Printed electronics, for example in solar cells, sensors or displays, are becoming increasingly popular on the mass market. Apart from the possibility of new functions and designs, productive deposition methods and the flexible materials used promise significant reductions in production costs.
Flexible OLED of Fraunhofer COMEDD, built upon and encapsulated with functional films of Fraunhofer POLO
The short lifetime of the products has often been an obstacle to their widespread commercialization up to now. The main reason for this is the high sensitivity of the electronic functional materials inside the devices, which can be damaged by water vapor and oxygen.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP in Dresden develops vacuum processes to productively seal polymer films roll-to-roll with so-called high-barrier and functional layers. A standard polymer film would allow large amounts of water vapor and oxygen to pass through. Permeation barrier layers prevent gas diffusion and thus protect the active, organic materials. In addition to the barrier function, the film can also be enhanced through further, application-related functional layers. For example, the optical properties of the film can be adapted or transparent electrodes can be added on top of a barrier stack.
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