Light Polymers’ lyotropic liquid crystal coatable polarizer technology is UV stable, cost effective and enables the creation of fully foldable displays. For the next generation of OLED devices, thin and affordable polarizers are a key component. With no need for stretching or dyeing our lyotropic liquid crystal offerings are the most affordable option for manufacturers to implement. Light Polymers’ liquid crystals deliver a wide viewing angle and can be applied in or on-cell, further saving manufacturing costs. The on-cell offering is especially attractive to flexible OLED products since it enables a smaller bend radius with greater durability.
With 1/10 the capital costs of traditional manufacturing methods, coatable lyotropic liquid crystal polarizers mean that OLED display costs can be driven down, creating a significant competitive advantage for manufacturers. As a water-based chemistry process that uses shear force during the application to align the lyotropic liquid crystals, Light Polymers’ proprietary chemistry lowers both the operating costs and the environmental impact of manufacturing when compared to any competing technology.
In addition to the manufacturing benefits, coated polarizers made with Light Polymers’ lyotropic liquid crystals enhance OLED technology by providing a wide viewing angle, a true-black off-state, the thinnest (1 µm) solution, passing the 100,000 fold test for flexible and foldable OLED panels as well as exceptional UV stability. Furthermore, Light Polymers’ polarizers are tunable in color, providing display manufacturers greater control over the hue of their display in the off state and enabling more customization options than traditional stretched PVA based polarizers. With improved light efficiency and flexibility in substrate choice, lyotropic liquid crystal coatings are the optimal polarizer material competing for the OLED technology market.
For the next generation of LCD displays, Light Polymers’ lyotropic liquid crystals present unique offerings by helping save on costs and implementing unique designs. Light Polymers’ photonic films can help increase the color gamut of the LCD display when used in the backlight to convert blue light into a wide color gamut white spectrum. This allows LCD displays to compete very closely with OLED displays. Furthermore, Light Polymers’ transparent and colorless materials can help with high index matching problems in the optical stack, reducing LCD light losses due to internal reflections while improving image clarity.