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Dr Andrew Cottone, president of Adesis

The Universal Display Corporation (Ewing (NJ), USA), enabling energy-efficient displays and lighting with its UniversalPHOLED technology and materials, has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Adesis, Inc., a privately held contract research organisation with 43 employees based in New Castle (DE), USA. It specialises in organic and organometallic synthetic research, development and commercialisation.  Adesis is a critical technology vendor to companies in the pharmaceutical, fine chemical, biomaterials, and catalyst industries, and has worked with Universal Display over the last few years to help advance and accelerate a number of Universal Display’s product offerings.

Bendable solar cells might power the next wave of wearable electronics (Source: American Institute of Physics)

Scientists from South Korea have made ultra-thin photovoltaics flexible enough to wrap around the average pencil. The bendy solar cells could power wearable electronics like fitness trackers and smart glasses. Thin materials flex more easily than thick ones – think a piece of paper versus a cardboard shipping box. The reason for the difference: The stress in a material while it is being bent increases farther out from the central plane. Because thick sheets have more material farther out, they are harder to bend.

Hopsy craft beer cooperates with Thinfilm (image: Hopsy)

Thin Film Electronics, which is based in Oslo, Norway, a global leader in printed electronics and smart systems, has announced a parternship with Hopsy, the USA’s first local craft beer marketplace and delivery service. The two companies will collaborate to integrate Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense technology into a variety of locally produced craft beers across the United States. The wireless NFC tags will enable microbreweries to engage with consumers, educate, and differentiate their respective brands.

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