Next week, January 29-31 2013, the Department of Energy will host its annual Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop – this time in Long Beach, CA. It will mainly focus on the remaining challenges for R&D, currently holding back solid-state lighting to become a success in the US and worldwide. It is a very interesting event, where it is possible to meet all the makers in the industry. Personally, it gives me the unique chance to look at the lighting technology from a totally different perspective.
On January 30, I will be discussing the current problems, OLED-related R&D is facing that slows down the progress towards substantial market entry. These problems need to be overcome to accelerate the performance improvement of OLED-based lighting solutions. This is especially important in light of the tremendous progress inorganic LEDs have seen in the last years. Soon, inorganic LEDs, and possibly them only, will penetrate the market so broadly and aggressively, leaving no space to breath for white organic light-emitting diodes, despite their inherent elegance. In my view, it is especially important to tighten the focus of the research part of OLED R&D, to establish a common device platform that is manageable for all partners and of interest for leading industrial partners, and to install a continuous feedback loop from industry back to research level partners.
I am looking forward to be there and hope for insightful discussions.