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U.S. Department of Energy honours PPG scientists for advances in OLED lighting


April 1, 2013
By PPG Industries

oled-lighting-01Apr. 15, 2013–PPG Industries has been recognized by the US Department of Energy for “significant achievements” in advancing organic light-emitting diode lighting technology. Dennis O’Shaughnessy, PPG associate director for flat glass research and development, accepted the award on behalf of the PPG team during the 2013 Solid-State Lighting Research and Development Workshop in Long Beach, Calif.

oled-lighting-01Apr. 15, 2013–PPG Industries has been
recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for “significant achievements” in
advancing organic light-emitting diode lighting technology. Dennis
O’Shaughnessy, PPG associate director for flat glass research and
development, accepted the award on behalf of the PPG team during the 2013
Solid-State Lighting Research and Development  Workshop in Long Beach, Calif.

PPG’s advances are the result of a two-year project initiated with the DOE in
2010 to promote the commercialization and mass production of OLED lighting. The
PPG team led by Abhinav Bhandari, PhD, project engineer, has demonstrated a
float glass-based integrated substrate with scalable light-extraction
technologies and transparent conductive films for OLED lighting applications.

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The results indicate significant cost and performance advantages over
conventional indium tin oxide-coated display-grade glass substrates. PPG’s
light-extraction technologies are compatible with the conventional float glass manufacturing
process and result in significant enhancement of device efficiencies, according
to O’Shaughnessy.

Dick Beuke, PPG vice-president, flat glass, said the new glass substrate is one
of several major initiatives PPG is advancing to reduce energy use in the US.

“At PPG, we are proud to be developing glass technologies to make OLED lighting
more viable for mass use,” he said. “This research enhances and complements the
work our scientists are doing in architectural glass and coatings to make homes
and buildings more energy efficient, and in solar technology to help that
industry achieve grid parity.”

Mehran Arbab, PhD, PPG director, glass science and technology, said, “OLED
lights have the potential to emit four times as much light per watt as incandescent
bulbs. Widespread commercial use of this technology could significantly reduce
energy use in homes, buildings and workplaces.”

PPG was the only company honored in the OLED lighting area at the three-day
workshop, which brought together nearly 300 researchers, manufacturers and
industry insiders who are promoting and monitoring the latest developments in
SSL technology. The DOE supports SSL research and development efforts to accelerate market
introduction of high-efficiency, high-performance SSL products. Its mission for
the SSL research and development portfolio is to “create a new, US-led market for high
efficiency, general illumination products through the advancement of
semiconductor technologies, to save energy, reduce costs and enhance the
quality of the lighted environment.”

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