Low Cost, Scalable Manufacturing of Microlens Engineered Substrates (MLES) for Enhanced Light Extraction in OLED Devices

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$99,997.00
Program:
STTR
Contract:
N/A
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000161
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2010
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
94614
Solicitation Topic Code:
09 b
Small Business Information
Sinmat Inc.
2153 SE Hawthorne Road, Ste 124 (Box 2), Gainesville, FL, 32641
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
024935517
Principal Investigator
 Purushottam Kumar
 Dr.
 (352) 334-7270
 pkumar@sinmat.com
Business Contact
 Deepika Singh
Title: Dr.
Phone: (352) 334-7237
Email: singh@sinmat.com
Research Institution
 University of Florida
 Franky So
 156 Rhines Hall
PO Box 116400
Gainesville, FL, 32611
 (352) 846-3790
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Solid state lighting is being promoted as the ultimate lamps of future. Though the internal quantum efficiency of OLED devices is almost 100%, external efficiency is a mere 36% mainly because of poor light out-coupling (~40%) from the device. Improvement in light out-coupling to >70% and further reducing the manufacturing cost will rapidly accelerate the commercialization of the OLED technology. The development of large meter scale non-vacuum manufacturing methods that address light out-coupling at both substrate interfaces is necessary to address this problem. Sinmat proposes a novel low cost method to create microlens engineered substrates that is expected to show significant enhancement in out-coupling efficiency, while reducing manufacturing cost. Commercial Application and Other Benefits: Lighting consumes >20% of the total electricity generated in the US and nearly 30% of electricity used in commercial and residential buildings. Proposed technology would increase the efficiency of OLEDs by 3 fold from ~50 lm/W to 150 lm/W which will be twice the efficiency of compact fluorescent lamps. Commercialization of solid state lighting technology will lead to substantial energy saving and environmental benefits to the nation.

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