The DOE OLED testing collaborative is no longer accepting applications for testing.

In 2014, DOE implemented a collaborative R&D testing opportunity in response to OLED lighting community discussions regarding the need for a collaborative R&D framework to accelerate developments in OLED lighting technology and manufacturing. The testing collaborative enabled U.S.-based OLED component developers and manufacturers to incorporate various R&D-stage components into a high-quality baseline OLED device. The goal was to identify high-performing components with the ability to advance OLED technology performance and efficiency while reducing cost. The streamlined application process enabled participants to receive rapid results and quickly and cost effectively refocus R&D efforts while facilitating collaboration between OLED developers and manufacturers.

Seventeen rounds of testing, involving 11 different organizations, were completed. The testing covered an electron blocking layer; integrated plastic substrates; transparent conductive material as a replacement for indium tin oxide; host materials; hole and electron transport materials; phosphorescent hosts; blue, yellow, and red fluorescent emitters; integrated light extraction substrates with varying haze levels; a fluorine-doped tin oxide coating on soda lime glass; silver nanowire electrodes in combination with light extraction layers; a transparent conductive film for flexible, plastic-based integrated substrates; amber emissive material; amorphous, composite transport conductive electrodes; white OLEDs using mixed hosts; and blue charge-transfer emitters. Altogether, the DOE OLED testing collaborative had a significant impact on OLED technology advances and participants indicated that the detailed test results, observations, and recommendations for future work were valuable in determining their next steps.

The DOE OLED testing collaborative officially ended in 2022.