Novaled founders nominated for German Future Award 2011

Novaled founders nominated for German Future Award 2011

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According to a press release of the award committee, the team has driven extraordinary developments in the field of organic LEDs. The three scientists – professor Karl Leo of the Dresden Technical University, Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth and Martin Pfeiffer – have found specific organic dopant materials which made it possible to triple the efficiency of OLEDs. At the same time, these dopants were instrumental in significantly improving the service life of large-area OLEDs. According to a Novaled spokesperson, today a service life of some 100.000 operating hours is realistic. The technology developed by Novaled today is used for the production of a new generation of flat panel displays as well as for energy saving lighting applications. The technology can also be used in the production of power-efficient solar cells, Novaled said.

The research in question has been conducted at the Dresden Technical University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems, also based in Dresden. The project has been nominated for the German Future Award by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the National Academy of Sciences.

 The second candidate for the German Future Award are a team from carmaker Daimler which has developed a system called 6D vision which is based on a stereo camera along with the respective algorithms that can detect potential dangers for car drivers – playing children besides the road with a potentially hazardous motion vector, for instance.

The third candidate is a research project aiming at increasing the efficiency of PV cells through stacking of multiple cells. This project has been conducted by Soitec Solar GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, and AZUR Space Solar Power GmbH.


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