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Quantum Materials Now Shipping Size-Optimized Metallic Oxide Particles To Major Asian Electronics Firm

Posted by: Charles Moore

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

San Marcos-based Quantum Materials Corp. (QMC) has announced that they are now shipping size-optimized metallic oxide particles to a major Asian electronics conglomerate.

QMC believes this initial shipment will meet or exceed all the intended design goals and anticipates receiving favorable materials assessment for project advancement. For this project, and other current engagements with industry, Quantum Materials offers continued research and development support so that the supplied materials are engineered to satisfy precise consumer requirements.

QMC deals in quantum dots, a category of minuscule (2nm-10nm) man-made molecules that are nanocrystal semiconductors made of materials small enough to display quantum mechanical properties — one of several promising materials niche sectors that have recently emerged from the growth area of nanotechnology, and fall into the category of nano crystals, which also includes quantum rods and nanowires. Because quantum dots can be used as an enabling material across many industries, and are claimed to be unparalleled in versatility and flexible in form, they are projected to soon revolutionize production of transistors, solar cells, LEDs, and diode lasers, which will raise their profile. Quantum dots are also being researched as agents for medical imaging and as possible qubits (quantum bits – is a unit of quantum information in quantum computing).

Quantum Materials CEO Steve Squires observes that “Our synthesis and production processes have inherent flexibility to offer custom advanced materials to meet design objectives for new product lines. We recognized the need for high performance materials in the electronic and photovoltaic fields as advanced lab analytics create a new understanding of the underlying physics and theories. We offer reliable product and production methods for engineered materials, nanocrystals and quantum dots that can be tailored to fit our client’s needs in their pursuit of continually improving product performance for customers. Quantum Materials Corp will continue executing our vision to transform these enabling materials from novelty to commodity.”

Optimized materials, including elemental metals and metallic-oxides that add value in the nano and micro realm are an extension of QMC’s main focus: the design, development, production and supply of semiconductor tetrapod quantum dots.

( that are of very high uniformity and structure with very narrow size distribution. QMC is scaling production by automated process equipment that can be adapted to various Group II-VI metals and elements while maintaining precise specifications at volumes sufficient to meet growing supply demands.

QMC maintains that kilogram quantity mass production of quantum dots is a game-changer, and that high quality, high quantity and lowest price quantum dots will accelerate the rate of technological change, with new products cascading into the marketplace as manufacturers learn to integrate higher efficiency/luminescence quantum dots into their products, and predict that his level of change represents a new paradigm that will create new industries, products and jobs in science and industry, with the list of possible quantum dot applications constantly expanding.

QMC is using two proprietary disruptive technologies — a novel QD synthesis method licensed from Rice University in Houston, and industrial scale production of QD using advanced flow chemistry microreactor technology — to produce the highly desirable tetrapod quantum dots at a cost savings of greater than 75% compared to competing suppliers. 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 nanocrystals for their best function and cut development time considerably.

QMC manufactures Tetrapod Quantum Dots for use in medical, display, solar energy and lighting applications through an automated production process. Tetrapod Quantum Dot semiconductors enable a new level of engineered performance for consumer and industrial products. QMC’s volume manufacturing methods assure economies of scale, reliability and uniformity to drive innovative discovery to commercial success.

Certainty of supply is important to manufacturers in announced decisions to pursue the use of quantum dots and other novel materials in product development activities, and QMC has laid groundwork to penetrate the market by proving scalability of the innovative chemistry licensed from Rice University and by innovating proprietary processes for materials production.

QMC believes that industrial-scale delivery of optimized nano-materials is the key to capturing market share for innovative batteries and energy storage, catalytic devices, inks, quantum computing and roll-to-roll printed electronics. These expanding industries are forecast to create thousands of technical and industrial jobs as the right nanomaterials replace existing conventional materials for higher performance applications. Advanced materials are an enabling technology that allow companies to innovate and compete globally. Quantum Materials Corporation is well placed to introduce efficiencies in product design and reliable cost savings in supply of high quality, industrial-scale metals, metallic oxides and quantum dots for these consumer markets.

Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) recently relocated its tetrapod quantum dot laboratories to the STAR Park (Science, Technology and Academic Research Park) San Marcos, an Austin, Texas, suburb. The company recently also entered into a memorandum of understanding and University–Industry Partnership Agreement with Texas State University (TSU) at San Marcos, located a short distance from QMC’s new STAR Park headquarters.

The company is now commercializing a low cost quantum dot technology using a revolutionary new production technique developed by QMC board member and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry Dr. Michael S. Wong and colleagues at Rice University in Houston. QMC has acquired an exclusive, worldwide license for this new synthesis method, which 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 devising the new scaling-up process.

Dr. Wong’s Catalysis and Nanomaterials Laboratory at Rice is located in the is located in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University, Houston, is engaged in fundamental and applied research at the interface of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Materials Science, with the central theme of functional nanoparticle-based materials. Treating nanoparticles (NPs) as building blocks and assembling them into useful structures is a powerful concept in “bottom-up” nanotechnology, in which the dimension-dependent properties of the NPs can be handled and exploited in a usable form (such as porous oxides and microcapsules). Through such materials we can address long-standing problems in the environment, energy, and health.

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