Employs Surface Energy Control to Create Precise Patterns in Solution-Processed Electrodes and Semiconductor Films
This solution processing allows for precise and fine patterning of electrodes and semiconducting films that are inexpensive to produce and can be used in high performance optoelectronic devices. This patterning and transferring process could benefit devices using organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and light emitting diodes (LED). OLEDs and LEDs are used in smart phones, televisions, tablet displays and wearable electronics. With growing demands for flexible and cheaper consumer electronics, the market for OLED manufacturing is expected to reach $20 billion by 2020. Available solution processes to form transparent conducting electrodes, such as vapor deposition and ion sputtering, are commonly used to power displays in complex integrated circuits. However, these processes require excessive energy and expensive materials to produce, proving costly to manufacturers and consumers alike. Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a low-cost and efficient selective patterning and transferring process for electrodes and semiconducting films. These processes achieve patterned, flexible, and heat tolerant complex electrode or semiconducting film products.
ApplicationsSelective patterning for solution-processed semiconducting films and electrodes
- Produces a solution-processed film on a variety of substrates, allowing for use even on substrates that cannot withstand high temperatures
- Creates precise and complex patterns on surface, outperforming available options