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1 June, 2012 - 15:23 By Tony Quested

TSB backs Plastic Logic innovation

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Plastic Logic, the plastic electronics technology pioneer in Cambridge UK, is spearheading vital projects in a Technology Strategy Board drive to inspire new discoveries and breakthroughs.

It is sharing a £20 million round of TSB funding under the ‘Technology Inspired Innovation’ competition for collaborative research and development related to electronics, photonics and electrical systems.

TSB CEO Iain Gray said effective technology transfer was vital to ensure university and corporate ideas made it big in the commercial arena with a payback in jobs and wealth creation to the UK economy.

Plastic Logic – a Cambridge University Cavendish Laboratory spin-out, will work on two projects relating to organic LEDs. It plans to develop new high-performance amorphous polymers, which have the good carrier mobility needed in display backplanes but are not yet suitable for mass production.

Plastic Logic will also lead a programme aimed at integrating organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) with organic LED frontplanes, with potential applications in future generations of tablet PCs, smartphones and other electronic devices.

Iain Gray said: “The aim of these funding competitions is to stimulate projects inspired by new discoveries and breakthroughs, including ideas that are yet to find specific applications in a recognised market or business sector.”

As Business Weekly has extensively reported recently, Plastic Logic is leading a materials revolution and believes its flexible and rugged displays will see an end to silicon.

It has just quit e-reader production and Cambridge-based CEO Indro Mukerjee says the company is being inundated with requests from potential industrial partners to put the plastic electronics technology at the disposal of a broad array of product innovations.

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