OE-A Roadmap

OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics

The OE-A roadmap for organic and printed electronics is a key activity of the OE-A. Organic electronics is based on the combination of a new class of materials and large-area, high-volume deposition and patterning techniques. This technology is still in its early stage; while increasing numbers of products are available and some are in full production, many applications are still in lab-scale development, prototype activities or early production. Nonetheless, it is important to develop a common opinion about what kind of products, processes and materials will be available and when. The OE-A roadmap is based on the work of more than 250 experts and represents the common perspectives of all OE-A members.

White Paper 2015 – OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics, 6th Edition

For the 6th version of the OE-A roadmap, key teams of experts in five application clusters and three technology groups developed roadmaps for their fields, which were presented to and discussed with the OE-A members during association meetings. The resulting roadmap is a synthesis of these results representing common perspectives of the group.

The OE-A Roadmap White Paper 2015 presents the major findings of the OE-A’s sixth version of the Organic and Printed Electronics Roadmap, based on work done since the fifth version of the roadmap was completed in 2013.

Key results of the 6th roadmapping process:

- The clear evidence that organic and printed electronics has established itself as a growth industry.
- Recognition of an important trend: key industry sectors are starting to implement a variety of products based on organic and printed electronics.

OE-A Roadmap Application Clusters

The OE-A Roadmap has taken account of the exciting technical progress made since the last edition and the introduction of initial products. For a better overview we grouped related application areas into five clusters.

- Organic LED (OLED) Lighting
- Organic Photovoltaics (OPV)

- Flexible Displays
- Electronics and Components
  (printed memory and batteries, active components and passive components)
- Integrated Smart Systems
  (ISS, including smart objects (also RFID), sensors and smart textiles)

Figure 1: Roadmap for Organic Electronics, 6th edition (get high resolution file here).

In the applications section, the OE-A roadmap teams have updated the report on current markets and forecast for the market entry on larger scales for the application clusters, as well as reviewed the application appearance of additional products. The OE-A has also re-examined the key application and technology parameters and principal challenges (so-called red brick walls) seen for further development of organic and printed electronics. In the technology section, the OE-A also takes account of recent progress in new materials and improved processes and includes updated discussions of materials development, including grapheme, and of patterning and deposition processes.

Key Application Parameters

The key application parameters distilled from the key parameters for each application group were once again identified. These were found to be:

- Complexity (number of circuits and different kinds of devices)
- Flexibility / bending radius
- Lifetime / stability / homogeneity / reliability
- Efficiency (power consumption, energy conversion)
- Environmental and toxicological safety
- Cost

Key Technology Parameters

The key technology parameters were also re-examined and found to be:

- Mobility / electrical performance
- Resolution / registration
- Barrier properties / environmental stability
- Flexibility / bending radius
- Fit of process parameters
- Yield


Roadmap Overview

Individual roadmaps were developed for each application field and are discussed in the main section of the white paper. In addition, an overall roadmap for organic and printed electronics was developed and is presented in a graphic summary.

Figure 2: OE-A Roadmap for organic and printed electronics applications, with forecast for the market entry in
large volumes (general availability) for the different applications (get high resolution file here).

Key trends

- OLED displays have become a true mass market item in mobile displays and are starting to penetrate the
  TV market
- Major industry sectors, such as automotive, consumer electronics, white goods, pharmaceuticals/health
  care and packaging, have embraced organic electronics and are bringing products to the market
- Flexible, lightweight, mobile electronic products are gaining a larger position in the market, enabled by
  organic electronics
- Mobility of organic semiconductors and efficiency of OPV materials are continuing to increase rapidly, and
  becoming competitive with poly-Si is starting to look achievable.
- Patterning processes are being scaled to smaller dimensions and improved registration
- Integration of printed and silicon based components to make hybrid systems is becoming more and more a subject of interest and looks to be one of the primary paths to further commercialization in the coming few years
- The industry is entering a phase of realistic growth, with significant revenues and with products appearing in more and more application areas.

Key Challenges

Based on an analysis of the application and technology parameters, the recent progress in materials and process technology and the expected future technology development, the following key challenges ("Red Brick Walls") were identified for which major breakthroughs are needed:

- Processes: resolution, registration, uniformity and characterization
- Encapsulation: flexible transparent barriers at low cost
- Materials: improvement of electrical performance, processability and stability
- Development of appropriate standards and regulations for organic electronics


Get Involved

The OE-A Roadmap for organic and printed electronics has become widely recognized by industry, government agencies, and scientists as an important tool for defining the "state of the art" in organic and printed electronics.
We are always looking for new experts who would like to contribute to the further development and next version of the OE-A Roadmap. As active member of the project groups you can meet other experts along the entire value chain and take part in the exchange of latest technologies.

If you are interested in getting involved with the OE-A Roadmap project, please contact Dr. Constanze Ranfeld OE-A, constanze.ranfeld@oe-a.org

Twitter: @OEAonline

Source of the image: fotolia, alexey_boldin


New OE-A Roadmap

Current OE-A Roadmap cycle
The 7th edition of the OE-A Roadmapping is almost finalized and will be published at LOPEC 2017 in Munich, Germany on Wednesday, March 29.
The Roadmap White Paper will be published later this year.

Key themes of OE-A Roadmap 2017
Further building upon the success of the 6th Edition, the OE-A Roadmap 2017 will continue to provide the entire value chain an outlook on the organic and printed electronics developments and prospects. The key themes of the 7th Edition are grouped into the following teams:


OLED Lighting

Organic Photovoltaics

Flexible Displays and OLED

Electronics & Components

Integrated Smart Systems


Functional Materials


Printing & Patterning Techniques

The OE-A Roadmap will furthermore include recommendations for end-users looking for specific technologies and applications for their respective industry.

For more information, please contact constanze.ranfeld@oe-a.org

Download OE-A Roadmap, 6th Edition

OE-A Members
The 6th edition of the White Paper `OE-A Roadmap for Organic and Printed Electronics’, counting over 120 pages, as well as the summary are available for download (free of charge) for members in the OE-A member area "my.oe-a" (please log in at the top of this page with your personal e-mail address).

The White Paper is for sale, in PDF and in hard copy, for non-members and can be purchased in our online shop. A brochure including the summary of the 6th Edition of the Roadmap is available for download.


Source of the image: fotolia, alexey_boldin