Further information: In recent years there has been a substantial increase in research relevant to the fabrication of opto-electronic devices on inexpensive flexible substrates. The media have excited consumers with the notion of being able to bend, roll and even wear a device in operation. One of the main disadvantages of current smart phones is the fragile nature of the glass screen. A recent survey by the Daily Mail found 57% of working professionals (aged 18-24) have accidently damaged the screen of their smart phone, mainly by impact from being dropped, costing UK businesses more than £1 billion a year. Replacing the glass in these devices with a flexible polymer will reduce impact induced breakages.
One of the most significant challenges with the development of flexible versions of electronic devices is their highly susceptible nature of the active components to water vapour (H2O) and oxygen (O2). Effective encapsulation to prevent the ingress of water and oxygen to the active device layers is required to achieve adequate product lifetimes. However, producing a commercial flexible encapsulation layer is proving very difficult. This talk aims to highlight the key challenges currently facing scientists and engineers in this field.
The author Dr Hayley Brown will also discuss her journey into a career in science and provide an insight to the differences working in academia and industry.
Talk begins at 6:30pm, refreshments from 6:00pm.