In doing so, Kateeva aims to "fix the last 'Achilles' heel' of the OLED-display industry - which is manufacturing," says Kateeva co-founder and scientific advisor Vladimir Bulovic, the Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology, who co-invented the technology.
Over several years, Madigan, Bulovic
, Schmidt, Chen, and Leblanc had become involved in a partnership with Hewlett-Packard
(HP) on a project to make printable electronics.
"That left all this novel intellectual property sitting on a shelf that may never be used again," Bulovic
Instead of letting those patents go to waste, however, the researchers launched Kateeva
in 2008 to commercially tackle OLED manufacturing.
A few years before, Bulovic
had cut his
teeth in the startup scene with QD Vision - which is currently developing quantum-dot technology for LED television displays - and was able to connect the group with local venture capitalists.
Today, the system is a platform, Bulovic
says, that, in the future, can be tweaked to print solid stage lighting panels, solar cells, nanostructure circuits, and luminescent concentrators, among other things.
"All those would be enabled by the semiconductor printer Kateeva has been able to develop," he