Opalux is pleased to announce that it has received the "Technical Development Materials Award" from IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2011 conference for its tunable photonic crystal technology called Photonic Ink, or "P-Ink".
This award recognizes "the most significant technical development over the last 24 months in the field of material development" http://www.idtechex.com/printed-electronics-usa-11/awards.asp.
Opalux is pleased to be following in the footsteps of the many illustrious winners for this award.
Opalux's P-Ink material presents a revolutionary step forward in display technology, offering the ability to reflect bright and vivid colors spanning the rainbow spectrum. By applying low power electrical pulses, even by capturing and converting minute RFID signals, the color of the material can be selected readily and near instantaneously, and the resulting color states require no power to maintain (electrically bi-stable).
It can be coated onto both rigid as well as flexible substrates in scale, highlighting its potential to drive the development of bendable form factors for displays. Segmented or pixilated arrays can be generated using established techniques and materials, while surfaces and static graphics with changeable colors can be created using an alternative low cost printing approach.
"We are honored and encouraged to have received the Materials Award this year. This award is a testament to the public's interest in high performance, flexible, and low powered display materials and I take this opportunity to thank the incredible team at Opalux who is driving this groundbreaking technology towards commercialization . We look forward to working with innovation leaders across multiple industries to bring the P-Ink technology into the marketplace." says Dr. Andre Arsenault, Chief Technology Officer of Opalux.
Opalux was founded in 2006 to develop and commercialize honeycomb-like nanostructures, which are able to diffract and reflect specific wavelengths of light perceived as color by the human eye. The Company has been developing a platform of technologies based on this effect, called photonic color, using active polymer-based materials that can respond to an array of stimuli such as pressure, stretching, heat, humidity, and electrical current/voltage.
By harnessing the unique characteristics of photonic color, Opalux has invented a new photonic color technology that stands apart with its unique combination of brightness, energy efficiency, form factor, customizability, and economy.
For more see: Printed Electronics Europe 2012