The development of thin-film coating processes for ultra-thin glass and its integration into organic and hybrid electronic devices for the application of this new material in high-tech products are current research areas at Fraunhofer FEP. Since 2013, Fraunhofer FEP has been working on new applications for ultra-thin and flexible glass together with partners SCHOTT AG, VON ARDENNE GmbH and tesa SE within the public funded project KONFEKT (funding project 13N13818). A roll of flexible thin glass, which was coated with highly conductive ITO continuously on 100 meters with roll-to-roll technology, has been presented for the first time.
Also the R&D within the field of OLED microdisplays and sensors made great progress. Fraunhofer FEP’s scientists developed new technologies for energy saving but at the same time high-resolution OLED microdisplays, which are optimal for the use in wearable near-to-eye displays. Furthermore new possibilities for the integration of bidirectional OLED microdisplays in AR- and VR- applications, for optical fingerprint sensors and for the display of 2D- and 3D-content in data eyeglasses have been developed. Organic photodiodes on silicon-CMOS-chips/wafers for the detection within the NIR range with high resolutions have also been presented in 2017.