International chemical and pharmaceutical group Solvay has signed an agreement to join Holst Centre's technology integration program on Printed Organic Lighting and Signage. Together, Solvay and Holst Centre will investigate the use of solution processes to cut costs and increase throughput for the manufacture of small-molecule organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Solvay has been working with Holst Centre since October 2008 as part of the Systems in Foil technology program, focussing on semiconductor materials for organic circuitry. The new deal, which will initially run for three years, looks at new materials and solution processes to replace the vacuum techniques currently used in making high-efficiency, multi-layer OLEDs. Solvay is one of the first materials suppliers to invest in solutions processes, such as printing and coating, for small-molecule OLEDs.
"With its extensive materials expertise, I'm very happy to have Solvay as a partner. This agreement will allow us to focus more effort on solution processes for small-molecule OLEDs, bringing a new generation of cost-effective, flexible display and lighting applications a step closer," said Ton van Mol, Holst Centre's Program Manager for Printed Organic Lighting and Signage.