Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): Classroom Version

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In this classroom activity, students learn about organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). During the activity students make OLEDs, learn how OLEDs work, and discover what devices currently use OLEDs. Students also learn about spin coating since a spin coater is used to create the OLEDs.


Big Idea: 
In this activity, students learn about organic electronics and how they are changing the display industry. Students discover that there are many advantages to organic electronics and that OLEDs are already used in many consumer electronics. Students also learn what spin coaters are and why they are used.
Learning Goals: 
  • That many consumer devices now use OLEDs
  • The advantages and disadvantages of OLEDs
  • What organic materials are
  • What a spin coater is
Nano Content Map: 
  • Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
  • Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.



Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.

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