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HKU Partners with TCL to Establish a Joint Research Laboratory for New Printable OLED Materials and Technology

August 2, 2017

From the left:
Professor Vivian YAM, Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy, HKU
Professor Peter MATHIESON, President and Vice-Chancellor, HKU
Mr Dongsheng LI, Chairman and CEO of TCL Corporation
Mr Hai ZHONG, Deputy Director of Shenzhen Science, Technology and Innovation Commission
Mr Owen CHAN, President and CEO (Greater China Theatre) of Cisco Systems (Hong Kong) Ltd

HKU and TCL Corporation Ltd (TCL) have established a strategic partnership and held an opening ceremony of the “HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory for New Printable OLED Materials and Technology” on Aug 2, 2017. President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mathieson of HKU and Chief Executive Officer Mr Dongsheng Li of TCL officiated at the ceremony.

The HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory for New Printable OLED Materials and Technology is to combine HKU’s strength in applying technological innovation and TCL’s leadership in the industry with an objective to foster the collaborative effort in developing the high performance solution-processable gold(III) complexes that are capable of serving as phosphorescent dopants in the fabrication of OLEDs and to explore their possibilities for preparing printable inks for commercialization.

Professor Vivian W W Yam, Director and Chief Scientist of the HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory as well as Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy, is delighted to partner with TCL in advancing translational research. She said:

“The establishment of this HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory is timely. It will not only provide a technology platform for facilitating the collaboration with industries in the Mainland and the Guangdong Province region, for motivating midstream to downstream R&D and commercialization activities, but also in pushing basic research excellence towards translational research activities in an area of high global topical interests that leverage the unique and outstanding strengths in HKU.”.

“The synergistic partnership is complementary and mutually enhancing, creating a win-win formula for HKU and TCL and the industry in the Greater China. I have each and every confidence that the Joint Laboratory will be a successful one with promising achievements to become a world-leading center in the area of new OLED materials and technology.” Professor Peter Mathieson, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKU remarked.

About TCL Corporation Ltd.
TCL Corporation Ltd has developed a partnership with Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) to set up an international R&D base in Phase 3 of the Hong Kong Science Park, where TCL Corporation Ltd becomes one of the three largest partners of the Hong Kong Science Park to date. TCL Corporation Ltd aims to attract global R&D experts and further its reach into the major markets across the Asia Pacific region, and plans to collaborate with local universities and research institutes that the Hong Kong Science Park has long-standing collaboration with on design, process and product innovations. 


Professor Peter MATHIESON, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong and Mr Dongsheng LI, Chairman and CEO of TCL Corporation unveiling the plaque for the opening of HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory for New Printable OLED Materials and Technology.


Professor Peter MATHIESON indicating the establishment of new laboratory realizes the “3+1Is” vision of HKU – Internationalisation, Innovation and Interdisciplinarity, all converging on Impact.


Group photo of the Opening Ceremony of the “HKU-TCL Joint Laboratory for New Printable OLED Materials and Technology”


Professor Vivian YAM showing her gratitude to the generous support of TCL and the University.


Chief Executive Officer of TCL Mr Dongsheng LI stating his expectation on the establishment of the new laboratory.