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Published on : Mar 10, 2016

Organic electronics refer to the segment of material science that deals with design, synthesis, application, and characterization of organic small molecules. Lately, the organic electronics market has been witnessing rapid growth owing to the extensive usage of organic electronics across various applications such as organic radiofrequency, displays, organic sensors, printed batteries, radiofrequency identification tags, organic photovoltaics, organic lighting, and logic and memory. The displays segment has been dominating the overall market presently. In the displays segment including smartphones display, photovoltaics, and transistor technologies, organic electronics have been commercialized successfully. In the coming years, the demand for organic electronics from the displays segment is expected to surge with growing adoption of OLED displays. OLED displays are high in demand due to high-speed performance, low energy consumption, and sharp display features.

Ultra Barrier Films for Organic Electronics Developed by Fraunhofer Institute

In the field of organic electronics, the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV has developed novel ultra barrier films. These barrier films would encapsulate organic electronics. Presently, the process of coating films by atomic layer deposition, better known as ALD technology, is being developed at the institute. The ALD technology is highly efficient in the production of ultra barrier films. The processing speed of the technology is at par with the current vacuum processes that are used to manufacture the highest barrier films. In a statement, the institute has revealed that lowering the permeability of oxygen and water vapour is essential for successful optimization of high barrier films. The new technology developed by the institute will be provided for publicly funded research and development projects. This will provide customized solutions to the industry along with research and development services in the area of process and material development. At the international LOPEC fair to be organized in Munich in April this year, these ultra barrier films will be exhibited.