Apr 28, 2017: Science and technology company Merck has launched HyperOLED, a European consortium that aims to develop materials and device architectures for high-performance, hyperfluorescent OLEDs to be used in displays and solid state lighting.
The €4 million project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, which will be coordinated by Merck, in collaboration with four European partners—Microoled (France), Fraunhofer-IOF (Germany), Durham University (UK) and Intelligentsia Consultants (Luxembourg).
In the next three years, HyperOLED project will develop high-performance OLEDs by combining thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) molecular hosts with specifically adapted fluorescence emitters. The partners of the project will also contribute to the development of thin, organic and large area electronics (TOLAE), which is an emerging technology with high growth potential.
Hyperfluorescent OLEDs are cost-efficient to manufacture traditional OLEDs because they are based on white OLED stacks that are easier to produce.
As the number of layers in the OLED stacks will be reduced, it will save 20-40% organic materials, leading to significant savings throughout the whole value chain.
Special properties of TADF molecular hosts and novel shielded fluorescence emitters will also improve OLED performance, and will eliminate the need for expensive and rare metals like iridium or platinum