EXCILIGHT will train 15 early stage researchers (ESRs) for the development and application of exciplex and TADF emitters, who can apply their expertise directly in future positions. The training programme is characterised by a unique innovative and multidisciplinary approach. The 15 PhD students employed in the project will be exposed to individuals and organisations from different sectors, including top scientists from academia and industry, including two manufacturers of light emitting materials and one manufacturer of flexible panels and OLED devices.
Artificial Lighting is a global and growing market. New forms of efficient solid state lighting (SSL) technology are rapidly gaining a major foothold in the market. New OLED technologies can revolutionise both lighting and displays because of their flexible structure and the possibility to tailor their properties, including the colour of emitted light, by modifying their structure. The high demand for flexible SSL lighting will increase the need for very expensive and rare iridium. The EXCILIGHT project aims to explore exciplex emitters and thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) in OLEDs i) to replace currently used Ir complexes, and ii) to show how to easily tune the emitter, resulting in reduced production cost.
The EXCILIGHT network will train 15 ESRs to be the next generation of materials scientists for the development and application of exciplex and TADF emitters. The innovative and multidisciplinary training approach is based on i) a combination of synthesis, characterisation and the formation of real devices for the lighting industry, ii) an appropriate balance between research and transferable skills training, and iii) a strong contribution of the private sector, including leading industry and SMEs through mentoring, courses and secondments.
accelopment is a Partner Organisation in EXCILIGHT. We are involved in three areas of the project – assisting in project management tasks, coordinating the communication and dissemination activities and contributing to the ESR training activities with a Grant writing and a project management course.