The 2021 SID/DSCC Business Conference at DisplayWeek, sponsored by Applied Materials, Corning, GE, OTI, Radiant Vision Systems and TOK, is now a week away. It will feature over 40 different talks on all aspects of the Display industry.
“One of the new sessions this year will cover start-ups and venture capitalists. We are fortunate to have a strategic VC participating along with five C-suite executives,” said Ross Young, DSCC Co-Founder and CEO.
Start-up Session Presenters
The first presenter will be Sumitomo Chemical’s US VC Manager Ian Johnson, who was part of both Sumitomo Chemical and a company it acquired, Cambridge Display Technology (CDT). He is leading technology scouting and new business development in IT-related chemicals and is based in Silicon Valley. He is working with Sumitomo Chemical to identify research groups, start-ups and companies which have the potential to form a strategic partnership with Sumitomo Chemical to create new value together. He will discuss some of the deals they have done, what they are looking for and how they can work with applicable companies.
Dr. Beverly Brown, Chief Scientist, Smartkem. Dr. Brown’s talk is entitled “Towards a Flexible Future.” Smartkem recently raised nearly $25M and incorporated in the US. Dr. Brown has been involved in printed electronics since its inception two decades ago. Her talk will focus on organic semiconductor inks used to fabricate flexible, active matrix OTFT arrays processed at temperatures as low as 80oC. These materials are being designed into flexible display applications, taking them to the next level of performance and enabling applications such as mini-LED backlights for HDR and a variety of other applications. Dr. Brown will outline the chemistry behind the best performing Organic Thin-Film Transistors (OTFTs) in the industry and describe the benefits of this technology in interesting new applications.
Adam Kablanian, CEO, Cynora. Adam’s talk is entitled “Accelerating OLED Emitter Materials Discovery with AI.” According to his abstract, the race to commercialize novel emitters for new-generation OLED displays reached a milestone early this year when CYNORA made test kits available for its TADF-based Deep Green emitter. Known as the cyUltimateGreen™, it is the industry’s first commercial TADF-based product, and the first on CYNORA’s TADF roadmap that includes a Deep Blue emitter. To make its product development model leaner, faster and more targeted, CYNORA pioneered the Generative Exploration Model (GEM), a high-speed materials discovery engine. The GEM leverages the computational capabilities of AI to identify with extreme precision the most useful and relevant molecules from an infinite source of chemical molecules. When combined with the materials expertise and OLED device knowledge of CYNORA’s chemists and device physicists (AKA the Human Intelligence), the GEM enables CYNORA to identify molecules that are not just a theoretical fit, but ones that are chemically “synthesizable” as well. Using the GEM as an example, CYNORA CEO Adam Kablanian will describe AI’s capacity to transform materials research — within the display industry and even beyond. He will explain how it is accelerating CYNORA’s product development initiatives. In addition, with new data to report on the cyUltimateGreen product, he will share an update. Finally, he will detail how CYNORA is applying critical learning from its first TADF-based product to speed development of a TADF-based Blue Emitter.
Junji Adachi, Co-Founder and CSO, Kyulux. Adachi-san’s talk is entitled “Kyumatic, A Materials Informatics System, Accelerates Commercialization of Hyperfluorescence.” According to his abstract, hyperfluorescence (HF) is now widely recognized as the fourth generation of OLED emitting technology. It provides highly efficient and pure color with a narrow emission spectrum without using any rare metals such as iridium and platinum. HF combines thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) and fluorescence to provide four times higher emission efficiency than fluorescence. Kyulux has successfully commercialized the world’s first HF display with its PMOLED partner in 2020. In early 2021, the basic patent of HF had been transferred from Kyushu University to Kyulux, and the company secured sufficient funds for commercialization of HF by its Series B-prime financing round. The company is eagerly collaborating with partners to commercialize HF displays in small and medium size AMOLED display panels.
Kyulux has been developing Kyumatic, a materials informatics system, based on the original system exclusively licensed from Harvard University in 2016. Kyumatic consists of quantum chemistry, machine learning, mass molecular generation, device simulations and experimental date management. It boosts the material development speed by more than ten times. By utilizing Kyumatic, lifetimes of all red, green and blue HFs have been significantly improved by steady molecule development and device structure optimization. The company believes its green and red HF materials have now achieved long enough lifetime for smartphone applications.
The features of HF are further emphasized by using the top emission (TE) device structure compared with the bottom emission (BE) devices. FWHM of TE-HF is narrower than 20 nm. EL performances are from two to four times superior to those of BE-HF. TE-HF enables OLED displays to consume less power consumption and to cover a wide color space required by BT.2020.
Kris Czaplicki, COO, Noctiluca. Kris’s talk is entitled “TADF Materials to Transform the OLED Industry.” According to his abstract, “The current generation of phosphorescence (PHOLED) materials used in the industry has its drawbacks – high cost, shorter life, power hungry and use heavy metals. He will reveal the development of ‘Configurable Emitters’ using Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescent (TADF) and 4th generation (HF) materials that overcomes these limitations to enable tomorrow’s OLED displays and lighting.
Mike Casper, CEO, Azumo. Mike’s talk is entitled “Breakthrough with LCD 2.0: Front Lit Reflective LCDs.” According to his abstract, Azumo’s lightguide system enables more out of LCDs, including best-in-class front lit reflective LCDs and flexible backlights for flexible LCDs. He will discuss how Azumo’s technology is enabling these exciting developments to help LCD differentiate into the future.