PNNL Research Recognized for Multilayer Moisture-barrier Coatings
PNNL's "Ultra Barrier Coatings for Flat Panel Displays" developers in 2000. Pictured are (left to right) Charles Bonham, Eric Mast, Mark Gross, Wendy Bennett, Gordon Graff, Mike Hall, and Pete Martin.
The multilayer ultrabarrier technology originally developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) received the 2015 FLEXI award for research and development at the 2015FLEX Annual Industry Dinner and FLEXI Awards ceremony in Monterey, California, on February 25. The flexible, transparent thin film barrier protects moisture- and oxygen-sensitive materials. The awarded Barix® technology was developed initially by Battelle at PNNL, then was advanced at the startup Vitex Systems, and finally at large scale by Samsung.
Important early advances at PNNL included initial demonstration of the concept and theoretical understanding of barrier performance, followed by processing and equipment development at Vitex and Samsung, and finally system performance at Vitex. This innovative technology was critical to the commercialization of a new generation of curved and flexible organic light-emitting diode displays for consumer electronics.
The annual award is bestowed by the FlexTech Alliance, which offers expanded collaboration between and among industry, academia, and research organizations for advancing flexible, printed electronics from R&D to commercialization. Funding for development of this technology was provided by Battelle’s Independent Research and Development program, DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the FlexTech Alliance, and others.
PNNL Research Team: Gordon Graff, Mark Gross, Charlie Bonham, Wendy Bennett, Mac Zumhoff, Bruce Harrer, and Cheryl Cejka, as well as former PNNL staff Eric Mast, Mike Hall, Paul Burrows, Pete Martin, Dean Matson, and Rick Williford