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NSF PA/M 03-03 - January 13, 2003

NSF Workshop Highlights Future of Organic Electronics and Photonics
Field of research that yielded LEDs now shows promise for wearable computers and artificial nerves

No longer the target of solely experimental research, electronic and photonic components crafted from organic chemicals now drive major markets. Successes for the scalable, light weight technologies range from the billion-dollar photo-conductive film industry to the growing market for solid-state lighting, such as LEDs (light-emitting diodes). Organic electronics and photonics applications in development may have a broader impact, serving as flexible electronics, biologically compatible devices, solid-state lighting, chemical sensors and devices yet to be conceived.

At a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation, experts from both industry and universities will discuss the future of this field. The participants will highlight new developments, changing directions in research, and the needs facing investigators as they train the next generation of engineers.



Ananth Dodabalapur of the University of Texas at Austin (Chair)
Christos Dimitrakopoulos of IBM (Co-Chair)
More than 20 presenters from both industry and university labs


Workshop: "Technological Challenges for Flexible, Light-weight, Low-cost and Scalable Organic Electronics and Photonics"


Thursday, January 16, 2003 and Friday, January 17, 2003


Arlington Hilton Hotel & Towers, Arlington, Va.
(Ballston Metro stop)

Accredited members of the press may register with Josh Chamot at (703) 292-8070,

For downloadable images of flexible display screens, inkjet-printed lights, and other organic electronics and photonics devices, please see:



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