Texas State University, Quantum Materials Enter Unique University-Industry Partnership to Spur Tetrapod Quantum Dot Commercialization
Posted by Charles Moore
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC), which recently relocated its tetrapod quantum dot laboratories to San Marcos, an Austin, Texas, suburban community of 50,000 people located in the Texas Hill Country, to take advantage of facilities at STAR Park (Science, Technology and Academic Research Park), announced Wednesday that it has entered into a MOU and University–Industry Partnership Agreement with Texas State University (TSU) at San Marcos, a short distance from its new STAR Park headquarters.
QMC considered many alternatives prior to selecting their San Marcos location, and the Greater San Marcos Partnership worked closely with Texas State University and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to secure QMC’s tenancy at STARPark, a 38-acre research park located about five miles from the TSU San Marcos main campus The park’s STAR One 20,000-square-foot facility serves as a technology incubator for early stage businesses and as collaboration space for joint research and development with industry.
Stephen Squires, Quantum Materials Corp Founder and CEO explains in a Quantum Materials release that, “Texas State is an extraordinary partner for joint nanotechnology and biotech research and will expand the knowledge and acceptance of tetrapod quantum dots while at the same time finding new uses in the form of marketable products.”
You can view a CEOLive interview with Mr.Squires here: http://goo.gl/Kuhsgl
Stephen Frayser, Executive Director of STAR Park comments that “This university-industry agreement between Quantum Materials Corp. and Texas State University is a prime example of the type of collaboration STAR Park facilitates by providing incubator companies partnering opportunities with Texas State’s specialized university programs, facilities and faculty resources which will accelerate delivery of new technologies to the market.”
Texas State’s Advanced Functional Materials Laboratory, outfitted with state-of-the-art characterization and analysis equipment will assist Quantum Materials’ nearby Wet Labs in special projects designed to produce department scientific papers advancing tetrapod quantum dot research. The University – Industry partnership, strong programs and excellent facilities expand the research capabilities of Quantum Materials and will aid its efforts to successfully produce and market quantum dots products.
Quantum dots refer to a category of man-made molecules — one of several promising materials niche sectors that recently have emerged from the burgeoning growth area of nanotechnology, and 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 that can be used as an enabling material across many industries and claimed to be unparalleled in versatility and flexible in form.
QMC is now commercializing a low cost quantum dot technology using a revolutionary new quantum dot production technique, developed by Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Dr. Michael S. Wong and colleagues at Rice University in Houston, for which it has acquired an exclusive, world-wide license. This new synthesis method is mass producible using continuous flow technology processes developed in conjunction with a leading continuous flow microreactor technology. QMC’s research and development group was instrumental in developing the new scaling-up process.
Dr. Wong’s lab at 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.
Quantum Materials manufactures both Cadmium-based and Non-Heavy-Metal (Cadmium-Free) Tetrapod Quantum Dots. Colloidal Tetrapod QD are tetrahedrally symmetric nanocrystals with wurtzite arms exhibiting bright and narrow emission, uniquely capable of dual emissions from one energy source and also singularly unique as micromechanical stress gauges measurable by color shifting of their energy gap when bending under strain.