Quantum Dots has a myriad of potential applications and a true enabling technology for all fields of science which offers better features, more accuracy, energy savings, less weight, higher reliability and lower cost.
Quantum Dots: Next Generation Of Displays
by David Doderer (iSP Magazine July/August 2013)
One Continuous Flow Microreactor can produce 100kg of Highly Uniform Tetrapod Quantum Dots per day or around 30,000kg per year. Assuming a design that coats the entire display surface with Quantum Dot Film, that is enough to create approximately 10 Million QD-LEDTV's, outpacing projected market demand for the next few years. David Doderer VP of Research & Development
Nov 30th 2016 Uniglobe Kisco Cadmium Free Validation/Commercial Shipments Early 2017/Funding Uniglobe Kisco, Inc. President Kenji Shimada commented, “It’s exciting to be partnering with Quantum Materials in this revolutionary display material technology. Our own rigorous testing has shown product specifications for their cadmium-free quantum dots to be at or beyond what is currently available in the market today, and their innovative high-volume production technology gives us confidence in the company’s ability to fulfill demand as the market for quantum dot-enabled films for displays grows.” Link to Uniglobe Kisco/QMC Cad Free Dots
Quantum Materials today announced that the Company is continuing work with a leading optical film manufacturer, building upon a relationship which originated under an initial joint development agreement. Over past year as this development work has ramped up and other projects have come on line, Quantum Materials Corp has tripled its full-time science and engineering staff with the addition of several patentholding scientists, and engineering, and manufacturing operations specialists. In addition, effective September 1, 2016 the Company will double its lab space at Quantum Materials’ San Marcos, Texas headquarters. Aug 3rd 2016 Quantum Materials Developing Nanomaterials for Tracing Fracking Fluids To Point of Origin Quantum Materials today announced that the Company has partnered with a Texas-based E&P technology business and is currently developing specialized nanomaterials for use in oil and gas well production optimization. The project, which is nearing the completion of the initial phase, is targeting new materials which are expected to provide for safer and more efficient recovery of hydrocarbon resources. The challenges of creating nanoparticles that can withstand the harsh downhole environment are leading us to discoveries that we can apply to make our quantum dots for use in displays and lighting more robust. The Company realized a small revenue contribution from this project in fiscal year 2016 that ended June 30. June 14th 2016 Quantum Materials Corp. Appoints Sri Peruvemba CEO
Sept 16th 2016 Quantum Materials Corp. Continues Work for Joint Development Partner, Increases Strategic Personnel and Lab Space
Display Industry Expert to Drive Technology to Commercialization and NASDAQ Uplisting. Stephen Squires will remain CEO of Quantum Materials Asia and Solterra Renewable Technologies. We are well poised to grow Quantum Materials Corp within the display industry while positioning the company to be a market leader we believe that our continuous flow manufacturing process has us positioned to be an industry leader, as other uses for quantum dots begin to commercialize.
April 8th 2016 Quantum Materials Closes Financing Company has closed its convertible note and warrant financing, previously disclosed in a Current Report on Form 8-K, significant revenue later in 2016. Company is announcing that independent director Daniel Carlson has assumed the role of Chairman. As we look to position Quantum Materials for a potential uplisting to a major exchange, the board felt it was prudent to separate the roles of CEO and Chairman by moving an independent director into the Chair, stated Mr. Carlson. June 1st 2015 Quantum Materials Announces QDX(TM) Class Quantum Dots With High Heat, Oxidation and Moisture Resistance Quantum Materials Corp today released their QDX ™ class of rugged Cadmium-free quantum dots with the highest heat, oxidation and moisture resistance available industry-wide.
May 23rd 2016 QMC Enters Next Phase of Cadmium-Free Quantum Dot Development
Increase shipment quantities as development reaches pre-commercial scale later this year, commercial quantities of a high performance cadmium-free quantum dot film in conjunction with our partners will be available to display manufacturers in early 2017. Increasing concern over the use of cadmium in consumer displays has been driven by RoHS Directives, Our decision to accelerate development of cadmium-free quantum dots and our ability to recruit a distinguished scientific, technical and production team has allowed us to achieve this milestone and initiate ramping-up of sample production volumes.“We value our relationship with Kisco and look forward to working with them at DisplayWeek to continue growing the current customer partnerships they have facilitated and build upon the momentum we are developing as a team,” Mr. Squires will be participating in a CMO panel discussion.
QDX™ Quantum Dots do not degrade under the high heats used in application to film, silicon and polymer and allow for creative LCD display and LED lighting engineering as well as lowering protective barrier film costs. May 20th 2015 Quantum Materials to Announce New Class of High-Reliability Quantum Dots at SID Display Week 2015 Leading North American quantum dot manufacturer Quantum Materials Corp today announced plans to introduce a new class of high-reliability
Cadmium-free quantum dots at the Society of Information Display (SID) Display Week 2015 International Symposium in San Jose June 1st. April 29th 2015 Quantum Materials picks up funding to improve flat-screen technology Quantum Materials Corp. reported raising $490,000 of a planned $2 million financing.
The San Marcos company collected the capital from five investors, according to a Tuesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. April 22nd 2015 Quantum Materials Taking Early Delivery of New Metric Ton Scale Quantum Dot Production System QMC today announced it is taking early delivery of a new quantum dot (QD) production system over eight times larger than its current installed capacity.
The new continuous-flow process equipment will increase production capacity by 2,000 kilograms (2 metric tons) April 1st 2015 Quantum Materials Appoints Craig A. Lindberg as Chief Financial Officer "Mr. Lindberg's appointment is effective Monday, April 6, 2015 and is in line with the company's drive to enhance the breadth and depth of its financial and operational leadership team." March 18th 2015 Quantum Materials Breaks Stokes Shift Barrier "Company Announces Availability of 'Strong Shift' Quantum Dots in Commercial Quantities Through Patented Continuous Flow Synthesis Process. Quantum Materials is also making significant advancements with Cadmium Free Quantum Dots which are in evaluation stage by some of the worlds largest display makers" February 5th 2015 Quantum Materials Begins Shipping Cadmium-Free Red and Green Quantum Dots "Company accelerates development to meet display manufacturer demand as a result of management meetings at 2015 Consumer Electronics Show" January 6th 2015 QMC Production Capacity to Two Metric Tons by Q2 2015 to Meet 4K LCD TV and Display Demand December 15th 2014 CEO Stephen Squires to Speak at Rice Center for Quantum Materials Launch
November 5th 2014 Quantum Materials Corp to Quadruple Lab Space and Add Scientists August 20th 2014 Quantum Materials Acquires Bayer Technology Quantum Dot Manufacturing & Solar Cell Patents
August 6th 2014 Quantum Materials Achieves 95% Quantum Yield by Automated Quantum Dot Production June 3rd 2014 Quantum Materials Initiates Mass Production Months Ahead of Schedule
Key Alliances Disclosures Publications & Patents
1/6/15 Introducing Quantum Materials
Non-Heavy Metal Quantum Dots
10/1/14 Stephen Squires Interview
Live on Clear Channel Radio
9/3/14 Time Warner News discusses
Quantum Dots with Stephen Squires
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10/7/15 SNNLive - Quantum Materials Corp
2014 10-K Highlights
Eleven of the twenty-four potential clients have already had one or more face-to-face meetings with company management & 2 dozen automated production samples to potential clients.
As a result of our automated production system, we have increased our rate of shipping samples to potential customers and we have delivered more than two dozen shipments.
To our knowledge this represents the first shipments of automated production, not manual “batch” production. Our volume production process assures our clients that we can deliver high volumes of quantum dots for industrial use.Industries or uses intended include – Displays, Lighting, Biotech, Anti-counterfeiting, Sensors, Solar, Paint, and Coatings. For the most part, our shipments of samples are to client’s specifications, and for others, these samples are preliminary shipments for evaluation for secondary purposes as we collaborate toward the development of their specific quantum dot enabled product. Today we have a very active pipeline of potential clients that grows daily. These potential clients require a broad range of nanomaterials from relatively simple Red emitting quantum dots to both near and far Infrared emitting Quantum Dots, Thick-Shell Quantum Dots and/or Non-Heavy Metal Quantum Dots. Industries or uses intended include – Solid-State Lighting, Hydrogen Conversion, Displays, Solar, Automotive Glass and BIPV films, Batteries, Lasers, Biotech and Inks.
Eleven of the twenty-four potential clients have already had one or more face-to-face meetings with company managment.
To maintain control of quantum dot production and quality, the Company’s preferred business relationship is a joint venture that evolves from a collaborative development effort where the parties agree to cooperate in the design and production of a range of new end products utilizing the Company’s Nanomaterials and/or screen printing processes, with the other party contributing industry expertise and substantial marketing, distribution and sales capabilities. In most cases, the Company envisions that the industry joint venture party would provide the financial resources to underwrite the project. In some cases, the joint venture may need to seek outside financing for the commercialization phase of the project. In either case, the Company would continue to control the production of the nanomaterials for incorporation into the end products.
Alternatively, the Company may choose to license a manufacturer of end products to incorporate the Company’s Nanomaterials into one or more specific products on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis. In some cases, it may be appropriate to dedicate an equipment unit to a single product line (for example, silicon nanocrystals for energy storage) for a single licensee, whether sited at the Company’s facilities or at the facilities of the licensee. In all cases, the license would contain provisions restricting the use of the Company’s technology and protecting its intellectual property.
In advancing these development activities, the Company follows a disciplined process to protect its intellectual property and foster collaborative arrangements. First, NDAs are entered into, followed by sample agreements. The Company then formulates, manufactures and supplies product samples to the counterparty’s specifications for evaluation and testing. If successful, this then leads to discussions on the form of a possible commercial relationship. Each step takes time, and the Company is increasing its sample production capacity to satisfy the backlog of requests for its materials of different compositions. Sample production is currently accommodated through use of the lab facilities at the Company’s Wet Lab described below.
In seeking to expand its customer base, the Company’s marketing strategy will be to engage in joint ventures or other strategic arrangements with manufacturers and others to jointly develop applications using its patented continuous production process and licensed screen printing technology to maximum effect. Such joint collaborations will involve the Company working closely with the industry counterpart to optimize the performance of the Company’s materials in each application or device, and to use the results from product development and testing to further enhance product specifications to meet the requirements of the market. These collaborations will support the Company’s internal research and development activities, which will continue to be a primary part of the Company’s business. The principal revenue streams for the Company are expected to be from (i) sales of Nanomaterials, (ii) royalties from sales of products and components by third parties incorporating the Company’s Nanomaterials, (iii) milestone payments under joint development arrangements with product developers and manufacturers, and (iv) sub-licensing fees where the Company engages in sub-licensing arrangements for its technology.
The Company is preparing to enter the next phase of its development - production and supply of commercial scale volumes of Tetrapod Quantum Dots to potential customers and joint ventures in order to develop a platform of initial customers in various industries. In order to finance the development of its business, including the establishment of its continuous process manufacturing facility, purchase of the first two equipment units and the expansion of its marketing and sales capabilities, the Company will be seeking additional investment capital. Provided this capital raised is successful and can be accomplished in the first quarter of 2014, the Company expects to commerce generating limited revenues from the production of TQD's at the Wet Lab in the second quarter of 2014. Such revenues are expected to be modest at first and will dependent upon generating purchase orders from potential currently under NDA and evaluating the Company's technology. As part of this strategy, the Company has engaged in discussions with numerus target customers and has signed a number of NDA's and Sample Agreements to increase the probability of receiving firm orders from one or more of these entities. The primary short term objective of the Company is to establish its first continuous manufacturing process at the Wet Lab and produce volumes ot Tetrapod Quantum Dots for supply to customers on a commercial scale.
The Company has completed a joint development effort with a non-affilliated third party provider of industrial process equipment which resulted in the design and successful proof of concept testing of a scalable production unit for manufacturing the Company's proprietary TQD's on a low cost, continuous basis. The Company has negotiated an agreement with the equipment provider for the delivery of a lab scale equipment capable of producing 2 grams per hour. This first unit will be used to validate synthesis protocols for customized TQD's developed to meet customer specification and will also be used to produce samples and to fulfill small to medium-size orders. The Company has also negotiated an agreement with the equipment provider for the delivery of a production scale equipment unit capable of producing 2 kilograms per hour. This unit is intended to be used to fulfill additional commecial orders. Subject to the Company obtaining financing for both of these equipment acquisitions, the sample size and production size equipment units are expected to be delivered to the Wet Lab during the first and third quarters of 2014, respectively.
Each unit will be comissioned and tested upon delivery, with a view towards commencing initial production runs of TQD's within 30-60 days after installation. While the Company plans to work extensively with this provider of equipment units, the Company owns all rights to the designs and intellectual property resulting from the development project, and could contract with one or more other competent suppliers of equipment if that became necessary.
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Recent Headlines Overview
Quantum Materials Corp to Quadruple Lab Space and Add Scientists Quantum Materials Corp (OTCQB:QTMM) today announced it has signed an agreement with STAR Park that will quadruple the Company's Quantum Dot production space when the new state-of-the-art lab and offices are completed on or before June 2015. The Company is also recruiting to double its scientific staff effective January 2015.
Quantum Materials Scaling Up Photoactive Quantum Dot Production for Solar Power Generation Today announced that it is scaling volume production of photoactive quantum dots for use in next-generation photovoltaic solar power technologies. While offering numerous advantages for solar power generation, the high cost and difficulty of producing large quantities of quantum dots with which to develop thin film solar cells has until now kept them from commercial utilization and acceptance. The company is also seeking partners for pilot thin-film quantum dot solar cell factories with Quantum Materials' automated quantum dot production system supplying the material necessary to support daily runs of continuous roll-to-roll thin film production.
Quantum Materials Achieves 95% Quantum Yield by Automated Quantum Dot Production Advanced Production Line Provides High Performance, Uniformity and Mass-Production Economies of Scale with Major Implications for Display, Solar and Solid-State Lighting Industries QMC is planning additional capacity on the order of multi-kilograms per day to meet project needs that are being defined. QMC previously stated that capacity could be expanded sufficient to support the entire display industry converted to quantum dot 4K and 8K displays. According to market researcher IHS, demand for QD-LCD displays is projected to jump to 87.3 million units by 2020 (a CAGR of 109% between 2013 and 2020) as QD prices decrease and a reliable and uniform quantum dot supply is assured for large production runs. QMC is positioned to capture QD-LCD market share.
Quantum Materials Announces New Outside Directors and Adds Scientific Advisory Board.
Quantum Materials Corporation announced today the addition of Mr. Ray Martin and Mr. John Heaton to the Board of Directors. QMC also announced formation of a Scientific Advisory Board chaired by Dr. Ghassan Jabbour, QMC Chief Science Officer and Board of Directors Member, along with Scientific Advisory Board members Dr. Michael Wong of Rice University and Mr. Tomio Gotoh, a pioneer of the Personal Computer in Japan. Mr. Ray Martin is currently CEO of Advanced Lighting Technologies, Fremont, Ca., maker of high efficiency LED drivers and Co-Chairman of Sustainable Silicon Valley, a non-profit with a vision for a sustainable future. Mr. John Heaton spent 29 years in the semiconductor equipment industry, with 10 years as CEO of NASDAQ traded Nanometrics. He is currently Executive Vice President at Advenira, a nanocomposites coatings and deposition technology company. Quantum Materials Ships 20 Grams of Quantum Dots to Major Asia-Based Global Company in First Weeks of Operation of Scaled Production.
Quantum Materials Corp today announced the shipment of 20 grams of quantum dots to a major Asia-based global company. Quantum Materials accomplished the manufacture in a portion of the first week after installation and commissioning runs of the Company's new automated production system. We plan to quadruple production output by January 15, 2015, and have engineered plans in place to deploy short-lead-time parallel systems to meet ever increasing market demand. Quantum Materials Corp. Initiates Quantum Dot Mass Production Months Ahead of Schedule.
Quantum Materials Corp announced today that it has received its increased capacity equipment and is launching mass production of advanced materials several months ahead of schedule. As an emerging provider of quantum dots, nanoparticle materials and related platform technologies, Quantum Materials Corp.'s (QMC) production phase equipment is capable of producing 250 kilograms of quantum dots per annum
Quantum Materials Secures Funding to Initiate Expanded Tetrapod Quantum Dot Production.
Quantum Materials also reporting that the (LANL) Thick-Shell technology will be integrated with a variety of Quantum Materials composit Tetrapod Quantum Dots to develop a line of high preformance quantum dots. Quanutum Materials is proud to announce they have teamed with LANL and have jointly written and submitted a proposal for funding to the recent DOE EERE Funding opportunity for Solid State Advanced Technology R&D, which aim to increase performance and market rediness of efficient LED lights incorporating improved quantum dots.
Quantum Materials Update on Scaled Quantum Dot Production.
Quantum Materials has closed funding necessary to acquire and deploy automated equipment for significantly increased Tetrapod Quantum Dot production. This production capacity has been designed to provide a reliable means of scaling quantum dot manufacturing under conditions that tightly control synthesys parameters that are necessary for high quality materials. Forecasts for quantum dots across several industries have increasingly described a market under rapid expansion. We anticipate that notable customer product launches incorporating Quantum Dot technologies will capture the attention of the public as we move into 2015 and beyond. Quantum Materials plans that the next larger system, expected to be deployed in a similary expedited schedule, will place the company far ahead of the competition in the ability to supply reliable industrial quantities of quantum dots.
Quantum Materials Receives Advanced Quantum Dot Frost & Sullivan Award Quantum Materials Corporation "enaboling technology' overcomes all quantum dot industry problems by delivering high-quality lower-cost, and uniform in commercial quantities quantum dots for the reliable supply necessary for industrial production commitments. Frost & Sullivan rated QMC higher than competitors in all criteria, specifically highlighting QMC's low cost of manufacture, mass production capability, potential for market acceptance, and a variety of hybrid quantum dots before concluding " QMC's QD technology is poised for large-scale adoption in diverse fields, such as lighting, displays, solar energy, sensors, opto-electronics and flexible electronics".
Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Shyam Krishnan said, "There is no question that the future is very bright for quantum dots. Their ability to interact with photons, electrons, and chemicals to make useful energy, light or other nanoscale actions is as yet unmatched among nanoparticles. Quantum Materials Corporation's patented quantum dot synthesis that allows scalable mass production will allow them to service a multitude of industries in the near future. That is the reason they have earned the Frost & Sullivan 2012 North America Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturer.
A New Paradigm of Science and Business
The 21st Century will be The Quantum Dot Era. The kilogram quantity mass production of quantum dots is clearly a game-changer. High quality, high quantity and lowest price quantum dots will increase the rate of change and new products will cascade into the marketplace once manufacturers learn to integrate higher efficiency / luminescence quantum dots into their products. This level of change represents a new paradigm that will create new industries, products and jobs in science and industry. The list of possible quantum dot applications is ever expanding. We see creative new applications waiting for the availability of quantum dots. We see a multitude of new jobs made possible by QD.
We see applications that create or save energy, diagnose, treat and cure formidable diseases and are Green because our cadmium free quantum dots use less material, no REE, and are thinner, lighter, more robust and ecologically greener in the manufacture process. Quantum Dot possibilities will become product realities and increase the standard of living for the people of the world as electricity becomes portable and plentiful while at the same time electronic products become ubiquitous and inexpensive.
Business Development Overview
The Following is an Overview of the Company and its Operations
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Disclaimer: All descriptions of ongoing discussions involving potential business opportunities are subject to change and we can provide no assurances that such discussions will lead to the desired end result which is most favorable or beneficial to the Company, if at all, or that the Company will achieve profitable operations.
QMC is in early stage discussions with a worldwide manufacturer/distributor/retailer of consumer goods concerning participation in the development of quantum dot consumer products that could result in two or more possible product collaborations for retail mass production and distribution. This would provide QMC and Solterra with an experienced partner in design, production, marketing and sale outlets for new consumer products. Further research and discussions are needed and industrial and commercial applications of these products could be developed independently of any alliance.
QMC has a NDA with a Top 10 printing industry manufacturer specializing in security products and printing of bank cards, currency, passports and other documents. Initial discussions centered on Tetrapod quantum dots ("TQD") uses as an ink. TQD can be used in many ways for security products. Inorganic TQD exhibit photostability, narrow bandwidth and wide spectrum with very unique signature property advantages over dyes and chromophores for identification, tracking and tracing purposes. QMC quantum dot patented printing capabilities for inkjet and R2R (roll to roll) can also be employed for mass production of secure passports, bank cards (for identification and interaction), money and other financial instruments. TQD's have singular properties in multiple fields of science including Photonics, Plasmonics, Optoelectronics and Piezoelectric and are now being used in sophisticated security and sensor applications that cannot be duplicated by counterfeiters.
QMC has fielded inquiries from conductive metallic ink makers interested in non-exclusive licensing or co-development of a QD-Polymer ink for various printed electronics applications. These companies are conducting due diligence on quantum dot characteristics for their applications. One possible use is for RFID (radio frequency identification) antenna applications for tracking packages in-transit as part of an active track and trace system with greater range and information holding, replacing passive systems. Active RFID can be read at further distances and can contain more information than passive systems. Conductive metallic inks used in active RFID can experience decreased function due to heat and/or oxidation, and have had recent high price increases in base material costs. In another use, invisible tetrapod quantum dot ink could be painted on valuable property and be used for property identification if stolen and recovered.
QMC has a NDA and is in discussions with a large molecular biology company currently successfully marketing recombinant proteins to researchers to functionalize QMC TQD to their own recombinant proteins, antibodies, aptamers, and peptides as value added product to sell to researchers in the life sciences. QMC is actively pursuing this same biotech market for other companies amenable to non-exclusive licensing of our quantum dots for research purposes or joint venture for development of advanced diagnostic tools delivering instant results at low cost or the use of our TQD as a drug delivery platform.
Quantum dots in biotech offer improved performance at the same or lower cost of current technologies. For diagnostic purposes, TQD's used in bioluminescent resonance energy transfer diagnostic assays have the major advantages over current state-of-the-art polymerase chain reaction of being near instantaneous and highly accurate besides offering the potential for mass production and much lower end-user costs. Assays, microarrays and point of care devices will also benefit from the high quantum yield, increased sensitivity and photostability of quantum dots over fluorphores and small organic dyes in identification, tracking and analysis of target cells. Polyethylene glycol coated PQD's can be bioconugated to antibodies, proteins, peptides, aptamers and small molecules. TQD have a high surface area to mass ratio due to their small size, diseases or conditions. TQD's offer the ability to multiplex by binding to both targeting and drug agents, with the added capability of fluorescing if needed generally under 10nm (Nanometers), as a drug delivery platform for theranostic treatment of cancer and other Nanobio applications.
Quantum Materials has an alliance agreement with Nanoaxis LLC. Nanoaxis specializes in developing leading edge bioimaging, biological diagnostic tools and drug therapies that rely on the unique properties of nanomaterials and more specifically TQD's. Compared with the conventional organic dyes, quantum dots have several some attractive advantages: long-term photostability, higher fluorescent outcome, narrower fluorescence emission, sensitivity to the electric and magnetic field. These advantages give a broad prospect for quantum dots to be applied in the biophysics field. QMC is working with Nanoaxis for the joint development of these exciting new diagnostic tools and drug therapies. The immediate aim of the alliance is to develop TQD based Cancer diagnostic kits and theranostic applications including Alzheimer's, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer and Major Depression.
Quantum Materials is developing specialized quantum dots for NanoAxis to functionalize with their proprietary biomedical nanomaterials for a multiplexing drug delivery platform for drug/gene therapy and diagnostic medical devices technologies. The technology alliance allows these technologies to be developed rapidly due to Quantum Materials' ability to create the highest quality quantum dots in quantities necessary to support multiple projects with timely deliveries.
The immediate goal is to develop a QD microarray device for detection, diagnosis and quantification of early cancers. The QD-MI device will be designed for rapid detection and grading of various multiple cancers using blood assays; easily, with higher accuracy and at less cost than current single ELISA assays. All diagnostic and pharmaceutical products will include QMC quantum dots functionalized by NanoAxis biomedical IP nanotechnology. We anticipate we can achieve production and initiate sales in fiscal 2014 and based on our limited test marketing, we believe this product has the potential to be well received by the nanobio markets. However, no assurances can be given the aforementioned plans will occur or lead to profitable operations.
According to a recent report published by BCC Research the total market for nanobiotechnology products is $19.3 billion in 2010 and is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 9% to reach a forecast market size of $29.7 billion by 2015.According to a New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. the Global BioImaging Technologies Market is forecast to Reach US$37.4 Billion by 2017. Another recently published report by Bharatbook.com entitled "Quantum Dots : Technologies and Global Markets" indicates that the global market for quantum dots (QDs) in 2010 was worth an estimated $67 million in revenues. This market is projected to grow over the next 5 years, reaching almost $670 million by 2015, representing a tenfold increase. Optoelectronics, which includes quantum dot photovoltaics, represents one of the greatest market sectors. This area was launched in 2010 and is expected to increase at a 128.4% compound annual growth rate to reach a value of $310 million in 2015. The more established biomedical sector was valued at $48 million in 2010. This sector is expected to increase at a 30% compound annual growth rate to reach a value of $179 million in 2015.
Solterra is a development stage quantum dot solar cell technology and manufacturing company. We perceive an opportunity for Solterra to acquire a significant amount of solar photovoltaic market share by commercializing a low cost quantum dot based third/fourth generation photovoltaic technology/solar cell, pursuant to an exclusive license agreement with William Marsh Rice University ("Rice University" or "Rice"). Our objective is to become the first TQD solar cell manufacturer and the first solar cell manufacture to be able to offer a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in key markets in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Competitors are pursuing different nanotechnological approaches to developing solar cells, but the general idea is the same for all. When light hits an atom in a semiconductor, those photons of light with lots of energy can push an electron out of its nice stable orbital around the atom. The electron is then free to move from atom to atom, like the electrons in a piece of metal when it conducts electricity. Using nano-size bits of semiconductor embedded in a conductive plastic maximizes the chance that an electron can escape the nanoparticle and reach the conductive plastic before it is "trapped" by another atom that has also been stripped of an electron. Once in the plastic, the electron can travel through wires connecting the solar cell to an electronic device. It can then wander back to the nanocrystal to join an atom that has a positive charge, which scientifically is called electron hole recombination.
A quantum dot solar cell typically uses a thin layer of quantum dot semiconductor material, rather than silicon wafers, to convert sunlight into electricity. Quantum Dots, also known as nanocrystals, measure near one billionth of an inch and are a non-traditional type of semiconductor. Management believes that they can and will be used as an enabling material across many industries and that quantum dots are unparalleled in versatility and flexible in form.
Solterra intends to design and manufacture solar cells using a proprietary thin film semiconductor technology that we believe will allow us to reduce our average solar cell manufacturing costs and be extremely competitive in this market. Solterra will be one of the first companies to integrate non-silicon quantum dot thin film technology into high volume low cost production using proprietary technologies. Our objective is to become one of the first solar module manufacturers to offer a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in key markets in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Management believes that the manufacture of our thin film quantum dot solar cells can introduce a cost effective disruptive technology that can help accelerate the conversion from a fossil fuel dependent energy infrastructure to one based on renewable, carbon-neutral energy sources. We believe that our proposed products also can be a part of the solution to greenhouse gases and global warming.
Plan of Operation
| |QMC will scale up Quantum Dot Production by applying proprietary technology licensed from Rice University for our quantum dot synthesis process and accomplishing large scale production using proprietary Micro-Reactor technology jointly developed through an agreement with Access2Flow an advanced flow chemistry consortium based in the Netherlands. These proprietary technologies enables QMC/Solterra to produce the highly desirable tetrapod quantum dots at a cost savings of greater than 75% compared to competing suppliers, and will organically supply QMC/Solterra's requirements for quantum dots for its solar cells and other quantum dot enabled products. Additionally, QMC intends to market these TQD's through various existing supply channels into various markets, including but not limited to lighting, security and electronics. The initial pilot scale up will take place at the Access2Flow facilities in the Netherlands and once optimized, equipment will be relocated as required to the nanobiotechnology or solar cell production facility.
Solterra will fabricate solar cells and optimize the performance of solar cells based on a proprietary blend of TQD's . The aim is to invest our best efforts to demonstrate and scale up production of low cost quantum dot solar cells having peak efficiency of greater than 10%. The efficiency of solar cells is the electrical power it puts out as percentage of the power in incident sunlight. Within the photovoltaic market, cell pricing and peak efficiency are key benchmarks for consumers in the decision for system selection and installation. The design and manufacture of Solterra's quantum dot based solar cells is projected to allow for the conversion of sunlight into usable electricity at a combination of efficiencies and cell cost at a very low "cents per kilowatt-hour" rate. The initial work was accomplished on site at the Arizona State University labs but such work was relocated to better accommodate the logistic requirements of our Chief Science Officer, Professor Ghassan Jabbour.
Identify, license and or develop additional quantum dot enabled applications in the lighting, memory and medical fields
The Current Objectives of the Company upon receipt of additional financing are as follows:
-Become the first bulk manufacture of high quality tetrapod quantum dots and have Solterra become the first solar cell manufacturer to be able to offer a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in key markets in the Middle East ,Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.
-Build a robust intellectual property portfolio in Nanomaterials, Nanobio technologies, nanomaterials processes, third & fourth generation photovoltaics, quantum dot process technologies and numerous other quantum dot enabled technologies. Success criteria include completion of preparation and filing of numerous patent applications in the area of Nanomaterials, tetrapod quantum dots, continuous flow chemistry and Quantum Dot Solar Cell technology, although no assurances can be given that these goals will be achieved.
-Initiate scaled manufacturing of tetrapod quantum dots, based in part on technology licensed from William H. Marsh Rice University, and building on continued research. Planning includes the implementation of one or more TQD pilot lines The design of the pilot line is intended such that the initial target output of the line, at approximately one kilogram per day, can be further scaled at least by an order of magnitude to 100 Kilograms per day in 2012. The output of the tetrapod quantum dots manufacturing will be used for QMC/Nnaoaxis Nanobio products and Solterra's quantum dot solar cells as well as stand-alone sales to third party developers of quantum dot products such as lighting, battery's, displays, memory and computer and consumer electronics.
-Continue to develop and characterize the Quantum Dot Solar Cell product; moving towards pilot proof line for solar cells and leading to high throughput print line ultimately capable of yearly solar cell output near gigawatt range. Target cell efficiencies are 15% within 1 year and greater than 25% within five years. Coupled within cell cost per watt decreasing below $.75/Watt, we intend to pursue initial product sales in late 2012 with significant increases in 2013.
The following is an outline of the business accomplishments of the Company since July 2011
Completed proof of concept for producing Tetrapod Quantum Dots ("TQD") using the micro reactor process.
Completed 30 grams per week pilot scale production of TQD's using continuous flow micro reactor process and next step is now large scale production.
Negotiated Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Saudi business group to establish TQD & solar cell production in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Negotiated and consummated alliance agreement with Nanoaxis for the joint development of nanobio products with initial focus on invitro diagnostic kits and drug delivery technologies using TQD's.
Established focused R&D effort to develop production process and shelling techniques to produce extremely high quantum yield TQD's.
Developed and implemented plan to establish nanobio R&D and production lab in Texas.
Negotiated rights to sub-license technologies with Rice University. This was necessary to complete the joint venture agreements that we have been negotiating in the middle east and will be necessary as we pursue similar JV's in other regions.
Re-negotiated the Rice University license to split the single license agreement into two separate license agreements one with Quantum Materials Corp. for all medical applications and all electronics applications with the exception of solar, and one with Solterra Renewable Technologies Inc. just for solar. This is a significant step in structuring the parent company to be able to focus on developing new platform applications where quantum dots can be the enabling material and then forming wholly owned subsidiaries, like Solterra, to scale up and commercialize those technologies. The license agreements provide for the right to grant sublicenses subject to certain conditions.
Developed numerous proprietary processes, and have made significant discoveries that we believe will result in additional intellectual properties for the company.
Identified and began negotiations to license additional process and application oriented intellectual properties with recognized Universities for a broad range of nanotechnology related fields.
We believe that QMC/Solterra's licensed and proprietary technologies provide us with a number of competitive strengths that position us to become a leader in both the Nano-materials industry and the solar cell industry.
QMC's Cost-per-Gram advantage. Our proprietary and patent pending chemistry, process technology and metering technologies enable us to produce high purity, highly uniform tetra-pod quantum dots in high volumes at a very competitive price point. Our intellectual property provides for a number of base elements from which we can produce these unique, highly desirable materials , including non-toxic materials that are well suited for medical and consumer electronics applications.
Solterra's Cost-per-Watt advantage. Our proprietary thin film technology should allow us to achieve an average manufacturing cost per watt less than $.75 and position Solterra's cells as one of the lowest priced in the world and significantly less than the per watt manufacturing cost of crystalline silicon solar modules.
Continuous and scalable production process. We intend to manufacture our solar cells on high-throughput production lines that complete all manufacturing steps, from semiconductor printing to final assembly and testing, in an automated, proprietary, continuous process.
Replicable production facilities. We anticipate using a systematic replication process to build new production lines with operating metrics that are comparable to the performance of best of bread production lines. By expanding production, we believe we can take advantage of economies of scale, accelerate development cycles and leverage our operations, enabling further reductions in the manufacturing cost per watt of our solar cells.
Stable supply of raw materials. We will not be constrained by shortages of semiconductor material, as we will be positioned to produce our own quantum dot materials.
Pre-sold capacity through Long Term Supply Contracts. We expect to pursue long term supply contracts which, if successfully entered into, would provide us with predictable net sales and enable us to realize economies of scale from capacity expansions quickly. By pre-selling the solar cells to be produced on future production lines, we intend to minimize the customer demand risk of our expansion plans.
Favorable system performance. Under real-world conditions, including variation in ambient temperature and intensity of sunlight, we believe systems incorporating our solar cells will generate more kilowatt hours of electricity per watt of rated power than systems incorporating crystalline silicon solar modules, increasing our end-users' return on investment. Solterra solar cells successfully blend the needs for efficiency, low cost, and time to recoup investment. Furthermore, the solar panels will be easy to install due to their flexibility and low weight.
Target Market Segment Strategy
Our goal is to create a sustainable market for our solar modules by utilizing our proprietary thin film semiconductor technology to develop a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in key markets in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We intend to pursue the following strategies to attain this goal:
Penetrate key markets. We expect to be a fully-integrated solar cell manufacturer. To the extent that our finances will permit in the future, we intend to place production lines in strategic locations over the course of many years across the globe which will enable us to diversify our customer base, gain market share in key solar cell markets and reduce our dependence on any individual country's subsidy programs.
Reduce manufacturing costs. We anticipate deploying continuous improvement systems and tools to increase the throughput of all of our production lines and the efficiency of our workforce and to reduce our capital intensity and raw material requirements. In addition, as we expand production, we believe we can absorb fixed costs over higher production volumes, reduce fixed costs by manufacturing in low-cost regions such as Malaysia, negotiate volume-based discounts on certain raw material and equipment purchases and gain production and operational experience that translate into improved process and product performance.
Increase sellable Watts per module. We will constantly be driving several programs designed to increase the number of sellable watts per solar module, which is driven primarily by conversion efficiency.
Enter the mainstream market for electricity. We believe that our ability to enter the non-subsidized, mainstream market for electricity will require system development and optimization, new system financing options and the development of new market channels. As part of these activities, we anticipate developing other quantum dot renewable energy solutions beyond the solar cell that we plan to offer in select market segments.
The grid-tied Photovoltaic market is of importance because it is the fastest growing segment for Photovoltaics. Many of the early niche markets for solar were off-grid solutions such as emergency phone boxes, sail boats, and, of course, outer space. However, now that the price for Photovoltaic solar has dropped and can compete effectively with additional electric power sources (especially when energy rebates are considered), the grid-tied Photovoltaic systems has become the largest growing segment. An appealing aspect of the potential large projects is that a large project can represent the sales volume in one transaction that might require hundreds of individual transactions for residential Photovoltaic solar applications and successfully obtaining these contracts can help us obtain other customer contracts. In addition, the lifetime requirements for some custom large projects may not be as stringent as for the regulated residential electricity market.
The most direct means for establishing the competitive value of Solterra's quantum dot and high-volume printing approach is to note that, while classic PV installed cost is approximately $0.50/kWh, and today's least expensive residential PV systems still cost approximately $0.38/kWh, the cells produced by Solterra are expected to provide electricity in the $0.08 - $0.14/kWh range. This translates into a cost saving of 66% under the cost of the current least expensive residential PV systems.
Quantum Dots: Man-Made Molecule
Quantum dots refer to one of several promising materials niche sectors that recently have emerged from the burgeoning growth area of nanotechnology. Quantum dots fall into the category of nanocrystals, which also includes quantum rods and nanowires. As a materials subset, quantum dots are characterized by particles fabricated to the smallest of dimensions from only a few atoms and upwards. At these tiny dimensions, they behave according to the rules of quantum physics, which describe the behavior of atoms and sub atomic particles, in contrast to classical physics that describes the behavior of bulk materials, or in other words, objects consisting of many atoms.
Quantum Dots measure near one billionth of an inch and are a non-traditional type of semiconductor. They can be used as an enabling material across many industries and are unparalleled in versatility and flexible in form.
These highly efficient tetrapod QD are available across the entire light wavelength from UV to IR spectra and very narrow bandwidth is common. Selectivity of arm width and length is very high allowing different characteristics to be emphasized. Capping with shells and dyes adds desired properties. A custom mixture of quantum dots tuned to optimal wavelengths is easy to create, and projects will have the advantage of unprecedented flexibility and quantities for determining the optimal quantum dot without the time, expense and poor quality of batch synthesis methods.
Rice University Quantum Dot Synthesis Dr. Michael S. Wong's lab at William Marsh Rice University invented a simplified synthesis using greener fluids in a moderate temperature process producing same-sized QD particles, in which more than 95 percent are tetrapods; where previously even in the best recipe less than 50 percent of the prepared particles were all same size and tetrapods. These highly efficient tetrapod QD are available across the entire light wavelength from UV to IR spectra and very narrow bandwidth is common. Selectivity of arm width and length is very high allowing different characteristics to be emphasized. Capping with shells and dyes adds desired properties. A custom mixture of quantum dots tuned to optimal wavelengths is easy to create, and projects will have the advantage of unprecedented flexibility and quantities for determining the optimal quantum dot without the time, expense and poor quality of batch synthesis methods.
Furthermore, the Rice process uses much cheaper raw materials and fewer purification steps. A positively charged molecule called cetyltrimethylammonium bromide provides this dramatic improvement in tetrapod manufacture. This compound, found in some shampoos, also is 100 times cheaper than alkylphosphonic acids currently used and is far safer, further simplifying the manufacturing process.
***Access2Flow Quantum Materials Collaboration for TQD Mass-Production***
Access2Flow continuous flow micro-reactor processing will enable us to scale up the manufacture to our goal of 100kg/day production without loss of quality. Through QMC research and development in conjunction with A2F, we have made improvements on the process which are an integral part of our intellectual property contributed to our Joint Venture and other partnerships. We will be the first to mass produce the highest quality quantum dots at the lowest cost on the market using readily available, non-REE materials.
The Access2Flow continuous flow micro-reactor maintains the synthesis process precise and narrow wavelength uniformity. The quality and quantity of our tetrapod quantum dots have exceeded our requirements and far exceed what is available on the market today. Due to the simplicity of our scale-up to mass production, we believe we could provide last year's display industry's total consumption of QD in one month's production.
Both full-scale quantum dot manufacturing and quantum dot based thin-film photovoltaic solar panel facilities can be developed today with available technologies.
QD Nanotech Applications
Current and future applications of quantum dots impact a broad range of industrial markets. These include, for example, biology and biomedicine; computing and memory; electronics and displays; optoelectronic devices such as LEDs, lighting, and lasers; optical components used in telecommunications; and security applications such as covert identification tagging or biowarfare detection sensors. All of these markets can move from laboratory discovery to commercialization as QMC scales production of quantum dots to robust levels. IN VITRO analysis for cells and biological systems:
Quantum dots make improvements in the quality of marking in both brightness and time to study (hours instead of minutes). IN VIVO selective tissue marking:
Quantum dots have been used for lymph node mapping and vascular and deep tissue imaging. This use has the potential to be much more significant for disease control and cure than any other current pharmacological technology.
*See the extensive 'Quantum Dot Applications' lists below for a far-more in-depth review of the wide-ranging conceivable applications.
QD Printing Applications
Quantum Materials Corporation has the exclusive worldwide license to proprietary quantum dot printing technologies developed by Dr. Ghassan Jabbour.
This pioneering technology makes significant improvements over prior art! Displays:
Quantum Dot LED as well as nanoparticle LED / OLED based displays now have the potential to be manufactured using very high volume, low cost roll-to-roll print processing on inexpensive substrates. In addition to the potential to deliver a significantly lower price point, this technology can also provide, higher definition, increased viewing angles, lower power consumption and reduced response time for an enhanced picture, all in a very thin, light weight, format. These characteristics enable display technologies to flourish in environments that have previously been uneconomical or simply not viable. Lighting:
Tetrapod quantum dots and printing technologies can be printed and applied to certain lighting applications delivering high brightness, true color balance, long life and low energy consumption for highest efficiency. As global consumption of electricity in the world is increasing dramatically, energy efficiency through better electronics and lighting is a key to reducing the overall burden on power production and the expected increases in greenhouse gas emissions. Thermoelectrics:
Thermoelectric devices are not more ubiquitous because, simply stated, they are not efficient. The best materials in nature's arsenal are small bandgap semiconductors and semimetals, but they still do not enable the efficiencies required for a widespread technology adoption. Many researchers are working diligently on nanocomposite materials, such as quantum dots that artificially induce phonon scattering, thereby inhibiting heat transfer due to lattice vibrations while facilitating electron and hole conduction. Results to date have been promising, with improvements by up to 100% of the Zt coefficient (the basic thermoelectric figure of merit) being reported. Photonics & Telecommunications:
Quantum dots make an attractive opportunity to develop optical switches, modulators, and other devices that rely upon nonlinear optics. Quantum dot colloids can have strong transitions at the important 1310nm and 1550nm telecommunication bands that have been incorporated into or onto optical polymers, semiconductor polymers, microcavities, photonics crystals, and even semiconductor devices. Quantum dot nanocomposite materials and associated devices continue to be investigated by numerous researchers with the aim of creating faster, cheaper, and more powerful optical telecommunication components. Security Inks:
Inks and paints incorporating quantum dots, nanoscale semiconductor particles, can be tuned to emit light at specific wavelengths in the visible and infrared portion of the spectra. Ink and paint formulations can be created by combining multiple quantum dots and other pigments to create unique fluorescent spectral barcodes that identify any object or document when illuminated. The quantum dot based inks may be applied via conventional screen, flexography, offset, gravure, and ink jet printing processes while the paints are designed to be sprayed onto any surface.
Introductory Pricing for Academic Research
Stephen B. Squires, Founder and CEO of Quantum Materials Corporation said: "We believe that our tetrapod quantum dots are truly an enabling technological breakthrough. As such we have an obligation to make sure these materials are accessible to researchers across the globe so discovery in the advanced electronics and life sciences fields, among others, can be realized and accelerated. Offering QMC tetrapod quantum dots at a substantial cost savings will increase access to experimentation as the range of quantum dot research also widens. There are a number of potential applications for quantum dots that have not been well described and we really believe this is going to be the kind of platform technology that spurs innovation and creativity throughout the scientific community."
Due to lowered component cost and manufacturing advantages, QMC has initiated sales operations by marketing its high purity, uniform tetrapod quantum dot production at low introductory pricing to the life sciences, academic, and other industrial research and development (R&D) communities. "Research" pricing to the academic community and potential partners will spur development of new market opportunities. The unique properties and quantum effects of quantum dots will cause advances in diverse fields including biology and biomedicine; computing and memory; electronics and displays; optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, LEDs, lighting, and lasers; optical components used in telecommunications; and security applications such as covert identification tagging or biowarfare detection sensors.
We expect to see a strong demand for this product from Universities and R&D arms of nanotech manufacturers of electric light bulbs, electronic equipment, particularly screens for computers, TV, advertising displays as well as a variety of medical uses. Using quantum dots, screens for computers, televisions, advertising displays, cell phones and other electronic devices can produce clearer, sharper pictures at less cost. In addition, there are medical uses, such as biomarkers, which have tremendous potential in deepening the understanding of diseases including cancer and innovating new and dramatically better treatments.
Global QD Market Projections
According to a report by BCC Research, the global market for QDs, which in 2008 was estimated to generate $28.6 million in revenues, is projected to grow over the next 5 years at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 90.7%, reaching over $700 million by 2013. Following the initially modest revenues generated by standalone colloidal QDs - primarily serving the life sciences, academic, and other industrial research and development (R&D) communities - within the next 2 years several product launches with colloidal or in situ QD underpinning will bolster market revenue considerably.
Founder & CEO Quantum Materials & Solterra Renewable Technologies
Stephen Squires has over 25 years of experience in turnarounds, startups, business development, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning. Mr. Squires is skilled at identifying emerging technologies and driving commercialization/global market introduction to position companies for growth. From 1977 to1983, he worked at McDonnell Douglas Corporation, a company engaged in the business of building advanced tactical fighter aircraft and space vehicles, developing and adapting advanced materials for combat aircraft applications. From1983 to 2001, Mr. Squires, as founder, served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aviation Composite Technologies, Inc., a company whose principal business was the engineering, design, manufacture and refurbishment of advanced composite aero structures. Under Mr. Squire's leadership the company grew from zero to over 200 employees and operated a 100,000 square foot state of the art facility. Aviation Composite was merged with USDR Aerospace in 2001. Prior to his employment with the Company which commenced upon the closing date of the Agreement and Plan of Reorganization, Mr. Squire's principal occupation was consulting and advising in the areas of advanced materials, nanotechnology, applications engineering, strategic international marketing with emphasis on middle east and commercialization of emerging technologies for Orasi LLC. Since 1998, Mr. Squires has pursued his interests in advanced materials such as nano fibers and nanotubes where he quickl for service on the Board. Mr. Squires has had experience working for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and Aviation Composite Technologies, each of which brings valuable business experience to the Board.
QMC Exhibitor & Invited Speaker Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference, Moscone Center, San Francisco, February 11-13 2013. Mr Squires Topic, TQD's Applications in Emerging Nano Molecular Medicine & Diagnostics, Ranging from Imaging Assays, Multiplex Drug Delivery & Cellular Targeting Platforms.
Quantum Dots are the future of molecular medicine and biotech, in assays, diagnostics, theranostics, drug delivery and point-of-care devices.
"Green" quantum dot synthesis approach using continuous flow chemistry mass production can dramatically lower the cost of energy transfer conjugates, while delivering better features, and more accurate results and outcomes. These quantum dots are Tetrapod shape, uniform, low cost and mass producible.
Biomedical Research assays using tetrapod quantum dots instead of chromophores and florophores have advantages of brightness, stability and reacton time for more accurate treatments & diagnosis. Quantum dots coupled with biomarkers, allow diagnosis of disease which can become point of care care devies in doctor's offices with instant readouts. Bio-compatable Tetrapod QD used in a multiplexing drug delivery platform is also being explored for diagnosis, treatment and eradication of cancer cells. For many biotech applications the ultimate "enabling technology' will be easily synthesized and scaled high quantum dot yield and uniform quantum dots.
Quantum Materials Corporation is developing specialized quantum dots for a private biotech company, Nanoaxis LLC to functionalize with their proprietary biomedical nanomaterials for a multiplexing drug delivery.
For More Information "Review of Quantum Dot Technologies for Cancer Detection and Treatment" http://www.azonano.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=172
Craig Lindberg Chief Financial Officer
Craig Lindberg co-founded Global Geophysical Services, Inc , where he served as Chief Financial Officer from April 2005 to July 2008. During those years, Global’s revenue grew from $0 to $376 million and EBITDA to $94 million and Mr. Lindberg was instrumental in raising over $400 million in debt and $150 million in equity financing and in leading the company toward a NYSE initial public offering. He developed, implemented, and managed the corporate financial strategy and organization and led the acquisition of six businesses. From July 2008 through September 2009, he served as President and CEO of AutoSeis, Inc., a Global subsidiary. From September 2009 through June 2012, Mr. Lindberg served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives for Global Geophysical Services, Inc. Since then, Mr. Lindberg was both a FP&A and decision support consultant and also co-founded several businesses . Mr. Lindberg received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston and a Masters of Business Administration from Rice University where he established the Global Geophysical Scholarship for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Rawabi Holding Research Chair in Solar and Voltaics Engineering, and Director of Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center, KAUST University, University of Nevada, has recently been elected a Fellow of the European Optical Society. One of only 60 such fellows, his election recognizes his "outstanding contribution in the multidisciplinary fields of optics and photonics, for his role inside the optical community, his great support for the European Optical Society, and especially for his contributions and innovations in printed and flexible nanothick photonics and photovoltaics. Prof. Jabbour will be presented with this honor in Aberdeen in September 2012.
Ghassan E. Jabbour, PhD
Chief Science Officer Chairs the Quantum Materials Science Advisory Board and Serves on the Board of Directors
Prof. Jabbour is the editor of several books and symposia proceedings involving photonics, electronics, nanotechnology, and combinatorial approaches to device and materials optimization. He has chaired and/or co-chaired and been on the organizing committees and sessions of more than 130 conferences related to photonic and electronic materials and devices and their applications in energy, displays and solid-state lighting, hybrid photosensitive materials, and hybrid integration of semiconductors, and nanotechnology. Prof. Jabbour has given more than 440 keynote, plenary and invited talks, and seminars. He was the only academic invited to speak at the United States of America's 2006 Senate S&T Caucus on Advancing Energy Efficiency sponsored by the Optical Society of America; one of the eight speakers at MRS-Symposium X-Frontiers of Materials; one of four invited keynote speakers at the Grand Challenges of Photonics at the European Optical Society (EOS) Annual meeting (2010); Invited Speaker at Nature Photonics Technology Conference in Japan (2010). He has numerous awards including Best Poster Award from the National Academy of Engineering/Engineering Academy of Japan/Japan Science and Technology Agency 2006 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium; FiDiPro Award from the Academy of Finland, and the Hariri Foundation Excellence Award, to mention a few. Prof. Jabbour is an SPIE Fellow and an EOS Fellow. His group's achievements have been highlighted in numerous international journals, magazines and newspapers, including Nature, Nature Photonics, Science, Advanced Materials (4 times on cover), MIT Technology Review, MRS Bulletin, Chemical and Engineering News, USA Today, PC Magazine, LA Times, Boston Globe, Wired, Financial Times London, to mention a few. Moreover, the USA National Science Foundation (NSF) website on "Technological Challenges for Flexible, Light-weight, Low-cost Scalable Electronics and Photonics," features many of Prof. Jabbour's results. In addition, the website of NSF 2005 Year of Physics portrays one of prof. Jabbour's devices on the front page. Dr. Ghassan E. Jabbour was in the past the Director of Flexible and Organic Electronics Development at the Flexible Display Center (FDC) since 2006 and a Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Arizona State University since 2006. (Research activity at ASU) Dr.Jabbour's KAUST Solar Center Presentation; March 2012
Michael S. Wong
Principal Investigator, Associate Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering , Associate Professor in Chemistry (Joint Appointment)
Dr. Michael S. Wong joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2001, and received a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry in 2002. Before coming to Rice University, he did post-doctoral research with Dr. Galen D. Stucky of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Wong's educational background includes a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Caltech, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice ("Practice School") from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT (under the supervision of Dr. Jackie Y. Ying, "Supramolecular Templating of Mesoporous Zirconia-Based Nanocomposite Catalysts"). With the underlying theme of designing and engineering novel materials for catalytic and encapsulation applications, his research interests lie in the areas of nanostructured materials (e.g. nanoporous materials, nanoparticle-based hollow spheres, and quantum dots), heterogeneous catalysis, and bioengineering applications. He is particularly interested in developing new chemical approaches to assembling nanoparticles into functional macrostructures. Dr. Wong, as a Professor at William Marsh Rice University, the licensor of our quantum dots technology, is 100% familiar with our licensing rights with Rice and the capabilities of this technology.
Awards and Achievements
- Promotion to Full Professor (2010)
Southwest Catalysis Society, Chair (2008 - 2010), Past-Chair (link)
AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum, Chair (2009 - present) (link)
Journal of Nanomaterials, Associate Editor (2005 - present)
Chemistry of Materials, Editorial Advisory Board Member (2010 - present)
Faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemical sciences honorary society (2003 - present) (link)
AIChE South Texas Section Best Fundamental Paper in 2008 Award (2009)
IBB Hamill Innovations Award (2009)
Smithsonian Magazine "37 Under 36" Young Innovator Award (2007) (link)
3M Non-tenured Faculty Award (2006, 2007)
GOLD 2006 Conference Best Presentation Award, for "best new idea in gold catalysis" (2006)
AIChE South Texas Section Best Applied Paper Award (2006)
AIChE Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Young Investigator Award (2006)
MIT Technology Review's TR35 Young Innovator Award (2006) (link)
Hershel M. Rich Invention Award (2006)
National Academy of Engineering Indo-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, Invited Speaker (2006)
Smalley/Curl Innovation Award (2005)
National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) Symposium, Invited Participant (2004)
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2003)
National Academy of Engineering Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE)
Symposium, Invited Participant (2002)
Rice Quantum Institute (RQI), Fellow (2002)
Robert P. Goldberg Grand Prize, MIT $50K Entrepreneurship Competition (2001)
Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award (2000)
MIT Chemical Engineering Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (1997)
Faculty advisor for Phi Lambda Upsilon, chemical sciences honorary society (2003 - present)
Vice President of Research and Development
David Doderer has over 15 years of research & development experience in emerging technologies including biotech, nanotech and quantum effects. From 2002 to 2005, he served as principal investigator for USGN, a company engaged in the business of defense, safety and security solutions, where he contributed to numerous patents/patents pending & proprietary processes. From 2006 to 2008, he managed Managing Hudler Titan LLC, a technology consulting company, specializing in advanced nanofiber filtration for gaseous streams; crowd sourcing to efficiently share and manage the information resource existing in personal experience; and a clean energy/ clean air/ clean water initiative through aggregation of retail level contributions in alternative energy based carbon offset programs. Mr. Doderer's vast experience in research and development in emerging technologies and his contributions to the filings of numerous patents and proprietary processes provides invaluable experience to the Board.
Art Lamstein (puravida19) [email protected]
Director of Marketing, Quantum Dots (Former)
Mr. Lamstein has 40+ years sales and marketing experience including recent receivables related county government and local government sales to all three branches of government. He has experience in all levels of the electronics equipment vertical industry. His focus is rapidly gear up marketing QMC tetrapod quantum dots to nanotech researchers including universities to speed experimentation and development.
Quantum Materials Corporation:
First-Tetrapods Synthesis with over 92%>Full Shape
First-Tetrapods with over 92% Uniformity of Size
First-Tetrapods w/precise control of arm width & length
First-Tetrapods Eco-Friendly Green Synthesis
First-Tetrapods Continuous Flow Chemistry Process
First-Tetrapods Mass Production by Continuous Flow
Wide Variety of Group II-VI Tetrapods Cd or Cd-Free
Dec 2012: New Tetrapod for Commercializing New Applications
Best Tetrapod for Commercializing New Applications
Best Company Company for Nanotech Joint Ventire Partering
Proprietary QD Printed Electronics Technologies
Precision printed lithography, gravure, inkjet printing
Roll to Roll QD Printing at high speed on flexible substrates
Contact Art to discuss your projects or applications
Solterra Renewable Technologies:
Solterra Renewable Technologies developing Non-REE Flexable Thin-Film Photovoltaic Tetrapod Solar Plants. Our object is to become the first bulk manufacture of high quality tetrapod quantum dots and the first solar cell manufacturer to be able to offer a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in key markets in North America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia.
Toshi Ando Senior Director Asian Business Development
Toshi Ando has a unique combination of skills in sales, marketing and technical disciplines; and has worked in high-tech fields throughout the Asia-Pacific region for more than 30 years. Toshi began his career as an artificial intelligence (AI) engineer at the legendary software company COSMO 80. Thereafter, he worked at Forval Corporation directly under the CEO who established his reputation as the first "entrepreneur" in the Japanese business community.
In 1993, Toshi relocated to Silicon Valley and served as a strategist for various advanced technology companies, targeting Japanese and other Asian markets. Mr.Ando joined Quantum Materials Corporation in 2010, where his primary focus is on establishing strategic business alliances with leading industrial companies and organizations to facilitate the development and application of next-generation technologies.
Scientific Advisory Board
Quantum Materials is honored to welcome Mr. Tomio Gotoh as a member of the QMC Scientific Advisory Board. Now a consultant for diverse advanced technologies in Japan, Mr. Gotoh is a principal inventor of the NEC TK-80, the first Japanese microcomputer in 1976. He led numerous product launches that made Nippon Electric Company (NEC) the Japanese personal computer industry leader. As NEC’s visionary pioneer, Mr. Gotoh contributed significantly during the dawn of the Personal Computer era with his industry colleagues Bill Gates, Gary Kildall, Kay Nishi and other legendary inventors.
Dr. Munisamy Anandan Scientific Advisory Board
Dr. Munisamy Anandan is a Managing Member of Organic Lighting Technologies LLC, Austin, Texas. He has 40 years of experience in various flat panel display technologies namely, LCD, Plasma, OLED, FED and LCD backlight. He held senior level positions in various companies that include Bell Communications Research, Matsushita Electric works and eMagin Corporation. Anandan is the past president of the Society for Information Display. For the past 12 years he has specialized in LED backlight, for LCDs for various applications including TV, and LED/OLED lighting. Anandan has delivered several key-note addresses, seminars and invited talks at various international conferences around the world, on LED backlight, LED lighting and OLED lighting. He has issued patents on quantum dot and quantum rod based novel pixelated backlight for LCDs, employed in multiplicity of applications. He has numerous patents and publications and has been given several awards that include R&D 100 Award, in recognition of his work. He is Senior Member of IEEE and SID. Anandan has just completed writing one part of a book on ‘Quantum dots and rods and their application to LED backlight for LCD’.
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Nov 7, 2013
Quantum Materials Corp announced today that it has provided Tetrapod Quantum Dots (TQD) to an advanced medical device manufacturer to optimize performance of an "engineered spectrum" quantum dot-enabled light source to better provide useful data to researchers and practitioners that has not been easily discernible until now.
Oct. 2, 2013 Quantum Materials Corporation today announced it has entered into an MOU and University – Industry Partnership Agreement with Texas State University (TSU) in San Marcos, Texas, a short distance from Quantum Materials Corp headquarters at STAR Park.
Sept. 11, 2013
Quantum Materials Establishes Milestone as First Company to Deliver Tetrapod Quantum Dot Samples to LCD Display Manufacturer
Quantum Materials Corp. (OTCQB:QTMM) announced today it has shipped Tetrapod Quantum Dots in sample quantities to a diversified leading Asian-based electronics manufacturer. Quantum Materials recently developed tetrapod quantum dots to meet the client's performance specifications.
June 23, 2013
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Since 1950, Kasha's Rule 1, a principle of photochemistry, held true that if a source of light excited a molecule enough, the molecule would fluoresce in a single color. In 2011, the Alivasatos group at DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, using tetrapod quantum dots, broke Kasha's rule2 by causing them to emit two separate colors instead of just one. This dual emission is possible because the tetrapod's core and arms can separately emit at different wavelengths, and this discovery finds potential in many new advances in optics and nanobio applications.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Quantum Materials Corporation has chosen to relocate its tetrapod quantum dot laboratories to San Marcos, Texas to take advantage of facilities at STAR Park (Science, Technology and Academic Research Park).
Monday, April 22, 2013
Quantum Materials Corporation has chosen the greater Austin area in Texas to relocate headquarters and to establish the company's R&D labs. After considering attractive proposals from Texas, North Carolina and Florida, Quantum Materials Corp. (QMC) has decided that Austin's "Silicon Hills" offers superior business advantages to emerging companies in both the nanotech and biotech fields.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Quantum Materials Corporation has recently developed and delivered customized tetrapod QD samples for applications being developed by Department of Energy National Lab researchers. Read More...
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
QMC announces a new class of cadmium-free, non-REE, non-heavy metal tetrapod quantum dots (NHM-TPQD) developed to meet worldwide concerns regarding nanoparticle biocompatibility and sustainability.
QMC can produce industrial scale quantities of NHM-TPQD using proprietary continuous flow chemistry processes with over 90% tetrapod shape and size uniformity, unmatched in the industry. The new availability of a reliable supply of high quantities of uniform and low cost non-heavy metal tetrapod quantum dots will spur development of products and applications in next-generation displays, sensors, biomedical research, diagnostics and drug delivery, security and conductive inks, solid-state lighting (SSL) and photovoltaic solar cells, currently under development by QMC subsidiary Solterra Renewable Technologies. Read More...
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC), the first manufacturer of Tetrapod Quantum Dots by a mass production continuous flow chemistry process, has been honored with Frost & Sullivan's 2012 North American Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturing. QMC's "enabling technology" overcomes all quantum dot industry problems by delivering high-quality, lower-cost, and uniform quantum dots in commercial quantities for the reliable supply necessary for industrial production commitments. Read More...
November 20, 2012
Quantum Materials Corporation, Inc. proudly announces the USPTO patent grant of a fundamental disruptive technology for synthesis of Group II-VI inorganic tetrapod quantum dots. The patent, "Synthesis of Uniform Nanoparticle Shapes with High Selectivity" and invented by Professor Michael S. Wong's group at William Marsh Rice University, Houston, TX, for the first time gives precise control of both QD shape and dimension during synthesis and is adaptable to quantum dots production of industrial scale quantities. The new synthesis is a greener method using surfactants as would be found in laundry detergent instead of highly toxic chemicals used during industry standard small batch synthesis. Read More...
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
With this advancement, Quantum Materials Corp. Tetrapod Quantum Dots can be produced with a quantum yield greater than 80%, a brightness that increases the performance of this fluorescent marker alternative in biological assays and other applications.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Quantum Dot Based Technology Alliance Targets Major Diseases Quantum Dot Manufacturer and Biomedical Nanotech Company Technology Alliance Targets Alzheimer's, Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, Breast Cancer and Major Depression
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Biocompatible quantum dots to enable industrial scale production of Nanomedicines
Thursday, September 15, 2011 With this advance, researchers and manufacturers have the opportunity to now incorporate Quantum Materials Tetrapod Quantum Dots into new state-of-the-art electronics products that require industrial scale amounts of material.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Quantum Dot Continuous Flow Processing Breakthrough Achieved With this advance, researchers and manufacturers have the opportunity to now incorporate Quantum Materials Tetrapod Quantum Dots into new state-of-the-art electronics products that require industrial scale amounts of material.
Thursday, June 22, 2011
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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Quantum Materials Corporation Subsidiary Solterra Implements High Volume Quantum Dot Manufacturing Plan
Wednesday, April 13, 2010
Hague Corporation Completes Name Change to Quantum Materials Corporation
Ticker Symbol Change to QTMM Effective 4/13/2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Hague Corp.'s Subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies Inc., Announces Introductory, Incentive Pricing for its Tetrapod Quantum Dots
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Hague Corp.'s Subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Announces the Appointment of Andrew Robinson to the Newly Created Position of Senior Director Middle East Business Development
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Hague Corp.'s Subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Announces the Appointment of Renowned Technologist Dr. Bob Glass as Chief Technical Officer
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hague/Solterra today announced that it is initiating the next phase in its plan to make high volume synthesis of tetrapod quantum dots a reality.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Hague/Solterra today announced an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the University of Arizona for the patented, intellectual property covering screen-printing techniques for the fabrication of organic light emitting diodes.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Hague/Solterra invited to present its Quantum Dot Solar Cell Technologies at the upcoming "Kingdom Project Expansion & Investment Summit," being held in Riyadh, Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, on November 9 and 10.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Hague/Solterra Makes Progress in Solar Cell Production Facility Selection
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hague/Solterra Announces Intention to Restructure
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Solterra Renewable Technologies Poised To Fulfill U.S. Congress 'Clean Energy' Bill Mandate.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Dr. Ghassan E. Jabbour Named Chief Science Officer
Monday, November 17, 2008
Solterra to Compete in $700 Million Quantum Dot Market
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Hague Corp. Completes Merger with Solterra Renewable Technologies
Friday, October 31, 2008
Hague Corp enters into Binding Letter of Intent with Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. And Solterra Concludes Worldwide Exclusive License with Rice University
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Solterra Concludes Worldwide Exclusive License with Rice University
Friday, October 3, 2008
Hague Corp Enters into Binding Letter of Intent with Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc
Posted on December 22, 2009
If we are going to solve the global warming issue, we will need to start believe quantum dot solar technology is the only viable solution to the world's future energy needs.
By Stephen Squires
I don't believe in quantum dots because that is my business. I am in the quantum dot business because I believe in quantum dots.
NATURE PHOTONICS | VOL 4 | SEPTEMBER 2010 | www.nature.com/naturephotonics 605
Ghassan E. Jabbour and David Doderer
Quantum-dot-based solar cells promise to deliver efficiencies approaching those of crystalline solar cells but with the manufacturing simplicity of organics.
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To make this vision a reality, Solterra is increasing its production of quantum dots to 100 kg per day and implementing a highspeed production line for printing solar cells at a rate of 300 m2 per minute. We have also initiated plans to supply solar cells to a 1 GW solar farm in the Middle East that will supply both regional and European energy grids with a target date of 2015. Although the initial peak power rating for the completed modules will be lower than those of present inorganic photovoltaic technology, it is anticipated that due to their lower production costs, electricity generation will start at a near-typical grid pricing. Optimization of the cell layer design and introduction of improved materials is expected to provide further improvements in efficiency toward the theoretical maximum of 65%. This may ultimately lead to solar energy supplanting fossil fuel generation within 5-10 years.
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Article appeared in the Industrial + Specialty Printing magazine
in July 2013 by David Doderer, Vice President for R&D
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QD Laser Inc., Kawasaki, Japan makes quantum dot lasers.
In these devices, the optical gain material is made of quantum dots – semiconductor nanocrystals measuring a few tens of nanometers. These ultraminiature particles exhibit a unique behavior. “Due to three-dimensional electron confinement in the quantum dot structure, electron energy states become discrete, similar to those of individual atoms,” said Dr. Mitsuru Sugawara, president and CEO of QD Laser. read more...
Article from Photonics.com
| || |3D printing explained "Campbell and his colleagues at Virginia Tech have been working on certifying the authenticity of products by embedding quantum dots in 3D printed materials. Quantum dots are nanocrystals produced from semiconductor materials. They glow under infra-red light and can be deposited inside 3D printed objects in unique randomised patterns. Virginia Tech’s work to create anti-counterfeiting systems with quantum dots has been licensed by Quantum Materials Corporation to bring it to commercialization". read more... | |
|"The US Department of Defense |
is thinking about the danger of sabotage, either deliberate or accidental, involving the use of faulty faked parts".
|Dr. Thomas A. Campbell, of Virginia Tech has been working on certifying the authenticity of products by embedding so-called quantum dots in 3D printed materials. |
The National Cancer Institute Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer is engaged in efforts to harness the power of nanotechnology to radically change the way we diagnose, treat, and prevent cancer. Through its programs and initiatives, the Alliance is committed to building a community of researchers dedicated to using nanotechnology to advance the fight against cancer.
High Quality Quantum Dots
Quantum Materials is pleased to post these Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) images of two batches of tetrapod quantum dots produced recently in our labs. The images confirm just how perfect and uniform we can produce tetrapod quantum dots for a fraction of cost of traditional production methods.
Collage of transmission electron micrograph (TEM) images, of uniform CdSe tetrapods of various sizes. Images are false-colored to indicate the emitted color of the tetrapods. Scale bar = 50 nm.
Schematic of new synthesis method for CdSe tetrapods
Given the wide array of diversified uses for Quantum Dots, it isn't likely that all the bases have been covered in this list.
Therefore it should be considered as a work-in-progress.
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