Technology Feature: Making Quantum Dots Affordable


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Quantum dots, a technology with significant potential in optical applications and energy efficiency, is incredibly expensive and complicated to manufacture. This fact alone would be enough to keep this high potential technology out of industry use. In addition to such obstacles, conventional chemical synthesis of QDs must occur at high temperatures using toxic solvents, making waste removal a challenge. However, QDs can be used to advance medical imaging, light emitting diodes, and solar cells in commercial applications.

A process invented by Lehigh University Chemical Engineering professor Bryan Berger now allows for the manufacturing of quantum dots in a safer way and at a fraction of the cost. Whereas in conventional production techniques QDs could cost over $10,000 per gram, this manufacturing technique cuts that cost to about $1 per gram. Enabling a larger scale of production makes QDs a viable technology for use in commercial applications.

Learn more about Berger’s Facile, High Yield Synthesis and Purification of CdS Quantum Dots from Optimized Strains of S. Maltophelia on Lehigh’s Technology Publisher

 

Lehigh University's Office of Technology Transfer

Quantum dots, a technology with significant potential in optical applications and energy efficiency, is incredibly expensive and complicated to manufacture. This fact alone would be enough to keep this high potential technology out of industry use. In addition to such obstacles, conventional chemical synthesis of QDs must occur at high temperatures using toxic solvents, making waste removal a challenge. However, QDs can be used to advance medical imaging, light emitting diodes, and solar cells in commercial applications. 

A process invented by Lehigh University Chemical Engineering professor Bryan Berger now allows for the manufacturing of quantum dots in a safer way and at a fraction of the cost. Whereas in conventional production techniques QDs could cost over $10,000 per gram, this manufacturing technique cuts that cost to about $1 per gram. Enabling a larger scale of production makes QDs a viable technology for use in commercial applications.

Learn more about Berger’s Facile, High…

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