QMC is using four proprietary disruptive technologies (1) a novel QD synthesis method licensed from Rice University, (2) QDX™ High-Heat Resistant Quantum Dots that add stability, uniformity, and longer lifetime to lower manufacturing production costs, and (3) industrial scale production of QD using advanced, proprietary N2C Volume Production TechnologyTM to produce the highly desirable tetrapod quantum dots at dramatic cost savings compared to competing suppliers. (4) Solterra Renewable Technologies will use R2R quantum dot printing technologies from Arizona State University, invented by QMC Chief Science Officer, Dr. Ghassan Jabbour, to develop thin film QD solar cells. QMC, as Solterra’s parent company, will organically supply Solterra’s quantum dots requirements for its solar cells and other quantum dot enabled photovoltaic products.
Tetrapod (4 arms) shaped QD outperform all other QD shapes due to their better abilities in charge transport and multiple exciton generation (MEG). QMC coordinates with JV partners to create the optimal QD for their purpose and can choose hybrid metals and elements in various shapes and sizes. This advantage will result in specific semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots for their best function and cut development time considerably.
The QD synthesis process has many advantages over traditional batch synthesis, including (1) larger production amounts, which can be (2) scaled up by mass production. The process allows record (3) 95% conversion (full shape), (4) uniformity (same size), and (5) selectivity (precise control of width and length of tetrapod arms). These combined abilities separate QMC from all of its competition.
QDX™ Quantum Dots are near-perfect. These heat-resistant QD solve the manufacturing process temperature problems that have challenged QD researchers for the last 30 years. They outperform all other quantum dots by a wide margin without needing extensive surface modification or etching because their qualities are inherent rather than external. QDX™ Quantum Dots are a new functional class of QD exceptional due to heat-resistance, stability, longer lifetime, large Stokes shift and reduce the need for expensive barrier layers in display production.
Solterra is commercializing disruptive technologies in both (1) a low cost third generation photovoltaic inorganic quantum dot and (2) patented thin-film R2R printing technologies to become the first solar cell manufacturer offering a solar electricity solution that competes on a non-subsidized basis with the price of retail electricity in many world markets including the Middle East.
Solterra’s printing technologies enable polymer thin-film quantum dot photovoltaic roll-to-roll printing. Advantages over other partially similar technologies are (1) fewer layers to print, (2) uses precise inkjet and R2R deposition process, (3) wider presses for larger cells, (4) faster printing speeds, (5) lighter weight for easier transportation, (6) smaller, more local factories and (7) corresponding reduced construction and manufacturing costs.
Solterra will use a range of different sized T-QD to blend wavelengths into thin-film PV solar cells capable to absorb energy at all hours of the day. Imagine a solar cell in the 6 month arctic night absorbing Infrared light energy or solar cells tuned to a latitude or predominant weather condition by blending different T-QD to optimize energy absorption.