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Connecticut College nanotechnology lecture Nov. 30 to focus on application for flat-panel TVs
The discoverer of the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) will speak about "The Chemistry and Physics of Flat-panel Televisions" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in Room 210 of the Blaustein Humanities Center at Connecticut College.
The public is invited to attend this free event.
More than 20 years ago, Ching Tang, a research chemist at Kodak Research Laboratories, discovered that sending an electrical current through a carbon compound used in a solar cell caused the compound to emit a glow. Hence, the OLED display, found in many MP3 players today.
Demand for these displays is being driven by the growing consumer interest in hand-held electronics and the display´s superior brightness, color and speed, according to Kodak´s Web site. The full-color active-matrix OLED display screens manufactured through the joint venture with Sanyo will be used in devices such as next-generation digital cameras, cell phones, portable entertainment gadgets and personal digital assistants. OLED is the leading candidate for flexible displays, about which there is much discussion in the industry.
"The most far-reaching application for OLED would be for large flat-screen TVs that can be hung on the wall, pasted on a curved surface, or rolled up like a projector screen," said Tang, whose daughter is a sophomore at Connecticut College. "But it might take a long time — at least 10 years of very intensive development. The major problem is likely to be cost."
Tang´s lecture is part of the Connecticut College Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geophysics´ Fall Colloquium Series on nanotechnology, a broad interdisciplinary field of research. The seminar series is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The field of nanotechnology is considered by some to be one of the largest and potentially most important developments in technology since the invention of the transistor.
About Connecticut College:
Ranked among the most selective private liberal arts colleges in the nation, Connecticut College enrolls 1,900 men and women from 42 states and 41 countries. The college is known for putting the liberal arts into action through interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. Founded in 1911, the college operates under an 84-year-old honor code. The college is located at 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, about two hours by car from Boston and New York. The 750-acre campus is an arboretum overlooking Long Island Sound.
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