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13 October, 2015 - 10:06 By Kate Sweeney

FlexEnable spearheads flexible electronics breakthrough

Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable

FlexEnable, the Cambridge business leading the development and industrialisation of flexible electronics, has come up trumps in a £1 million project funded by Innovate UK.

The company successfully validated a new class of high performance organic semiconductors in programme.

It combined materials developed by Flexink with FlexEnable’s proprietary industrial process for making flexible electronics and culminated in a proof of concept plastic LCD display.

The project, Printable Organic Semiconductors for Highly Enhanced Displays (PORSCHED), is part of the UK government’s bid to inspire technological innovation in the areas of electronics, photonics and electrical systems.

FlexEnable collaborated with partners Flexink, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, each bringing expertise in the area of organic semiconductors, from materials to device testing and optimisation.

The main objective was to create an organic semiconductor that would ensure excellent film uniformity for large-area, flat panel displays.

Proof of the performance of this semiconductor is seen in the plastic LCD display demonstrator fabricated at FlexEnable.

Chuck Milligan, CEO of FlexEnable (pictured above) said: “Cutting edge organic semiconductors combined with our industrially proven process and toolkit for flexible electronics have resulted in a high performance transistor platform – as demonstrated by its ability to drive full colour video rate plastic LCD.

“High volume manufacturing for flexible electronics requires semiconductors not only with sufficient mobility, but also with uniformity over large areas and electrical stability.

“Organic Semiconductors processed at low temperatures enable the use of ultra low cost plastic substrates – even cheaper than glass – and make conformable, flexible, thin and light weight displays possible – transforming where and how we use electronics in our daily lives.”

FlexEnable’s technology platform enables new mobile and wearable products as well as sensor arrays and structural electronics that bring an extra dimension to the Internet of Things. 
Customers include OEMs, component manufacturers and materials suppliers. 

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