Patents by Inventor Nicholas C. Erickson

Nicholas C. Erickson has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220271261
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides an article including a layer having a nanostructured first surface including nanofeatures and an opposing second surface, and an organic layer including a major surface attached to a portion of the nanofeatures. The nanostructured first surface includes protruding features that are formed of a single composition and/or recessed features. The nanofeatures and the major surface of the second layer together define at least one void. The present disclosure also provides a method of making the article including contacting nanofeatures of a layer having a nanostructured surface with a major surface of an organic layer and reacting at least one material to secure the two layers together. In addition, the present disclosure provides an optical information display and an OLED device including the article. The nanostructured surface of the article is protected from damage and contamination by the organic layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2020
    Publication date: August 25, 2022
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Solomon, Henrik B. van Lengerich, Bryan V. Hunt, Tabitha A. Silliman, William Blake Kolb, Nicholas C. Erickson, Stephen M. Menke, Derek W. Patzman, Justin P. Meyer, Bert T. Chien, Thomas E. Muehle, Thomas P. Klun
  • Publication number: 20220231095
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is disclosed. The OLED display includes a first stack having a first emission layer and a first layer. The first emission layer emits red light, green light, or blue light. The OLED display includes a second stack having a second emission layer and a second layer. The second stack emits light of a different angular spectral distribution as that emitted by the first stack. Further, a thickness of the second layer is different from a thickness of the first layer such that light emitted by the first emission layer resonates within the first stack at a first degree and light emitted by the second emission layer resonates within the second stack at a second degree, the first degree being greater than the second degree.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Publication date: July 21, 2022
    Inventors: Nicholas C. ERICKSON, Stephen M. MENKE
  • Publication number: 20220123267
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display is described, and includes a pixelated OLED display panel including N a plurality of pixels, each pixel including a plurality of subpixels, and each subpixel including a plurality of OLED layers. A hybrid color correction component is disposed on the pixelated OLED display panel, and the hybrid color-correction component includes a nanostructured interface and an angular transformation layer, the angular transformation layer is disposed between the nanostructured interface and the pixelated OLED display panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2020
    Publication date: April 21, 2022
    Inventors: Stephen M. Menke, Nicholas C. Erickson, Jathan D. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20210389503
    Abstract: Nanostructured articles, materials for the nanostructured articles, and intermediate articles for use in making the nanostructured articles. The nanostructured articles can be formed on a flexible film and are useful for optical metasurface applications and possibly other applications. The articles can include nanoreplicated layers or pattern transfer layers of engineered nanostructures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2019
    Publication date: December 16, 2021
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, James M. Nelson, Karl K. Stensvad, Henrik B. van Lengerich, Christopher S. Lyons, Moses M. David, Jeffrey L. Solomon, Nicholas C. Erickson, Caleb T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20210347135
    Abstract: Materials and methods useful in forming nano-scale features on substrates, and articles such as optical films incorporating such nano-scale patterned substrates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: November 11, 2021
    Inventors: Henrik B. van Lengerich, Karl K. Stensvad, Edwin L. Kusilek, Mathew S. Stay, Caleb T. Nelson, Christopher S. Lyons, Moses M. David, Jeffrey L. Solomon, Martin B. Wolk, Nicholas C. Erickson, James Zhu, James M. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20210098546
    Abstract: An OLED display including a display panel and a color-correction component is described. A plurality of comparative display panels otherwise equivalent to the display panel but having one or more different optical thicknesses of OLED layers have a maximum white-point color shift from 0 to 45 degrees of WPCSC45 and a white-point axial efficiency of WPAEC. The plurality of comparative display panels defines a performance curve along a boundary of performance points. The OLED display and the display panel have respective maximum white-point color shifts from 0 to 45 degrees of WPCS45 and WPCS045 and respective white-point axial efficiencies of WPAE and WPAE0. WPCS045 and WPAE0 defines a performance point of the display panel to the right of the performance curve and WPCS45 and WPAE defines a performance point of the OLED display above or to the left of the performance curve. Methods of making the OLED display are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Publication date: April 1, 2021
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Erickson, David G. Freier, Robert L. Brott, Bing Hao, David A. Rosen, Stephen M. Menke, Bert T. Chien, Song Taek Lee, Encai Hao, Zhaohui Yang, Albert I. Everaerts, Yongshang Lu, William Blake Kolb, Keith R. Bruesewitz, Adam D. Haag, Sun-Yong Park, Timothy J. Nevitt (Deceased), Brianna N. Wheeler, Jody L. Peterson, Gilles J. Benoit
  • Patent number: 10756306
    Abstract: A nanostructured article having a first layer with a nanostructured surface is described. The nanostructured surface includes a plurality of pillars extending from a base surface of the first layer. The pillars have an average height greater than an average lateral dimension of the pillars. An average center-to-center spacing between pillars is no more than 2000 nm. The average lateral dimension is no less than 50 nm. Each pillar in the plurality of pillars has at least a lower portion and an upper portion where the lower portion is between the upper portion and the base surface, and the upper and lower portions have differing compositions. The nanostructured article includes a second layer disposed over the plurality of pillars and extending continuously to the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Erickson, Moses M. David, Xiaoguang Sun, Manoj Nirmal, Haeen Sykora, Hui Luo, Samuel J. Carpenter, Jilliann M. Nelson, Justin P. Meyer, Bert T. Chien, David J. Rowe, Robert L. Brott, David G. Freier, Hyacinth L. Lechuga
  • Publication number: 20190386251
    Abstract: A nanostructured article having a first layer with a nanostructured surface is described. The nanostructured surface includes a plurality of pillars extending from a base surface of the first layer. The pillars have an average height greater than an average lateral dimension of the pillars. An average center-to-center spacing between pillars is no more than 2000 nm. The average lateral dimension is no less than 50 nm. Each pillar in the plurality of pillars has at least a lower portion and an upper portion where the lower portion is between the upper portion and the base surface, and the upper and lower portions have differing compositions. The nanostructured article includes a second layer disposed over the plurality of pillars and extending continuously to the base surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: December 19, 2019
    Inventors: Nicholas C. Erickson, Moses M. David, Xiaoguang Sun, Manoj Nirmal, Haeen Sykora, Hui Luo, Samuel J. Carpenter, Jilliann M. Nelson, Justin P. Meyer, Bert T. Chien, David J. Rowe, Robert L. Brott, David G. Freier, Hyacinth L. Lechuga
  • Patent number: 10475858
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates, and articles and methods of using nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates for the fabrication of an OLED including a nanostructure, using lamination techniques. Nanostructured OLED devices can exhibit enhanced light extraction efficiency. The methods involve transfer and/or replication of a film, layer, or coating in order to form a nanostructured surface that is in optical contact with the emitting surface of an OLED in, for example, a top emitting or a bottom emitting active matrix OLED (TE-AMOLED or BE-AMOLED) device. The articles having enhanced light extraction efficiency can be of particular use in color-by-white (CBW) OLED displays, which use white-light spectrum OLEDs with a color filter array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, Seong Taek Lee, Michael Benton Free, Nicholas C. Erickson
  • Patent number: 10106643
    Abstract: A transfer film includes a template layer having a first major surface and an opposing second major surface. The second major surface includes a structured non-planar release surface. A backfill layer is disposed upon and conforms to the non-planar structured surface. The backfill layer includes a first cross-linked polymer and a plurality of multifunctional monomers, which cure via different and independent curing mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Evan L. Schwartz, Claire Hartmann-Thompson, Shijing Cheng, Nicholas C. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20180294317
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates, and articles and methods of using nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates for the fabrication of an OLED including a nanostructure, using lamination techniques. Nanostructured OLED devices can exhibit enhanced light extraction efficiency. The methods involve transfer and/or replication of a film, layer, or coating in order to form a nanostructured surface that is in optical contact with the emitting surface of an OLED in, for example, a top emitting or a bottom emitting active matrix OLED (TE-AMOLED or BE-AMOLED) device. The articles having enhanced light extraction efficiency can be of particular use in color-by-white (CBW) OLED displays, which use white-light spectrum OLEDs with a color filter array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, Seong Taek Lee, Michael Benton Free, Nicholas C. Erickson
  • Patent number: 9997573
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes nano-structured light extraction color filter laminates, and articles and methods of using nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates for the fabrication of an OLED including a nanostructure, using lamination techniques. Nanostructured OLED devices can exhibit enhanced light extraction efficiency. The methods involve transfer and/or replication of a film, layer, or coating in order to form a nanostructured surface that is in optical contact with the emitting surface of an OLED in, for example, a top emitting or a bottom emitting active matrix OLED (TE-AMOLED or BE-AMOLED) device. The articles having enhanced light extraction efficiency can be of particular use in color-by-white (CBW) OLED displays, which use white-light spectrum OLEDs with a color filter array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, Seong Taek Lee, Michael Benton Free, Nicholas C. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20170084669
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes nano-structured light extraction color filter laminates, and articles and methods of using nanostructured light extraction color filter laminates for the fabrication of an OLED including a nanostructure, using lamination techniques. Nanostructured OLED devices can exhibit enhanced light extraction efficiency. The methods involve transfer and/or replication of a film, layer, or coating in order to form a nanostructured surface that is in optical contact with the emitting surface of an OLED in, for example, a top emitting or a bottom emitting active matrix OLED (TE-AMOLED or BE-AMOLED) device. The articles having enhanced light extraction efficiency can be of particular use in color-by-white (CBW) OLED displays, which use white-light spectrum OLEDs with a color filter array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: March 23, 2017
    Inventors: Martin B. Wolk, Seong Taek Lee, Michael Benton Free, Nicholas C. Erickson
  • Publication number: 20160288450
    Abstract: A transfer film includes a template layer having a first major surface and an opposing second major surface. The second major surface includes a structured non-planar release surface. A backfill layer is disposed upon and conforms to the non-planar structured surface. The backfill layer includes a first cross-linked polymer and a plurality of multifunctional monomers, which cure via different and independent curing mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Publication date: October 6, 2016
    Inventors: Evan L. Schwartz, Claire Hartmann-Thompson, Shijing Cheng, Nicholas C. Erickson