L A M P - LASER INDUCED SYNTHESIS OF POLYMERIC NANOCOMPOSITE MATERIALS AND DEVELOPMENT OF MICRO-PATTERNED HYBRID LIGHT EMITTING DIODES (LED) AND TRANSISTORS (LET)
Vision & Aim
The overall goal of the LAMP project is to develop a new method for making light-emitting devices, using laser micro-patterning to generate quantum dots (QDs), giving new high performing materials for organic light-emitting transistors (OLETs) and diodes (OLEDs).
Currently OLEDs are made either by depositing, small organic molecules by evaporation through a shadow mask, or by depositing polymers from solution by processes such as inkjet printing. However, these techniques have several drawbacks, e.g. material wasting (evaporation), expensive apparatus (vacuum chambers for evaporation), use of lithographic processes or masks for patterning (inkjet or evaporation).
The LAMP project will demonstrate how OLEDs containing QDs can be produced without the use of any shadow mask or inkjet methodology decreasing the industrial costs and improving the light-emitting efficiency.
The potential impact of the project in scientific and industrial terms is based on the innovation for the production of QDLEDs. QDs are already used mixed with polymer, but their selective direct formation on the polymer matrix can enhance the efficiency and lifetime of the device. In addition the use of the laser technology will be a real step ahead for industry because it applies laser technology, which is a well established technological platform in industry.
The LAMP consortium gathers 7 groups belonging to five different countries, and it has been built with the scope to cover not only the expertise needed for the project, namely materials synthesis, materials laser processing teams and device developers, but also to recruit research groups actively working in the field of LED research and manufacturing.
The LAMP project proposes a new method to apply nanotechnologies in the field of low energy consumption light production. The project combines three main ideas: nanoparticles for light emission, laser action to produce them and solid state light production.