NUS & BASF To Use Graphene In Organic Electronic Devices

Researchers at NUS and BASF will jointly develop the use of graphene in organic electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes.

AsianScientist (Jan. 24, 2014) – Researchers at the National University of Singapore and BASF will jointly develop the use of graphene in organic electronic devices such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED).

The goal of this collaboration is to interface graphene films with organic electronic materials for the creation of more efficient and more flexible lighting devices.

“Our motto at GRC is ‘Inventing the Future’ and the combination of graphene from GRC and organic materials from BASF is the perfect way to research possibilities that have not been explored before and can lead to transformative technology. We are working towards a bright future where clean energy can be harvested, transported and stored in efficient ways, in order to be used to create a better and healthier living for all of us,” said Professor Antonio Castro Neto, director of the Graphene Research Center.

The NUS team at GRC will be responsible for the synthesis and characterization of the graphene. The researchers have already developed a patent-pending methodology for the reliable growth and transfer of high-quality graphene films onto different flexible substrates that can be used in solar cells and lighting panels. BASF develops and provides organic active materials that allow for its integration into devices.

“Graphene is a potentially important component in the future of lighting and low-weight energy storage. Through this cooperation, we aim to greatly advance the performance of graphene-based next generation organic electronic devices,” said Dr. Kitty Cha, a graphene research scientist at BASF who is managing the project.

For the OLED project, the researchers aim to develop a robust process of transferring and incorporating graphene in OLED devices. The researchers have to first overcome the key challenge of working with atomically thin films of graphene and interfacing these films efficiently with organic materials. If successful, incorporating graphene into OLED and other devices based on electronically active organic materials will allow for inexpensive, flexible and more efficient gadgets to be made.


Source: National University of Singapore; Photo: CORE-Materials/Flickr/CC.
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