FlexTech Alliance Announces 2011 FLEXI Award Winners, Recognizes Flexible, Printed Electronics and Display Industry Achievements

(Nanowerk News) FlexTech Alliance today announced the recipients of the 2011 FLEXI Awards. FLEXI nominations are open to all organizations involved with the flexible, printed electronics and displays industry. The awards celebrate and recognize people, companies and organizations that are leading the development of this emerging industry with innovative and commercially viable technologies. E Ink, Polyera, and the Imperial College of London were recognized for significant contributions to innovation, R&D, and leadership in education. Awards were presented at the 10th Annual Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference held February 7- 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.
E-Ink was the recipient of the FLEXI Innovation Award. Entries for this award were considered based on the most innovative flexible and/or printed electronics product launched in the last twelve months. Judging criteria included product design & ingenuity, overall market adoption, and successful revenue generation. E Ink won the award for its global innovation of electrophoretic displays in the flexible display industry. In July 2010 E Ink announced their next generation display technology, E Ink Pearl™, which features the whitest reflective display in the industry with a contrast ratio approximately 50 percent greater than previous products. In November 2010, E Ink announced the launch of their first commercially available color product, E Ink Triton™, which features 16 levels of grayscale, and is capable of displaying thousands of colors. The award was accepted by E Ink's Vice President of Research & Advanced Development, Dr. Michael McCreary.
Polyera was the recipient of the FLEXI R&D Award. Entries for this award were considered based on world-class research, technologically outstanding and original product development, and new significant commercial potential for implementation into flexible or printed electronics. Judging was based on the vision of how entrants show their ability to identify and solve a real problem, and their determination to bring it to reality. Polyera, a supplier of functional materials for the printed and flexible electronics industry, has been a leading player in the development of these materials, in particular pioneering the development of high-performance, user-friendly n-type semiconductor materials. These materials not only represent a significant technical breakthrough by demonstrating the viability of high-performing n-type organic semiconductors, but also a commercial one by enabling the development of organic complementary circuitry (which require both n- and p-type materials). Polyera's molecular materials have been used to fabricate the first inkjet-printed CMOS inverters, and their polymers have been used in the development of the first fully-printed complementary circuits operating in ambient conditions. The award was accepted by Polyera's Assistant General Manager, Brendan Florez.
The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Plastic Electronics, Imperial College London (ICL) was the recipient of the Technology Leadership in Education Award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding contributions to the flexible and printed electronics industry through education. Nominees are institutions or individuals that have created courses of education or training essential to building a successful flexible, printed electronics and displays industry. Judging was based on the quality of education, practical applicability, number of students completing the course, and degree of focus on flexible, printed electronics. One challenge in achieving the requisite training environment for Flexible Electronics education is the breadth of disciplines that this area involves and requires, including materials physics, optoelectronics, physical chemistry, device engineering/modeling, and design, synthesis and processing of molecular electronic materials. The Imperial College DTC meets this challenge by having aggressively invested in the broad field of Flexible Electronics that resulted in appointments in Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. The education program commenced in September 2009 with the goal to train no less than 80 young scientists and engineers over the period of the coming 8 years in "Plastic Electronics". The award was accepted by Dr. Natalie Stingelin, Senior Lecturer in Functional Organic Materials, Imperial College Centre for Plastic Electronics.
About the FlexTech Alliance
The FlexTech Alliance is the only organization headquartered in North America exclusively devoted to fostering the growth, profitability and success of the electronic display and the flexible, printed electronics supply chain. FlexTech Alliance offers expanded collaboration between and among industry, academia, government, and research organizations for advancing displays and flexible, printed electronics from R&D to commercialization. To this end, the FlexTech Alliance, based in San Jose, Calif., will help foster development of the supply chain required to support a world-class, manufacturing capability for displays and flexible, printed electronics. More information about the FlexTech Alliance can be found at the industry portal: www.flextech.org.
Source: FlexTech Alliance (press release)
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