In Part 1 of The GE Genius Series, which spotlights employees across the company who are driving innovation, we met Radislav Potyrailo, who is using the chemical sensing properties found in the nanostructures of butterfly wings to create advanced sensors. Today, we turn to physical chemist Anil Duggal, 43, who wants to change the way we light the world. As Advanced Technology Leader, Electronic Materials System, Anil is leading GE’s research on organic light emitting diodes, or OLEDs, which are thin films of organic molecules sandwiched between sheets of plastic that illuminate when electricity is applied. OLEDs can be cut, folded, wrapped around corners — and printed in rolls just like a newspaper. The days of screwing bulbs into sockets are almost over, Anil says, as soon we’ll be draping our lights on curtain rods or reading by illuminated wallpaper.

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* Learn more about Anil Duggal
* Learn more about GE’s OLED work on GE's Global Research blog
* Read Wired magazine’s story on when OLEDs will hit the market
* Read “GE Makes OLED Christmas Tree” in Wired magazine
* Watch Part 1 of The GE Genius Series
* Watch a video showing how OLEDs might one day be used

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