The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced the selection of three Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and two Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) projects for funding through DOE’s Office of Science. The five FY18 Phase I Release 2 projects target critical materials advances used in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for solid-state lighting (SSL). Each unique project will explore the technical merit and commercial potential of innovative concepts or technologies that are expected to contribute to the achievement of the price and performance goals described in DOE’s SSL R&D Plan.

The SBIR-STTR program seeks to increase the participation of small businesses in federally sponsored innovative and novel research and development. To learn more about this program, visit

The five SBIR-STTR grants directly related to SSL are:

  • Electroninks, Inc. (Austin, TX) – STTR Phase I; selected for developing microfluidic printing of high-performance microgrids for high-efficiency, flexible OLEDs.

  • Hazen Research, Inc. (Golden, CO) – STTR Phase I; selected for its development of low-cost, flexible transparent electrodes for OLEDS, based on Ag–ZTOF (Zn–Sn–O–F) amorphous composites through ink-jet printing.

  • InnoSense, LLC (Torrance, CA) – SBIR Phase I; selected for its development of nanomaterials-enabled transparent conductive film used in OLEDS and other energy-efficient products.

  • OLEDWorks, LLC (Rochester, NY) – SBIR Phase I; selected for its development of printed anodes and internal light-extraction layers on flexible glass or other suitable substrate to create cost-effective, high-efficacy, bendable OLED lighting panels.

  • Tetramer Technologies, LLC (Pendleton, SC) – SBIR Phase I; selected for its development of transparent conductive anodes for OLEDs.