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Barrier Layers for Flexible Electronics 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts
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|Barrier Layers for Flexible Electronics 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts|
|Published: June 22, 2017||Content info: 208 Slides||
Encapsulation films, in-line deposition, ALD and flexible glass
By 2027 flexible barrier manufacturing will be a market of more than $3.1 billion.
The first examples of flexible consumer electronic devices are now a reality, and a large opportunity lies in developing them further: 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 and form factor is the end game . In order for products such as 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 robust encapsulation; this is a major challenge 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 moisture.
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.
Table 1: Water vapor and oxygen transmission rates of various materials
Source: Source IDTechEx
For these (and other) reasons, there has been intense interest in developing transparent barrier materials with much lower permeabilities, a market that will reach over $3,1bn by 2027.
Figure 1: Barrier layer market forecasts in US$ million*
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For those developing flexible electronics, seeking materials needs and opportunities, this is a must-read report.
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