PPG Industries has been recognised by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for ‘significant achievements’ in advancing organic light-emitting diode (OLED) lighting technology.

Dennis O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D., PPG Associate Director for flat glass research and development, accepted the award on behalf of the PPG team during the 2013 Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Research and Development (R&D) Workshop in Long Beach, California.

PPG’s advances are the result of a two-year project initiated with the DOE in 2010 to promote the commercialisation and mass production of OLED lighting. The PPG team led by Abhinav Bhandari, Ph.D., Project Engineer, has demonstrated a float glass-based integrated substrate with scalable light-extraction technologies and transparent conductive films for OLED lighting applications.

The results indicate cost and performance advantages over conventional indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated display-grade glass substrates.

Dick Beuke, PPG Vice President, flat glass, said the new glass substrate is one of several major initiatives the company is advancing to reduce energy use in the USA: “At PPG, we are proud to be developing glass technologies to make OLED lighting more viable for mass use,” he said. “This research enhances and complements the work our scientists are doing in architectural glass and coatings to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, and in solar technology to help that industry achieve grid parity.”