ENP Newswire -
Release date- 14082014 - Ludwigshafen,
The total investment of the financing round was
SmartKem is a leader in research and development of high performance organic semiconductor inks. These inks are used in printed thin film transistors (TFTs), which drive unbreakable and fully flexible electronics, for example leading-edge flexible OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) displays.
'The future belongs to flexible displays. First flexible smartphones are already in the market. Customers will benefit from a lot of useful lightweight, fully flexible and rollable electronics products based on organic TFTs. Our investment in SmartKem and our extensive Joint Development Program will take us a great step forward in bringing this future-oriented technology faster to the market,' said
Thin film transistors are part of the driver electronics in today's displays. They have the function to switch pixels on and off. Established display technologies based on inorganic TFT materials (e.g. silicon or metal oxide systems) are processed on glass at high temperatures.
When it comes to true flexibility, conventional TFT systems reach their boundaries. Organic thin film transistors are inherently much more flexible and can be processed on plastic films, since they are printable at low temperatures. Furthermore, printing TFTs has the potential to make the whole production process much more efficient, including possible cost reductions.
SmartKem is a leading supplier of high performance organic semiconductor inks for the manufacture of printed TFTs. SmartKem's inks can be processed on flexible and lightweight plastic substrates to enable rugged and truly flexible electronics. The drawback of commercial TFTs is the need for high annealing temperatures during the production process to reach full performance. This works on glass but not effectively on plastic.
SmartKem's core offering responds to the demand for unbreakable and flexible electronics that can be produced efficiently. SmartKem has an unrivalled pipeline of new inks that are under evaluation by various industry-known partners. The business model is focused on delivering expertise in molecular design, synthesis, application engineering and technology transfer to customers.
Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.
Tel: +49 621 60-41040
Most Popular Stories
- Businesses, Investors Pressing for Green Policy
- 'The Voice' Sounds Different This Season
- Congress Casts a Coy Vote on ISIS War
- Investors Fret Yahoo's Future, Stock Dips
- E-scrap Recyclers Find Profits in Upgrades
- Lower Used-Car Prices Roil the Auto Industry
- At Groupon, Not a Good Deal of Workplace Diversity
- Utah Hosts US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Meeting
- Porn Lovers Get a New Search Engine
- NSHMBA to Rebrand With New Name, Logo