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Barrier Films for Flexible Electronics 2013 Report

July 19, 2013

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Research and Markets (
http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/t9ct68/barrier_films_for) has announced the
addition of the “Barrier Films for Flexible Electronics 2013-2023: Needs, Players,
Opportunities” [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/t9ct68/barrier_films_for ]
report to their offering.

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A large opportunity lies in the development of devices in a flexible form factor that
can operate without deterioration in performance, allowing them to be more robust,
lightweight and versatile in their use. In order for flexible displays and photovoltaics
to be commercially successful, they must be robust enough to survive for the necessary
time and conditions required of the device. This condition has been a limitation of many
flexible, organic or printable electronics. This highlights the fact that beyond
flexibility, printability and functionality, one of the most important requirements is
encapsulation as many of the materials used in printed or organic electronic displays are
chemically sensitive, and will react with many environmental components such as oxygen and

These materials can be protected using substrates and barriers such as glass and
metal, but this results in a rigid device and does not satisfy the applications demanding
flexible devices. Plastic substrates and transparent flexible encapsulation barriers can
be used, but these offer little protection to oxygen and water, resulting in the devices
rapidly degrading.

In order to achieve device lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours, water vapor
transmission rates (WVTR) must be 10-6 g/m2/day, and oxygen transmission rates (OTR) must
be < 10-3 cm3/m2/day. For Organic Photovoltaics, the required WVTR is not as stringent as
OLEDs require but is still very high at a level of 10-5 g/m2/day. These transmission rates
are several orders of magnitude smaller than what is possible using any conventional
plastic substrate, and they can also be several orders of magnitude smaller than what can
be measured using common equipment designed for this purpose.

Publication Overview

This report gives an in-depth review of the needs, emerging solutions and players. It
addresses specific topics such as:

– Companies which are active in the development of high barrier films
[http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/t9ct68/barrier_films_for ] and their
achievements on the field to date. The report covers a range of approaches in
encapsulation, such as dyads, deposition of inorganic layers on plastic substrates and
flexible glass. – Surface smoothness and defects (such as cracks and pinholes) and the
effect that these would have on the barrier behavior of the materials studied. -
Traditional methods of measurement of permeability are reaching the end of their
abilities. The MOCON WVTR measurement device, which has been an industry standard, cannot
give adequate measurements at the low levels of permeability required for technologies
such as organic photovoltaics and OLEDs. Other methods of measurement and equipment
developed are being discussed. – Forecasts for displays, lighting and thin film
photovoltaics (in terms of market value as well as area of barrier film sold into
different verticals), in order to understand the influence that the development of
flexible barriers would have at the mass deployment and adoption of these technologies.

Key Topics Covered:

1. Scope

2. Introduction to Encapsulation

3. Surface Smoothness – Defects

4. Barrier Technologies: Past Developments

5. Advances in Barrier Manufacturing Processes

6. Barrier Adhesives

7. Company Profiles

8. Addressable Market Segments for Barrier Film Technologies

9. Barrier Measurements

10. Forecasts for Barrier Films for Flexible Electronics 2013-2023

11. Conclusions

Companies Mentioned

        - 3M
        - Amcor
        - Asahi Glass Company
        - Corning
        - Dow Chemical
        - Fujifilm
        - Holst Centre - TNO
        - Jindal
        - Konica Minolta
        - Mitsubishi
        - NM Technologies
        - Nippon Electric Glass
        - Schott
        - Tera-Barrier
        - Toppan Printing
        - Toray Industries
        - UDC
        - Vitriflex

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