FLEXOLIGHTING Horizon 2020 project
The FLEXOLIGHTING programme aims to deliver fully scaled-up innovative and environmentally sensitive systems for OLED manufacture. Due to commence 01 January 2015, the three-year programme will develop a set of new materials, methods and production processes that address the key issues of life time, light uniformity over large area, and manufacturing on flexible or conformable surfaces that currently limit OLED technology being widely adopted. The project will realise a revolutionary new lighting system of choice for a wide range of potential commercial applications.
The programme is designed specifically to adopt, adapt, develop and enhance key lab-based and early development stage reel-to-reel capable printing technology and apply it to the OLED production field.
The commercial applicability and potential of the project is clearly demonstrated by the breadth and diversity of the consortium members who expect to be able to generate increased sales and revenue streams through their involvement in the project. They include:
Axitron: Germany’s leading global provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. Axitron’s primary aim of the consortium is to generate business growth through the production and sale of OVPD processing equipment and transparent conducting polymer.
TATA Steel Europe: Europe's second largest steel producer, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies products and services withinthe construction, automotive, packaging, rail, lifting & excavating, energy & power and aerospace industries. TATA’s primary interest is in the development of the conductive and flexible steel substrate.
BeneQ, Finland’s leading supplier of production and research equipment for thin film ALD and aerosol coatings, andoriginally the world’s premier manufacturer of thin film electroluminescent (TFEL) displays.Beneq equipment is used for applying coatings in solar photovoltaics, flexible electronics, strengthened glass and other emerging thin film
applications. Its participation in the consortium is primarily focused on the processing of barrier layers or plastic substrates.
IntrinsiQ, Farnborough UK is the British arm of the US Nanomaterials development giant based in Rochester NY. As a partner in FLEXOLIGHTING, IntrinsiQ’s interest is in applications of its copper Nano inks.
Netherlands based OTS is recognised as the world leader in designing and selling automated in-line OLED display manufacturing systems. It’s patented PCAP Manufacturing System Processes harness its unique process expertise and innovation in ink-jet printing and thin film encapsulation technologies. OTS has core competencies in OLED development and manufacturing processes, substrate movement and handling, thin film encapsulation and ink-jet printing technologies.
Novalia,is an award winning technology company based in Cambridge, UK. The business has carved its niche in combining conductive print and capacitive touch to create smart surfaces that act as sensors and speakers. It wirelessly connects the digital world to the physical through advanced touch-screen technology. Novalia joins the consortium with the aim of developing new IP on ink formulation and product design.
Midlands based chemical engineering company, Robinson Brothers, specialises inorgano-sulfur synthesis and high pressure hydrogenation, supplying organic chemistry services to a global market in quantities from grams to multi-tonnes. The company is focused on further evolving its expertise in the scale up of OLED materials through participation in the project.
Marks & Spencer is one of the UK’sleading high street retail brands and joins the FLEXOLIGHTING consortium to bring unprecedented retail expertise and with the aim of being the dominant retailer of OLED materials.
“Novalia is proud to be part of the FLEXOLGHTING Horizon 2020 bid consortium”, states Chris Jones of Novalia. “The project brings together skilled innovators with the optimum combination of materials, processing and printing technologies. This unique collaboration has the capability of revolutionising solid state lighting to illuminate the world with very little environmental impact.”
As head of the Organic Electronics Group, Prof Kathirgamanathan leads a team of people combining some 100-person-years of experience in the field. They conduct research into Organic Electronics and have been involved in the manufacture of organic electronic materials, OLED displays and lighting, OPV (Perovskite based devices), thin film devices, sensors, electrochromic displays, oxide nano-materials, porous silicon devices, electrochemistry and conducting polymers. They also place particular emphasis on the commercialisation aspect of their projects to support the competitiveness of businesses. Facilities include an OLED Pilot Plant (purchased from ULVAC, Japan) and world-leading chemistry facilities, materials characterisation (electrical, optical and thermal) and device characterisation facilities (electroluminescent characteristics) and life-time measurements.