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Graphene to realise flexible organic light emitting diode displays

Flexible Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays could be realised by using graphene as a transparent, highly conductive layer, under research by the University of Cambridge.

In cooperation with University of Cambridge plastic electronics spin-out firm Plastic Logic, the University’s Graphene Centre aims to develop graphene as a transparent, highly conductive layer for plastic backplanes. These backplanes are used in OLEDs. The market for OLED is expected to be worth $40bn by 2020. Plastic Logic has donated large scale deposition equipment to the Centre to support the acceleration of manufacturing scale-up of developments on graphene.

‘The mission of our Centre is to investigate the science and technology of graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials,’ said the Cambridge Graphene Centre’s director, Professor Andrea C. Ferrari. He added: ‘We welcome Plastic Logic as one of our strategic partners. Graphene and related materials are ideally suited for applications in flexible electronics, and this strong synergy with a world-leading Cambridge-based company can accelerate exploitation.’

The Cambridge Graphene Centre is to investigate the science and technology of graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials. Plastic Logic produces organic thin-film transistors and has been researching plastic electronics since the company was founded by researchers from the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University.

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