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Universal Display Nabs DoE Grant for White OLEDs

EWING, N.J., Dec. 3, 2012 — Universal Display Corp. will develop cost-effective outcoupling enhancement for energy-efficient, thin-form-factor white organic LED lighting panels under a US Department of Energy (DoE) grant.

The outcoupling techniques — which increase the amount of light emitted from an OLED lighting panel — will be evaluated and demonstrated under the $149,997 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program “Novel Low Cost Single Layer Outcoupling Solution for OLED Lighting.” Universal Display said its novel single-layer approach has the potential to increase the light extraction by greater than a factor of two.

“Our UniversalPholed technology and material play a critical role in making white OLEDs an important energy-saving lighting technology by increasing the amount of electrical energy that is converted into light by a factor of four. A key remaining challenge has been to develop a cost-effective technique to double the amount of that light that emits through the surface of the OLED panel,” said President and CEO Steven V. Abramson. “With novel thin and lightweight form factors, energy-efficient white OLED lighting may create a myriad of opportunities for new product designs and lighting applications and play a meaningful role in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions in the US and around the world.”

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