Masterclass of the POLEOT project

OLED screen printed on textilePOLEOT project: To develop light emitting devices on textile, different printing techniques, such as screen printing (picture) and spraycoating can be used. Different designs have been tested to maintain optimal textile properties.Tielt-Winge, 6th May 2015 – For all those who would like to catch on technology for producing innovative textiles with light-emitting properties, an exclusive opportunity presents itself during a Masterclass of the POLEOT project, organised by ESMA on 23rd June 2015 in Düsseldorf.

Electroluminescent and organic light-emitting diodes are efficient, lightweight and environment-friendly light sources that give rise to a new generation of textiles. Luminescent inks will soon be employed by innovative screen and digital inkjet processes.

POLEOT (Printing Of Light Emitting devices On Textile) aims at developing luminescence technology for a wide range of new textile applications. The project partners represent University of Hasselt, IMEC, Centexbel, University College Ghent, University of Aachen, University of Stuttgart and Forschungskuratorium Textil. Their final product is a textile-based EL/OLED that will be used to manufacture e.g. high-visibility products for safety clothing or signalisation. The financial support comes from Cornet programme,  Allianz Industrie Forschung and Flemish Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology.

Prof. dr. ir. Wim Deferme, the project leader from UHasselt/IMEC, says: “In our project, expertise in textile, printing, coating and light emitting devices is combined to show the involved companies how to develop smart and innovative textiles with light emitting properties. The latest know-how, the transferred technology and the alliances between research partners, industry and designers promise a bright future for light emitting textiles.”

POLEOT technology finds its application in various areas, including wearables, lamp shades and light-emitting wallpapers. Printing of several layers onto a textile substrate and progress in encapsulation deliver solutions to overcome technological bottlenecks such as water resistance. Simultaneously, smart designs are improved and tested to maintain the excellent properties of textiles such as air permeability, flexibility and drape.

All above mentioned topics will be explained and reviewed during POLEOT’s Masterclass, organised by ESMA on 23rd June 2015 in Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Düsseldorf, between 10:00 and 18:00. ESMA members and academics can participate for € 169, the regular price is € 249, excl. 19% German VAT.

The Masterclass presentations cover subjects ranging from printing smart designs of electroluminescent devices, printing and coating with carbon nanotubes, plasmatechnological barrier layers for packaging and encapsulation to OLEDs as the future of ambient lighting.

You can find all programme details and book your place at

ESMA Members and Academics can request their discount code at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Under this link you may download the PDF of Masterclass POLEOT flyer in printable quality.


POLEOT movies

Prototype of an electroluminescent lamp screen-printed on PET foil.

Electroluminescent lamp screen-printed on textile substrate (polyester) – designed to maintain textile’s flexibility, air permeability and drape.

Top emitting polymer light emitting device (TPLED) inkjet-printed on PET foil.


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