Project Acronym Flexibilis
Project Title Flexible ITO-Free transparent low-cost substrate with high quality barrier layers
Project Start Date 1st March 2013
Project Duration 3 years
Partners’ names and countries CPI Ltd, UK
Teer Coatings Ltd, Miba Coatings Group, UK
University of Bolton, UK
High Tech Coatings, Miba Coatings Group, Austria
NanoTecCenter Weiz, Austria

Project Coordinator:

Name: Phil Hollis

Organization: CPI Ltd

E-mail: philip.hollis@uk-cpi.com

Electronic devices such as Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs) and Organic Photovoltaics (OPVs) are currently fabricated in batches using rigid substrates. Moving to flexible OLEDS and OPVs requires flexible substrates, thin films capable of flexing without performance loss or failure, and materials and processing at an acceptably low price point.

This project investigates electrically conductive film alternatives to the industry-standard Indium Tin Oxide (ITO). These films are called “transparent conductive oxides”, abbreviated to “TCOs”. To enable light to pass through the surface of the devices it is necessary for the film to be transparent as well as conductive. The project also investigates protective surface layers known as barriers, based on flexible plastic as opposed to the traditional layer of glass which is not very flexible. The search for an alternative to Indium Tin Oxide is driven by the scarcity and cost of this material. The driver for an alternative to glass is based on the need for good flexibility.