March 2013

Why Solution Processing May Still Matter in the OLED Industry

March 29, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials OLEDs

Is there some real value that solution processing can bring to the OLED sector?  Or are the firms still dreaming of solution-processed OLEDs merely nostalgic or delusional?

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Is There a Market for Novel Encapsulation Technologies?

March 25, 2013 Category:

In the past few years, novel encapsulation technologies have become a hot topic in the thin-film, printed end electronics communities.  Many of the latest materials platforms for displays, lighting and solar panels appear to require higher performance encapsulation technologies.  And in response to this apparent need, new alternatives have appeared in the marketplace; notably multilayer barrier films and conformally deposited coatings.

This sounds like the makings of a good business case.  Unfortunately, recent history seems to be saying otherwise.  The start-up firms that have believed in this business case have not been a happy crew.  Symmorphix and (quite recently) Cambridge Nanotech have gone out of business.  Vitex has been swallowed up by Samsung.  And other startups are confessing that they are no longer sure how they are ever going to make big money out of their clever encapsulation ideas.

So here is the encapsulation paradox.  Some of the most exciting new thin-printed-organic technologies apparently need new kinds of encapsulation.  Yet there is good empirical evidence that firms cannot make money providing these novel species of encapsulation.  What is missing from this picture?

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The Coming Strategic Crisis in the Silver Inks and Pastes Business and How it Can be Overcome

March 25, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials

This white paper examines the future challenges that the silver inks and pastes business is facing given the decline of the solar industry as a key customer.  

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July 2012

LED Lighting Driving Demand for New Phosphors

July 31, 2012 Category:

Today, the bulk of phosphors sold to the LED industry are used for the production of “white LEDs” for the fabrication of LCD backlighting units.  They are made, typically, by coating blue LEDs with yellow and other down-conversion phosphors to create white emission. But all is not well in the LCD backlighting sector. LED phosphors for display backlighting applications will struggle to gain ground over the next several years in the face of near saturation of LED-based backlighting in LCDs, reductions in phosphor prices, reduced LED-per-unit values, softening of display demand, and increased competition from backlight-free technologies like organic LEDs, especially in smartphones, tablets, and TVs.

But the situation is very different in the solid-state lighting sector. In fact, a major shift is occurring in the lighting industry toward more efficient, long-lifetime LED-based lighting, which will more than make up for the disappointments of the display market. Going forward, growth in sales of LED phosphors will be driven by sales to the LED lighting industry.

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June 2012

An Update on OLED Encapsulation

June 19, 2012 Category:

Last October, NanoMarkets released a report that suggested that the market value of organic light emitting diode (OLED) encapsulation materials would grow from a value of about $10 million in 2012 to over $850 million by 2018. These forecasts were based on the assumption that the OLED market is finally taking off after languishing for many years without meeting its early expectations.   (see Markets for OLED Encapsulation Materials -2011) 

And today, about half a year later, it looks like we were right.

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January 2012

Transparent Electronic Materials:  An Emerging Market Opportunity

January 23, 2012 Category: Advanced Materials Emerging Electronics

The information for this paper was sourced from the recent NanoMarkets report, Transparent Electronics Markets-2012 that was released in December of 2011.

As we enter 2012, NanoMarkets believes that three major industry sectors—displays, solar panels and the windows industry—will soon require novel transparent electronics materials.   These new materials sets will embrace conductors, semiconductors and dielectrics and NanoMarkets believes that all this will provide an important new opportunity for both established specialty chemical firms and start-ups. 

In a recently released report, Transparent Electronics Markets-2012, NanoMarkets projected that revenues from transparent electronic materials are expected to reach $325 million in 2015, going on to reach $1.1 billion in 2019 (See Exhibit I).  In addition, some of the materials development that NanoMarkets expects to be undertaken with transparent electronics in mind will generate additional revenues outside of the transparent electronics sector.  We are thinking here especially of oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) for use in both OLED and LCD backplanes for distinctly non-transparent displays. But some of the work on developing transparent conductors may have implications in the ITO replacement market as well.

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August 2011

Applications for Growth in the Dye-Sensitized Cell Industry

August 31, 2011 Category: Renewable Energy

Manufacturers of dye-sensitized cells (DSC) are shifting their attention to new applications where the capabilities of this PV technology can be better sold.  These include applications in the building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) space and applications where the available light is limited.  Meanwhile an apparent resurgence of interest in DSC has been reflected in a growing number of alliances being formed and the emergence of new materials suppliers.   There have been technical improvements too.  And although DSC cells continue to lag all other forms of PV (except organic PV (OPV)) in terms of efficiency, in the past couple of years DSC firms have been showing performance improvements that brings their offerings close to amorphous silicon (a-Si) PV.  Given these trends, NanoMarkets believes that revenues from DSC sales will climb from $28 million in 2011 to $4.89 billion in 2018.

The data for this paper was sourced from the NanoMarkets report, Dye Sensitized Cells:  Materials, Applications and Opportunities – 2011

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Substantial Growth Anticipated for Smart Windows Market

August 31, 2011 Category: Advanced Materials Renewable Energy

Demand for smart windows, or windows with functional capabilities such as self-cleaning and variable tinting in response to electrical or thermal changes, will be driven by the green building movement, attraction to the convenience they provide and the potential for cost savings. NanoMarkets, a leading provider of market research and analysis of the opportunities in advanced materials and emerging energy and electronics markets, believes that the market for smart windows will grow substantially over the next eight years, becoming a billion-dollar market by 2015 and then more than doubling by 2018. 

The following paper was drawn from a recently released report titled, Next-Generation Smart Windows: Materials and Markets: 2011

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Revived Interest in CIGS Creating Real Opportunities in Photovoltaics

August 31, 2011 Category: Advanced Materials Renewable Energy

In the laboratory, copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) has achieved the highest champion cell efficiencies (over 20%) of all thin-film photovoltaic (TFPV) technologies. CIGS has not, however, lived up to predictions about is ability to compete with crystalline silicon (c-Si). A combination of manufacturing issues and the global economic downturn significantly impacted the sector. Recent capacity expansions, a dramatic increase in the number of market players and growing investment activity are signaling renewed interest, though. NanoMarkets, a leading provider of market research and analysis of the opportunities in advanced materials and emerging energy and electronics markets, expects revenues from CIGS consumed in PV applications to grow from $613.4 million in 2011 to $5.41 billion in 2018.

The material for this paper was drawn from the NanoMarkets report, CIGS Photovoltaics Market Opportunities 2011

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New Opportunities in Conductive Coatings Markets

August 30, 2011 Category: Advanced Materials Emerging Electronics

While much of the conductive coatings market involves mature applications and materials, NanoMarkets also believes that there are growing number of newer opportunities for conductive coatings as new types of batteries, displays, lighting and solar panels that are begin to appear on the market. These newer product types will require entirely new conductive materials for their electrodes.  NanoMarkets, a leading provider of market research and analysis of the opportunities in advanced materials and emerging energy and electronics markets, estimates that the value of the conductive coatings market will reach $14.8 billion in 2017.

The material for this paper was drawn from the NanoMarkets report, Conductive Coatings Markets, 2010 and Beyond

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