The “DPG-Technologietransferpreis” (DPG Technology Transfer Award) was be presented for the first time ever at the 80th annual meeting and spring meeting of the DPG in Regensburg.
“The DPG award honors these three institutions because they succeeded in developing scientific findings in the field of technologies and organic materials for the commercial production of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) in an outstanding way,” the DPG jury explained their selection.
Novaled GmbH, spin off from TUD IAPP, has specialized in improving the performance of OLEDs, organic solar cells and other organic electronics with great international success. The company is the sole supplier of doping materials for the mass production of OLED displays. The technologies and materials from Dresden can be found today in most of the world’s smartphones, tablets and televisions using an OLED display.
“The Technology Transfer Award is a great confirmation of our work,” said Dr. Jan Blochwitz-Nimoth, Novaled’s founder and CSO.
In the case of Novaled, the technologies were developed at the IAPP at TUD. The researchers doped (“vaccinated”) certain layers in OLEDs and other organic electronics with materials that make them more performing and energy-saving. The company that resulted from this approach, Novaled, which wss acquired by Samsung in 2013, has gone on to develop further technologies and materials and was able to increase the originally purchased five basic patents to more than 500. The company was so successful that it has grown from four founders to 140 employees in 2014 with revenues of €42.3 million in 2014.