Introducing…the Elastic Organic Light-Emitting Device (OLED)
Imagine this: a smartphone screen that doubles in size, stretching like rubber, OR an electronic display nearly as clear as a window, OR a curtain that illuminates a room.
Researchers from UCLA have developed a transparent, elastic organic light-emitting device (aka OLED) that could one day make these ideas possible.
“Our new material is the building block for fully stretchable electronics for consumer devices," said Qibing Pei, a UCLA professor of materials science and engineering. "Along with the development of stretchable thin-film transistors, we believe that fully stretchable interactive OLED displays that are as thin as wallpaper will be achieved in the near future. And this will give creative electronics designers new dimensions to exploit."
The material has a single layer of an electro-luminescent polymer blend sandwiched between a pair of new transparent elastic composite electrodes. These electrodes are made of a network of silver nanowires inlaid into a rubbery polymer.