Flexible Electronics in ITRI
Taiwan has strategically invested in flexible electronics for over 10 years. With Taiwan government’s support, ITRI has established the first flexible electronics pilot labortory in Asia in 2007. The purpose is to facilitate the development of flexible electronics worldwide. During these years, many Taiwanese companies have entered the stage of mass production in flexible electronics, including E-paper, printed touch panels, printed RF-ID antenna, smart cards with displays, flexible pressure sensors, solar cells, etc. They have played key roles in the world.
In the recent years, there are three focuses in the flexible electronics pilot laboratory: 1) roll-to-roll for production revolution; 2) OLED lighting for sun-like color; 3) Bio-sensor platform. With over twenty leading companies, ITRI has developed cutting-edge flexible electronic technologies, such as roll-to-roll touch panels using 3um fine line printing based on 100um ultra-thin glass, free-shape ultra-thin substrate cutting technique with >500MPa bending strength, OLED light engines in pilot production scale, digital manufacture for industry. In this April, ITRI debuted the first high-end OLED lighting modules using full roll-to-roll process.
Je Ping Hu received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 1997. Then, he joined Opto-electronics system research Lab. (EOS) of ITRI. He dedicates in printed electronics and flexible electronics area over 19 years. His outcomes have contributed to three start-up companies from ITRI. He was promoted as a director of flexible electronics division in 2008. Since 2015, he has become the deputy general director of electronics and optoelectronics lab (EOL).He was elected as an “Outstanding Engineer” by the Chinese Institute of Engineers in 2013 and received “National Industrial Innovation Award” from Ministry of Economic Affairs of ROC in 2017. Meanwhile, he also won “Technical management award” from the Chinese Society for Management Of Technology. Recent years, he establishes a roll-to-roll pilot scale line in ITRI and organic lighting emitting diodes (OLED) lighting is the current product.
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world’s leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan’s industries from labor-intensive into innovation-driven. It focuses on the fields of Smart Living, Quality Health, and Sustainable Environment. Over the years, ITRI has incubated over 270 innovative companies, including well-known names such as UMC and TSMC. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in the U.S., Europe, and Japan in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world.