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Two Rochester men to be inducted to National Inventors Hall of Fame

Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke invented Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, used in OLED displays for televisions and smartphones, and other devices from many well-known technology companies. (Photo: National Inventors Hall of Fame)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Two Rochester men will be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this Spring.

Ching Wan Tang and Steven Van Slyke invented Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology, used in TVs and smartphones.

Tang worked at Eastman Kodak in 1975 and hired Van Slyke to work with him.

Together they applied the organic heterojunction, a bilayer structure of an electron donor and an electron acceptor invented by Tang, to various applications including OLEDs.

The thinner, lighter and brighter technology offers an ultra-fast response time for functions such as refreshing and on-off switching.

Today, Samsung uses OLEDs in all its smartphones, and LG manufactures large OLED screens for premium TVs.

Other companies currently incorporating OLED technology include Apple, Google, Facebook, Motorola, Sony, Hewlett-Packard, Panasonic, Konica, Lenovo, Huawei, BOE, Philips and Osram.

The OLED display market is expected to grow to $57 billion by 2026.

Tang and Van Slyke will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in May.




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