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Awardee:LIGHT AND CHARGE SOLUTIONS, LLC
Doing Business As Name:LIGHT AND CHARGE SOLUTIONS, LLC
PD/PI:
  • Margaret Kocherga
  • (980) 272-1406
  • lightandchargesolutions@gmail.com
Co-PD(s)/co-PI(s):
  • Thomas A Schmedake
Award Date:05/13/2021
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 256,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 256,000
  • FY 2021=$256,000
Start Date:05/15/2021
End Date:04/30/2022
Transaction Type:Grant
Agency:NSF
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:STTR Phase I: Printable electron transport layers (PrETLs) for organic electronics
Federal Award ID Number:2105931
DUNS ID:122418389
Program:STTR Phase I
Program Officer:
  • Steven Konsek
  • (703) 292-7021
  • skonsek@nsf.gov

Awardee Location

Street:9312 ROBERT D SNYDER RD SUITE 20
City:CHARLOTTE
State:NC
ZIP:28223-0001
County:Charlotte
Country:US
Awardee Cong. District:

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:LIGHT AND CHARGE SOLUTIONS, LLC
Street:
City:
State:NC
ZIP:28223-0001
County:Charlotte
Country:US
Cong. District:12

Abstract at Time of Award

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project is the development of printable electron transport layer (PrETL) materials to greatly simplify the production of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) and significantly lower their manufacturing cost. OLEDs are found in an increasingly broad range of commercial products, such as televisions, portable devices, automotive lighting, flexible luminaries, and displays. Current commercial OLED manufacturing technologies typically require methods that are expensive, energy intensive, and slow. The biggest barrier preventing the transition from thermal evaporation to printable technologies has been a lack of commercially available printable electron transport layers. The adoption of PrETL technology will allow manufacturers to eliminate the thermal evaporation steps and enable fully-printed OLEDs at a fraction of the cost of current devices. This development will spur further penetration of OLEDs throughout the lighting and display market, providing the benefits of improved energy-efficiency, reduced eye-strain, flexible forms, minimal heat production, and lower cost device. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project addresses the lack of efficient, long-lifetime, printable electron transport layers (PrETLs) for organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The objectives of this project are to demonstrate the feasibility of PrETLs and PrETL-enabled, fully printed OLEDs. The innovative PrETLs developed here rely on a solution processable hexacoordinate silicon-based scaffold, that can be synthetically tuned to the electronic and material needs of the manufacturer. The Phase I project will develop PrETL thin films for material and electronic testing and for building prototype OLEDs enabled by PrETLs. The ultimate anticipated outcome of the proposed Phase I research will be a fully printed PrETL-enabled OLED with an external quantum efficiency greater than 10% and a lifetime of 10,000 hours at 1,000 nit brightness. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

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