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.
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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.”
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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.
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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. However, in 2011, the Alivasatos group at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, using tetrapod quantum dots, broke Kasha’s rule 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.
Quantum Materials Corp. is delivering tetrapod quantum dots to a client studying dual emission effects in sensitive force sensing environments. Dual-emitting tetrapod QD sensors can measure very minute stresses such as those of a heartbeat by reading the changing variance of luminescence response emitted as the tetrapod quantum dots arms bend. Nano-probes of this type are poised to be a platform technology providing optical readout for many other biomechanical processes. This unique ability of the tetrapod quantum dot helps it to outshine the more common spherically shaped quantum dot.
QMC says in a release that its patented synthesis allows precise control of tetrapod quantum dot composition, size of QD core, length of arms, and arm thickness, and this ability to design the tetrapod characteristics allows optimization to control the tetrapod’s reaction to stress and thereby tune the light emissions for different applications. The company maintains that the 21st Century will be The Quantum Dot Era, and that kilogram quantity mass production of quantum dots is a game-changer. They contend that high quality, high quantity and lowest price quantum dots will increase the rate of change, and that new products will cascade 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 VP of R&D David Doderer notes: “We are proud to stand out as the singular company that can provide industrial-scale quantities of tetrapod quantum dots, customized to our client’s needs, with the uniformity and reliability necessary to feed the demands of large scale commercial operations.”
Texas State University is one of eight Texas Emerging Research Universities and uses an interdisciplinary research focus combining the university’s biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, engineering, engineering technology and business school programs. A Doctoral program in Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization teaches and trains candidates to be effective innovators and entrepreneurs with 21st Century skills. The program uses nearby STAR Park businesses to assist and teach commercialization of nanotech and biotech products by giving relevant business purposes to university research. Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities on the banks San Marcos River where stately cypress and pecan trees on the campus add to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting.
Completed in 1903, the red-roofed, castle-like landmark called Old Main was Texas State’s first building. The university’s student population has grown from 303 in 1903 to 34,225 in 2012, and the hilly San Marcos campus has expanded as well, today incorporating 218 buildings on a 485-acre main campus with 5,038 additional acres in recreational, instructional, farm and ranch land. Texas State students choose from 96 bachelor’s, 87 master’s and 12 doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College and the Graduate College. Texas State University is the fifth largest university in Texas.
Quantum Materials Corporation, Inc. believes that advanced technology is the solution to global issues related to cost, efficiency and increasing energy usage, and Quantum dot semiconductors enable a new level of performance in a wide array of established consumer and industrial products, including low power lighting and displays and biomedical diagnostic applications. QMC’s volume manufacturing methods enables cost reductions moving laboratory discovery to commercialization.
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