Research on ultrathin lighting technologies has seen the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences researcher Professor Paul Burn FAA FRSC win one of only two prestigious ARC Laureate Felloswships made to The University of Queensland in the latest round.

Professor Burn is Head and co-director of UQ's Centre for Organic Photonics & Electronics and his work is shaping global efforts in organic light-emitting technology.

His research in organic light-emitting diodes is expected to significantly reduce electricity consumption, carbon dioxide emissions and living costs.

“The new ultrathin, inexpensive lighting Paul is developing is likely to change the way we live,” UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said.

“In developing countries, it will allow kerosene lamps to be replaced with lighting panels, improving safety and quality of life for remote communities.

“The innovative semiconductor materials and diode architectures he is working on will optimise each step in light generation, from charge injection, transport and capture, to light emission.”

"The collaborative combination of chemistry, materials science, and physics makes COPE the ideal environment in which to lead the research program", Professor Burn said.

Professor Burn’s fellowship, valued at $2.888 million, is entitled: Transformational lighting: changing the way we live.

The Fellowship aims to advance the science of ultrathin efficient lighting technologies based on low embedded energy organic light-emitting diodes (OLED).

By creating innovative semiconductor materials and diode architectures that optimise each step in light generation - from charge injection, transport and capture to light emission - the project aims to deliver transformative OLED lighting that is more efficient than standard fluorescents by 50 per cent. 

The intended outcomes of the project are design rules for OLED componentry, including thin, flexible architectures for deployment in a range of environments.  The project will prototype the new technology at scale, demonstrating a large-area lighting module with power efficiency of 150 lm/W.

UQ News release on the latest ARC grants round.

Image:  Professor Burn



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