German consortium to invest €9.1 million in ELQ-LED research

February 01, 2018 // By Julien Happich
Merck, OSRAM OLED, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research, the University of Augsburg, Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, and Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg have joined forces as partners along the organic electronics value chain in order to demonstrate the basic applicability of quantum materials in lighting.

Merck is to lead the newly launched project "Exploration of quantum materials – New paths to realizing innovative optoelectronic components (ELQ-LED)” to conduct basic research on quantum materials as light sources

With a focus on new cadmium-free quantum materials for the elaboration of electroluminescent quantum materials-based light-emitting diode (ELQ-LED), the project will receive € 5.5 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) while the total budget of the project amounts to € 9.1 million.

With quantum materials used as the emitters, the benefits of energy efficient high image quality slim OLED displays are to be further exploited, while simultaneously reducing costs and optimizing colour spectra.

Quantum materials offer even greater colour intensity, which can be controlled by the particle size. In this research project, cadmium (a toxic metal) is deliberately not being used in order to preserve the safety of OLEDs.

In addition to conducting research on quantum materials, the partners plan to test and develop components, processes, matrix materials, transport materials, and inks following a comprehensive approach.

All components are to be completely printable to save resources during production. The printed parts will be tested in display and automotive tail light demonstrators. The research project is scheduled to run for three years, ending in summer 2020.

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