Photonics Public Private Partnership

An EU funded project to develop the supply chain and production methodologies for the next generation of lighting products

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Lifetime (hrs) 800 5000 5000 50000 20000
Efficiency (lm/W) 8-10 20-30 50-60 60-80 40-100


Effective lighting is essential for daily life, but replacements for the incandescent lamp that has been phased out are not ideal; CFLs contain mercury and inorganic LEDs have poor colour rendering index owing to significant UV/blue emission and increasing the risk of cancer. Warm, candle-like white colour with high efficiency is possible with OLED lighting. Moreover, OLEDs are free of UV, toxic materials and flickering. In addition, OLEDs have high CRI and most of the components can be recycled. They also permit novel design features and new form factors.

Participating in project has allowed partners to understand the benefits of OLED and the future of energy efficient lighting. It is clear that the main tangible benefits to the end user are even light dispersion and space utilisation. The software and hardware development work carried out during the project can be exploited further for customer and product development.

What has the project achieved:

WOLED demonstrators

AIXTRON involved in qualification of G8.5 OVPD equipment with OLED manufacturer. Developing an entire assembly of equipment to manufacture transparent electrode (PEDOT), OLED stack and encapsulation (parylene)

M&S designed and built a number of OLED prototype lamps. Intending to subcontract manufacture OLED panels for lighting in clothing stores

Beneq secured the sale of two ALD machines. PEALD shown to give faster deposition of metal oxide barrier, thus increasing productivity and enabling widespread acceptance by OLED manufacturers. Large area spatial ALD equipment developed in Flexolighting to be supplied to OLED manufacturers

Brunel invented patentable hole injectors and transporters available for licensing. In leveraging knowledge gained in developing OLED materials, processing and device architectures, Brunel is offering its facilities to SMEs to develop lighting products. OLED lighting will be incorporated into design and engineering MSc course in 2019. Commercialisation of LE film being pursued with film manufacturer

Tata Steel exploring commercial potential of graphene film and planarization layer.

Flexolighting Advantage

Diagram of Opportunities


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Brunel University London
Marks and Spencer
TATA Steel Europe
Robinson Brothers