable for R2R production on foil substrates.

Project duration: 
2012 to 2015

Clean4Yield

The Clean4Yield project aims to ensure high enough yields for cost-effective organic electronics manufacturing. The project partners will develop new technologies for inspecting, cleaning and repairing moving foils, and detecting and preventing defects in large-scale roll-to-roll production of OLEDs and OPVs.

The Clean4Yield project will work to develop new technologies capable of inspecting moving foils for micro- and nanoscale dust particles and defects, and for cleaning / repairing layers as necessary. It will also explore techniques for preventing dust particles reaching the foil in roll-to-roll environments. The project is coordinated by the Holst Centre/TNO and has sixteen members (multi-national companies, small-to-medium enterprises, universities and research organizations).

Project duration: 
2012 to 2015

HARPOON

HARPOON is a research project funded in part by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia. There is very little information available on HARPOON, but apparently it's aim is to improve OLED lighting's efficiency in a cost effective way. The researchers will use software simulation and develop algorithms that will optimize vacuum related production processes.

The project coordinator is Philips.

First results from the HARPOON project are expected by 2014.

Project duration: 
2012 to 2014

PlastronicsSpec

PlastronicsSpec logoThe PlastronicsSpec project was launched in 2011 in the EU with an aim to develop an automated digital radiography system for the inspection of plastic electronics.

Project duration: 
2011 to 2013

COLAE

The COLAE (Commercializing Organic and Large Area Electronics) is a pan-European initiative that aims to promote commercialization of Organic and large-area electronics in Europe. There are 18 partners from 12 countries.

The COLAE partners will jointly develop technology demonstrators and organize training events. As part of the project, the partners will offer several services such as technology feasibility analyses, access to the partners' pilot production facilities, business planning and networking.

Project duration: 
2011 to 2014

R2Flex

The R2Flex (roll-to-roll production of highly efficient organic devices on flexible substrates) project aimed to develop new technologies for efficient and affordable flexible OLEDs. The project was successfully concluded.

The 2.5-years project was funded (€11 million) by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research Germany (BMBF). The partners in the project include Novaled, Fraunhofer IPMS, COMEDDTridonic Dresden, CreaPhys, Heliatek, Von Ardenne Conditioning and Laytek.

Project duration: 
2011 to 2013

IMOLA

The four year IMOLA (Intelligent light management for OLED on foil applications) project aims to realize large-area OLED lighting modules with built-in intelligent light management. The idea is that light intensity can be adjusted uniformly or locally according to the time of day or a person's position - and applications include wall, ceiling and in-vehicle (dome) lighting.

The project purposes that the OLED lighting module will consists of OLED tiles on a flexible backplane foil. Each tile can be individually controlled via the backplane. The intelligent part comes from a smart-power thin chip, advanced communication features and optical feedback.

Project duration: 
2011 to 2014

ManuCloud

ManuCloud logoManuCloud (distributed Cloud product specification and supply chain manufacturing execution infrastructure) project is an EU project (led by Fraunhofer COMEDD, Heliatek, Tridonic Dresden and others) that envisions a cloud-like architecture concept, providing users with the ability to utilize the manufacturing capabilities of configurable, virtualized production networks.

The objective of the ManuCloud project was the development of a service-oriented IT environment as basis for the next level of manufacturing networks by enabling production-related inter-enterprise integration down to shop floor level. The EU considers the transition from mass production to personalized, customer-oriented and eco-efficient manufacturing to be a promising approach that may improve and secure the competitiveness of the European manufacturing industries.

Project duration: 
2010 to 2013

GENESIS

GENESIS is a follow-up project to TOPAS started in 2010. TOPAS focused on developing innovative material and component architectures and well as new production machines for lighting solutions with highly efficient OLEDs. GENESIS aims to scale down to manufacture-compliant processes and substrate sizes.

Project duration: 
2010 to 2013

Emerging Market OLED (EMO) project

EMO (Emerging Market OLED) is a three year project that aims research, develop and eventually produce OLED lighting panels targeting emerging markets in Brazil. This project is a collaboration by Philips and the CERTI Foundation (Reference Center in Innovative Technologies).

Project duration: 
2010 to 2013

ROLLEX 2

ROLLEX 2 is a follow up to the original ROLLEX project (which will end April 2010). ROLLEX stands for Roll-to-roll production of highly efficient light-emitting diodes on flexible substrates. The major goal of ROLLEX 2 will be to further integrate the processing steps used to make flexible OLED lighting devices in the current ROLLEX project, which ends next month. ROLLEX 2 will also work on flexible organic solar cells.

Project duration: 
2010 to 2012

TOPDRAWER

TOPDRAWER (Thin organic prototypes, design, research, applications with end-user recognition) will develop and demonstrate a printed manufacturing process that will be integrated into attractive designs that have been created through consultation with potential end-users. The manufacturing process will be proved and tested within PETEC, that will acquire and install a large-area coating line.

Project duration: 
2010 to 2013

One-P

ONE-P (Organic Nanomaterials for Electronics and Photonics: Design, Synthesis, Characterisation, Processing, Fabrication and Applications) is a collaboration of 28 organizations, funded mostly by the EU Commission 7th framework programme (18M euro out of 26M).

The project has several objectives in the area of organic semiconductors. One of them is the development of a new generation of light emitter materials for OLED architectures and light-emitting field-effects transistors.

Project duration: 
2009 to 2012
Cambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDsCambridge Isotope Laboratories - Deutreated Reagents and High-Purity Gases for OLEDs