Developments in nanoscale materials are creating new fundamental display technologies as well as new materials for existing and new display technologies. Below are the main types of display technologies along with the main nanoscale materials:

  • Field Emission Displays (FEDs): CNTs
  • Organic Light-Emitting Diodes (OLEDs): polymer/organic thin films
  • Electrochromics: semi-conducting nanoparticles

Nanotechnology developments also impact the following display materials and components:

  • Backplanes for LCD, OLED or FED: semi-metallic (silicon) nanowires
  • Backlight for LCD: quantum dots
  • Protective Coatings: ceramic nanoparticles
  • Flexible Displays: CNTs, semi-metallic nanowires, conductive ink

Nano-enabled displays have the ability to improve on existing display products in several areas:

  • Lower power consumption
  • Wider viewing angles
  • Thinner and brighter screens
  • Wider range of operating temperatures