Fuentek's Tech Transfer Blog

New Tech Enables Color E-Paper, Flexible Electronics, and More

Kolon Industries, Inc.—one of Fuentek’s technology transfer clients—has developed a transparent, flexible, colorless polyimide material that will revolutionize a wide range of electronics applications. And attendees at next week’s 10th Annual Flexible Electronics and Displays show in Phoenix, Arizona will have a chance to see it and consider bringing this technology into the U.S.

Now, I realize that when I talk about Kolon’s colorless polyimide material, it’s not completely clear what the implications are for this technology. So let me tell you, we’re talking about:

  • Color e-paper, so imagine having a flexible e-book with color pictures.
  • Flexible liquid crystal displays (LCDs), so imagine rolling up your laptop to fit into a tube.
  • Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), which are used in portable DVD and other media players.

Kolon’s colorless polyimide material could even be used to improve the organic photovoltaics (OPVs) used in solar panels as well as the solar sails, antennas, and reflectors that NASA and other aerospace companies use in space. In fact, Kolon’s material is based on technology initially developed at NASA.

So if you like the sound of this and you’re going to be at 2011FLEX, be sure to stop by Kolon’s booth so we can talk about how you can:

  • Purchase customized rolls of Kolon’s material up to 600 mm (23.6 inches) wide, taking advantage of Kolon’s 1 million–m2 production capacity or
  • Collaborate with Kolon’s experts to enhance this unique material’s barrier, surface smoothness, and birefringence properties or
  • Manufacture this cutting-edge material as a joint venture with Kolon.

See you at 2011FLEX!

–By Laura Schoppe