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Quantum Materials Corp Receives 2012 North American Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturing from Frost & Sullivan
Quantum Materials Corporation'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. 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 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, optoelectronics, 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 Manufacture."
November 20, 2012; Revolutionary Tetrapod Quantum Dot Synthesis US Patent Granted
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 quantum dot solar cell manufacture is the cleanest way to create energy (LCOE basis) and our quantum dot products 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 current operations. 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 2013 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 QD 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.
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.
Stephen Squires - President & CEO
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 quickly recognized the potential of the unique quantum features these materials held. Mr. Squires' extensive business, managerial, executive and leadership experience in a variety of industries, particularly qualifies him 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.
Ghassan E. Jabbour, PhD - CSO Rawabi Holding Research Chair in Solar and Voltaics Engineering, and Director of Solar & Photovoltaics Engineering Research Center, KAUST University Saudi Arabia, 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.
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)
Christopher Benjamin Twitter @RogueCFO
Chief Financial Officer
On June 27, 2011, Brian Lukian resigned as Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant. On June 27, 2011, the Company hired Christopher Benjamin as its Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Benjamin's experience includes both public and private company financial reporting expertise. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Mr. Benjamin has served as President of Rogue CFO Consulting since November 2007. Prior to this, Chris spent 12 years in the corporate world, with his last several years spent as CFO to growth stage ventures. His responsibilities at these companies included monthly financial reporting and analysis, audit and cash management, forecasting, oversight of the General Ledger, as well as ensuring compliance with GAAP, FASB and SEC reporting standards. Earlier in his career when working with larger corporations his responsibilities included serving as Controller and being involved in Sarbanes Oxley process documentation, process flow creation and SEC reporting support. He received his M.B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007 and a B.A. in accounting from the University of Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada in 1997.
"I am not your everyday CFO. Anyone who works in the startup and small business world knows that it takes a different breed of person to thrive in a high energy, high stress, high growth world. Entrepreneurs are creative people, don't you want a management team that shares the same passion, creativity and energy? That's my business model: think outside the box, act outside the box, and build companies that thrive."
I've worked with companies from concept stage to IPO. While I typically come on board once a company has traction, there's still always the opportunity to work together to get you where you need to be, whether it's general consulting, an investor package, or proofing your exisiting materials.
As a seasoned CFO, I have brought companies from idea stage to IPO. I come on board as an interim, outsourced, part-time CFO to help grow your company. Having spent 10 years in the corporate world and now 5 in the startup/growth stage company, I know what it takes to bring your growing company to the next level, and beyond.
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.
Director of Marketing, Quantum Dots
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.
Oct. 2, 2013
Sept. 11, 2013
Quantum Materials Establishes Milestone as First Company to Deliver Tetrapod Quantum Dot Samples to LCD Display Manufacturer; http://ih.advfn.com/p.php?pid=nmona&article=59162040
June 23, 2013
CEO-LIVE Interview: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=90229775
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Quantum Materials Tetrapod Quantum Dots Break Kasha's Rule: Enhanced Performance Enables Commercialization of Novel Discovery
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 Corp Moves Quantum Dot Labs to STAR Park, San Marcos, TX
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 Corp selects Austin, Texas for new R&D Labs
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 Supplies Tetrapod Quantum Dots to U.S. Government Researchers
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
Quantum Materials Corporation Announces Non-Heavy Metal (Cadmium-Free) Tetrapod Quantum Dots
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 Corp Receives 2012 North American Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturing from Frost & Sullivan
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
Revolutionary Tetrapod Quantum Dot Synthesis US Patent Granted
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
High Brightness Tetrapod Quantum Dots Developed
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
Quantum Materials Corp and Nanoaxis Announce Technology Alliance Biocompatible quantum dots to enable industrial scale production of Nanomedicines
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Quantum Dot Mass Production 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.
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
Quantum Materials Corp Achieves Milestone in High Volume Production of Quantum Dots
Monday, May 17, 2010
Solterra Renewable Technologies Partners with JETRO to Introduce Tetrapod Quantum Dot Semiconductor Materials & Low-Cost, Highly Efficient Tetrapod Quantum Dot Solar Cell Technologies to Japan
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Quantum Materials Corporation Subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Announces the Appointment of Toshi Ando to the Newly Created Position of Senior Director Asian Business Development
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Quantum Materials Corporation Subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc., Engages Green Giant Venture Fund to Accomplish Forward Sale of Carbon Credits From Planned Saudi Arabian Solar Project
Carbon Credits to Pre-Finance Middle East Solar Electricity Generation
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Quantum Materials Corporation Subsidiary Solterra Implements High Volume Quantum Dot Manufacturing Plan
Industrial scale amounts of quantum dots necessary to support emerging solar cell, lighting, and optoelectronic technologies
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
Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc., a solar technology and quantum dot manufacturing company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Hague Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: HGUE) today announced the appointment of Dr. Robert A. Glass to the newly created position of Chief Technical Officer, reporting to the CEO
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.
PRINTED ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CUTS COSTS OF LED DISPLAYS, BATTERIES, SENSORS AND CONDUCTORS
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
The company has made significant progress in the selection process by an agency of the Government of Saudi Arabia to establish a thin-film quantum dot solar cell manufacturing and distribution facility.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hague/Solterra Announces Intention to Restructure
Plan to establish dynamic new platform for our operational success consisting of two strong business segments -- Hague Corp. and Solterra Renewable Technologies.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Solterra Renewable Technologies Poised To Fulfill U.S. Congress 'Clean Energy' Bill Mandate
Solterra's quantum dot solar cell has the potential to meet the huge demand the bill will create.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Dr. Ghassan E. Jabbour Named Chief Science Officer
Will lead the development of Quantum Dot solar cell products.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Solterra to Compete in $700 Million Quantum Dot Market
To Supply Cheaper, More Efficient Quantum Dots to Rapidly Growing Sector
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Hague Corp. Completes Merger with Solterra Renewable Technologies
Solterra has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hague
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
Technology to Enable Low Cost Large-Scale Manufacture of More Efficient, Cheaper Solar Panels
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Solterra Concludes Worldwide Exclusive License with Rice University
Breakthrough in Technology will Enable Low Cost Large-Scale Manufacture of More Efficient, Low Cost Solar Panels
Friday, October 3, 2008
Hague Corp Enters into Binding Letter of Intent with Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc
Hague Corporation, a publicly traded resource exploration company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding letter of intent to purchase all of the assets of Solterra Renewable Technologies, Incorporated
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
Photo by Solterra Renewable Technologies
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.
It is widely believed that if we do not embrace clean renewable energies quickly, massive destruction is inevitable, and the human race will go the way of the dinosaurs. Although there are many interesting and novel ideas and solutions, I see solar as the only solution with no downside.
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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.
Last Paragraph of this article
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.
Explore New Technologies For Display Printing
Article appeared in the Industrial + Specialty Printing magazine
in July 2013 by David Doderer, Vice President for R&D at QMC
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.
Posted on the ASU website on March 13, 2009
Imagine flexible lighting devices manufactured by using printing techniques. Imagine solar power sources equally as reliable and as portable as any conventional power source.
Such advances are among aims of research at Arizona State University to find ways of more effectively harnessing solar power and producing more energy-efficient, durable and custom-designed light sources. The work is now drawing support from two international corporations.
U.S.-based Solterra Renewable Technologies Inc. and Nitto Denko Technical-NDT of Japan are investing more than $3.7 million through grants to help fund the research led by ASU engineering professor Ghassan Jabbour.
Jabbour's work focuses on the use of nanomaterials and quantum dots in solar cells and solid state lighting. Technical advances in this area "will open the way for a new wave of more efficient and portable power and light sources in as many shapes and varieties as designers can imagine," he says.
Jabbour, who teaches in ASU's School of Materials, is doing his research through the Advanced Photovoltaics Center, which he directs. The center is part of the Arizona Institute for Renewable Energy at ASU. Jabbour also is director of optoelectronics research for the Flexible Display Center, part of the univerisity's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering.
R. A. Glass
Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc.
ASU Research Park, 7700 S. River Parkway
Tempe, AZ, USA,
Solterra is developing 3rd generation solar cells utilizing high volume synthesis of tetrapod quantum dots. Quantum dots have properties between those of large semiconductors and those of discrete molecules A quantum dot solar cell typically uses a thin layer of quantum dot semiconductor material, rather than silicon chips, 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. Our tetrapod quantum dot's size, typically range form 5 to 50 nanometers (or about 7 atoms high and 10-20 atoms in diameter) and have "arms" that can range between 5 and 40nm and self assemble. We are using CdSe as our initial compound. Using proprietary techniques including micro reactors  will allow us to go from the lab quantities of 1 kg/day to 100 kg/day within 6 months. We expect efficiencies of 6% within one year, 10% within 2 years and greater than 20% within five years
Sean E. Shaheen, Rachel Radspinner, Nasser Peyghambarian,
and Ghassan E. Jabbour)
Optical Sciences Center, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721
Received 14 June 2001; accepted for publication 14 August 2001!
We demonstrate the use of screen printing in the fabrication of ultrasmooth organic-based solar cells. Organic films on the order of several tens of nanometers in thickness and 2.6 nm surface roughness were made. The first-generation screen-printed plastic solar cells demonstrated 4.3% in power conversion efficiency when using an aluminum electrode and 488 nm illumination.
© 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ScienceDaily (May 4, 2007) "One of the major bottlenecks in developing tetrapod-based solar cell devices has been removed, namely the unavailability of high-quality tetrapods of the cadmium selenide kind," Wong said. "We might be able to make high-quality nanoshapes of other compositions also, using this new synthesis chemistry."
2008 Solterra Renewable Technologies Promo film - Still true today!
2008 Interviews with CEO & President Stephen Squires followed by Chief Science Officer Prof. Ghassan Jabbour
High Quality Quantum Dots
Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. 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.
- TQD Flexible Solar Cells
- Size matters
- Researchers increase efficiency of cheaper Quantum Dot solar cells
- Solar cell constructed with ZnSe-coated ZnO nanowires
- Space-Based Solar Power
Third Generation PV
- tandem cells
- hot-carrier cells
- multiple-exciton-generation cells
- multiple-energy-level cells, e.g., intermediate-band cells
- thermophotolvoltaic and thermophotonic conversion
Full Spectrum Utilization
- next generation - high efficiency
Efficiencies - solar cells
- quantum efficiencies vs energy conversion efficiency
Toxicologic Report - not all QD's are alike physicochemically
- QD cells
- Waste Heat Recovery - Emission reduction -
- PETE -- photon-enhanced thermionic emission
- SOFC's - solid oxide fuel cells
- Quantum Light - A new era in lighting and displays
- e-paper ** video
- large area dynamic displays
- camera phones
- hi-efficiency low-power alternative ** video
- inventory control
- locator/tracking/remote monitoring
- product ID & sales
- anti-counterfeiting - products and currencies
- product accountability and checkout
- TVs and display panels - 3D and enhanced high depth
- TVs - Enhanced picture quality
- flash memory
- spintronics ** video
- quantum computing
- paper computer ** video
- growth potential
- optical characterization of Electron Beam Evaporated CdSe nanoparticles...
- optical properties of normal and 'giant' multishell CdSe quantum dots...*
- optical Nanosensors Comprising Photoluminescent Nanostructures
- data transfer
- optical antennas
- pillar microcavities
- miniature diodes
- data transmission
- plasmon waveguides
- plasmon-based sensors
- plasmon-assisted nanolithography
- Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPPs) at metal/insulator interfaces
- Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)
- accelerometers and gyros - force and displacement sensors by integrating nanotube NEMS into large scale MEMS
- MEMS based micromirror arrays for vision systems and display applications - 3D holography in the future?
- MEMS marketplace - insights, trends, killer apps
- lateral alignment of epitaxial Quantum Dots
- Nanomechanics of NEMS
- MEMS/NEMS Devices - Microrobots and Nanorobots - What might they do?
- 3D heterostructures and systems for novel MEMS/NEMS
- medical MEMS
- nanomotors ** video
Nanomedicine - Cell repair and drug delivery
Nanodiagnostics - Identify and isolate cell types
Surgery - Flesh welder
Cancer - Eradicating tumors
Texas Universities to Develop Novel Nanoparticle for Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Stem cell therapy monitoring for brain injuries
Nanotechnology in medicine
- tissue engineering
- highly sensitive cellular imaging
- ability to image single-cell migration
- active and passive targeting
- delivering a gene-silencing tool, known as siRNA
- in vivo diagnostics
- drug/peptide cargo-carriers
- targeted cell destruction
- Killing Viruses
- radiation hardened electronics
- image sensors
Flow Assurance - recovery process for oil and gas
- counter espionage
- high precision explosives through nanoscale structuring
- patterning high explosives at the nanoscale
- integrated (wearable) support
- free-electron lasers
- night vision equipment
- cloaking ** video
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Extended Sticky Notes
- 03234 Rice/Wong patents 14020 Update
- 05010 Dr. Bob Response to DDhawk *****
- 05193 Quantum dot pricing
- 05578 Letter to Obama from Leenico
- 05428 QDots...List of Applications
- 05596 Latest comments by Professor Jabbour
- 05620 Highlights from the 10K*****
- 05656 Dr.Jabbour/R2R PE & the Finnish connections
- 06243 Msg. from Art & Mngmt
- 06262 New KAUST research and innovation center
- 06271 KAUST campus rooftop Solar PV project
- 06273 Another day closer
- 06282 Saudi Arabia....the New Germany
- 06478 QTMM TQD Patent Application activity as of 5/17/11*****
- 06730 VTT & Xenel/Balderrie connections
- 07123 Nanotechnology Enables Solar Power Advances in 2010 & 2011
- 07289 Companies related to QDots:
- 07448 E-mail Msg from QMC Director of Marketing [Art, aka; PV19]
- 08055 Wall Street Wonder in The Making
- 08197 Looking closer @ the QMC/NanoAxis relationship
- 09244 The "educated guess"
- 09534 Nanowerk: Nanotechnology Nanomaterial Suppliers..
- 09598 Understanding 'efficiency' numbers
- 10467 Highlights I liked from the 10K
- 10472 10K comments continued
- 10554 Nanotechnology roadmap
- 11194 Building a business from the ground up
- 11389 Emergence of Nanobiotechnology
- 11456 Taking a look at where we stand
- 11759 What's not so hot about the company
- 11896 BINGO!!! TQDs For Sale...
- 12179 We are so much closer than you think we are!
- 13733 We are going somewhere! Optimistically up as we
- 13924 Business Development Overview
- 13965 Message from Art
- 14004 Quantum Dot Industry Growth Potential (Nothing less than Explosive!)
- 14205 Why buy the MECHANICAL ENGINEERING November 2012 issue?
- 14361 United States Patent 8,313,714
- 15780 Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
- 16647 Recent 'closely-related' TQD Patent App activity
- 17382 The Austin facility will allow the company to mass produce
- 6/23/2013 CEO-LIVE Interview: http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=90229775
- 18000 Summary of 1st-hand comments on SID2013 (display-tech symposium): http://investorshub.advfn.com/boards/read_msg.aspx?message_id=88171310
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