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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

GA Tech and Solvay: $3M Deal for OLED Research

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ATLANTA , April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) and Solvay announced a $3million deal for OLED research today.

Solvay, an international chemical and pharmaceutical group headquartered in Brussels , Belgium , with units in more than 50 countries and a strong presence in Georgia , has signed a three-year commitment with Georgia Tech to fund research in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

"Solvay's partnership represents a substantial investment in Georgia Techand signifies the company's confidence in Tech's ability to provide end-to-end resources encompassing modeling, synthesis, fabrication and testing," said Seth Marder , director of COPE.

Solvay's commitment to Tech will help fund research in OLEDs, thin-films of organic molecules that give off light when electricity is applied. OLEDs could be used in everything from television and computer monitors to household lighting to handheld computing devices, such as iPods and personal digital assistants.

COPE has already developed a unique material platform for OLEDs that maybe deposited over large areas by ink-jet printing and patterned using standard photolithography. Tech researchers have found that exposing the material to ultraviolet light leads to hardened materials that are insoluble and maintain stability under high temperatures. This allows researchers to build a multi-layered solid-state device from liquid materials.

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