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Flexible Glass for Flexible Electronics

Posted By ASC, Monday, May 18, 2015
Updated: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Three German companies are collaborating to make flexible glass electronics. The goal is to create ultra-thin, flexible glass that is laminated with adhesive tape that adds functional layers. For example, the laminating layers could hold in place organic electronics. The three companies participating are SCHOTT AG, tesa SE, and VON ARDENNE GmbH. tesa® barrier tapes will create a hermetic encapsulation for electronics components. The adhesive tape can provide full surface encapsulation, and the hope is that this technology can be developed to protect sensitive organic electronics from oxygen and humidity. The adhesive tape layer would also prevent lateral diffusion of encapsulated liquids or gasses. Glass is an excellent top ultra-barrier because it is chemically impermeable and does not have pin holes. A major goal of the collaboration is to create the next generations of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Ultimately flexible glass only 25 to 150 microns thick could be available as rolls with adhesive for lamination or laminated OLEDs for use in the manufacture of consumer electronics.

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