In what could be a new turning point OLED research, students at the University of Toronto have effectively made a significant breakthrough by printing flexible plastic OLED displays. Plastic OLED printing may be seen rendering applications of OLED more versatile and credible. Its application will include electronic advertisements to interior decorations in our living rooms.
That could also mean that we might soon get to see glowing curtains or wallpaper that swap the need for lights. It may sound like a sci-fi movie, but with technology evolving at a faster rate, we can expect this in near future.
The University of Toronto claims that they are hub to the world’s most efficient OLEDs, or organic light-emitting diodes, that are printed on plastic. Glass is widely used to print OLED’s for use on the monitors or picture frame displays.
Printing OLED’s on plastic has its advantages, as the later being flexible, unlike the rigid and fragile, heavy glass. With plastic entering the game, surfaces will be more bendable and cheaper.
Heavy-metal doped glass is used typically to print the OLEDs. This process is expensive, as the product is heavy and fragile. Plastic printing will improve the energy efficiency and diversity.
However, technology is now in its early stages, and we hope researchers would devise technologies to work on larger scales.
The University also claims that the first high-efficiency OLED on plastic displays performances comparable with that of the best glass-based OLEDs, all the while securing the benefits offered by using plastic.
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