New Research: Nanotechnology in Oil and Natural Gas Production


QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8(Nanowerk News) Flotek Industries, Inc. announced today  sponsorship of applied research at Texas A&M University to investigate the  impact of nanotechnology on oil and natural gas production in emerging,  unconventional resource plays.
“With the acceleration of activity in oil and gas producing  shales, a better understanding of the impact of various completion chemistries  on tight formations with low porosity and permeability will be key to developing  optimal completion techniques in the future,” said John Chisholm, Flotek’s  Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “While we know Flotek’s Complex  nano-Fluid chemistries have been successful in enhancing production in tight  resource formations, we believe a more complete understanding of the interaction  between our chemistries and geologic formations as well as a more precise  comprehension of the physical properties and impact of our nanofluids in the  completion process will significantly enhance the efficacy of the unconventional  hydrocarbon completion process. This research continues our relationship with  Texas A&M where we also are conducting research into acidizing applications  in Enhanced Oil Recovery.”
Specifically, the research will focus its investigation on the  oil recovery potential of complex nanofluids and select surfactants under  subsurface pressure and temperature conditions of liquids-rich shales.
Dr. I. Yucel Akkutlu, Associate Professor of Petroleum  Engineering in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas  A&M University will serve as the principal investigator for the project. Dr.  Akkutlu received his Masters and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the  University of Southern California. He has over a decade of postgraduate  theoretical and experimental research experience in unconventional oil and gas  recovery, enhanced oil recovery and reactive flow and transport in heterogeneous  porous media. He has recently participated in industry-sponsored research on  resource shales including analysis of microscopic data to better understand  fluid storage and transport properties of organic-rich shales.
“As unconventional resource opportunities continue to grow in  importance to hydrocarbon production, understanding ways to maximize recovery  will be key to improving the efficacy of these projects,” said Dr. Akkutlu. “The  key to enhancing recovery will be to best understand robust, new technologies  and their impact on the completion process. Research into complex nanofluid  chemistries to understand the physical properties and formation interactions  will play an integral role in the future of completion design to optimize  recovery from unconventional hydrocarbon resources.”
Source: Flotek Industries

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Dow Chemical and NANOCO Enter Into Agreement for Quantum Dots


Dow to sell, market and manufacture cadmium-free quantum dots for LCD displays

QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 823/01/2013 Manchester

Philadelphia, PA and Manchester, UK,January 23, 2013 – Dow Electronic Materials, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW) and Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO) today announced they have entered into a global licensing agreement for Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dot technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Dow Electronic Materials will have exclusive worldwide rights for the sale, marketing and manufacture of Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dots for use in electronic displays.

The agreement brings together Nanoco’s world-leading technology with Dow’s large-scale manufacturing capability and well-established sales, marketing and distribution network. Dow Electronic Materials is already a major supplier of critical electronic materials to the global display industry.

The financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed though Nanoco will receive royalty payments related to Dow’s sales of cadmium-free quantum dots. Nanoco will continue to provide any technology advances to its cadmium-free quantum dot technology throughout the lifetime of the agreement and participate with Dow in the marketing and technical support of these materials.

Dow intends to build production capacity in Asia where it has extensive manufacturing capabilities to supply high-performance materials to its customers in the display and semiconductor-related segments. Full commercial production is expected to begin in the first half of 2014.

“We believe that Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dots will become a new standard in the display industry owing to their ability to significantly improve the color performance of LCD displays both cost-effectively and by avoiding the use of heavy metals,” said C.G. Park, Global Business Director, Dow Electronic Materials. “When coupled with Nanoco’s technology, Dow’s deep technical, engineering and industry knowledge in films, LCD, LED, and OLED display segments brings our customers an unmatched portfolio of materials solutions.”

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “We are delighted to sign this agreement with Dow Electronic Materials. This agreement is transformational for the quantum dot industry and a significant endorsement of Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dot technology. With Dow’s production expertise and deep customer relationships, display makers can begin to plan their quantum dot production requirements with further confidence.”

Quantum Materials Corporation Receives Prestigious Frost and Sullivan Award


QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8Quantum Materials Corp Receives 2012 North American Enabling Technology Award For Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturing From Frost & Sullivan.

 

 

CARSON CITY, Nev., Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC), the first manufacturer of Tetrapod Quantum Dots by a mass production continuous flow chemistry process, has been honored with Frost & Sullivan’s 2012 North American Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacturing. QMC’s “enabling technology” overcomes all quantum dot industry problems by delivering high-quality, lower-cost, and uniform quantum dots in commercial quantities for the reliable supply necessary for industrial production commitments. 

Frost & Sullivan rated QMC higher than competitors in all criteria, specifically highlighting QMC’s low cost of manufacture, mass-production capability, potential for market acceptance, and variety of hybrid quantum dots before concluding, “QMC’s QD technology is poised for large-scale adoption in diverse fields, such as lighting, displays, solar energy, sensors, optoelectronics, and flexible electronics.”

Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Shyam Krishnan said, “There is no question that the future is very bright for quantum dots. Their ability to interact with photons, electrons, and chemicals to make useful energy, light or other nanoscale actions is as yet unmatched among nanoparticles. Quantum Materials Corporation’s patented quantum dot synthesis that allows scalable mass production will allow them to service a multitude of industries in the near future. That is the reason they have earned the Frost & Sullivan 2012 North America Enabling Technology Award for Advanced Quantum Dot Manufacture.”

Frost & Sullivan is in its 50th year in business with a global research organization of 1,800 analysts and consultants who monitor more than 300 industries and 250,000 companies. The company’s research philosophy originates with the CEO’s 360-Degree Perspective™, which serves as the foundation of its TEAM Research™ methodology. This unique approach enables us to determine how best-in-class companies worldwide manage growth, innovation and leadership.

The total market for quantum dots is expected to reach $7.48 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 55.2 percent from 2012 to 2022 according to the market research report, “Quantum Dots Market – Global Forecast & Analysis (2012–2022)” by MarketsandMarkets.

“QMC is grateful for this exceptional recognition by Frost & Sullivan of our technologies, innovative manufacturing abilities, and focus to bring quantum dot commercialization forward in partnership with other advanced technology companies,” stated Stephen B. Squires, Quantum Materials Corp CEO and founder. “We are developing solid working relationships with like-minded companies, exploring this new ability to go from drawing board into production years before any recent forecast has predicted it would be possible.”

quantum material corp logoQUANTUM MATERIALS CORPORATION has a steadfast vision that advanced technology is the solution to global issues related to cost, efficiency and increasing energy usage. Quantum dot semiconductors enable a new level of performance in a wide array of established consumer and industrial products, including low-cost flexible solar cells, low-power lighting and displays, and biomedical research applications. Quantum Materials Corporation intends to invigorate these markets through cost reduction and moving laboratory discovery to commercialization with volume manufacturing methods to establish a growing line of innovative, high-performance products

 

A*STAR’S IMRE AND CIMA NANOTECH TO DEVELOP MATERIALS FOR NEXT GENERATION TRANSPARENT CONDUCTORS


(JCN) – A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and Cima NanoTech, a US multinational company, have signed an agreement to jointly work on new sustainable nanomaterials, processes and devices for transparent conductors used to make cheaper and more efficient electronics and organic solar cells.

IMRE and Cima NanoTech are collaborating to develop new transparent conductive materials and components, based on Cima’s SANTE(TM) Technology and IMRE’s know-how in printed electronics. These innovations will enable efficient conductive interfaces with high transparency, which can be developed into low cost and high performance products for displays, organic solar cells, and flexible electronics.

Conventional Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) and Transparent Conductive Oxides (TCO) used in today’s solar cells, OLEDs, flat panel TVs, and touchscreen displays have limitations in conductivity, flexibility, and cost. These new materials and processes that IMRE and Cima are developing will potentially enable faster response touch screens for large flexible displays and reduce production cost.

“Cima is particularly interested in IMRE’s extensive electronics materials systems and device fabrication capabilities, said Mr Jon Brodd, Cima NanoTech’s Chief Executive Officer (Singapore). IMRE and CIMA are working together to develop enabling nanotechnology materials, components, and processing methods to support new market applications in transparent conductors and printed electronics with SANTE, Cima NanoTech’s self aligning nanoparticle network.

“We are collaborating with Cima to develop new transparent conductor applications that will lead to cheaper, flexible, more eco-friendly and sustainable products,” said Dr Zhang Jie, the key scientist leading IMRE’s printed electronics initiative. The research team will develop applications using novel, sustainable transparent conductor materials as an alternative to conventional ITO-based materials.

“Innovations in materials R&D are crucial in evolving today’s devices into new products with tomorrow’s technology. IMRE’s research portfolio covers the entire printed electronics value chain that includes materials, processes, optimisation and reliability testing for integrated printed electronics prototypes. I am glad that we can present a diverse suite of capabilities in partnering Cima in the area of transparent conductors and printed electronics,” said Prof Andy Hor, IMRE’s Executive Director.

About the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)

The Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) is a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). The Institute has capabilities in materials analysis & characterisation, design & growth, patterning & fabrication, and synthesis & integration. We house a range of state-of-the-art equipment for materials research including development, processing and characterisation. IMRE conducts a wide range of research, which includes novel materials for organic solar cells, photovoltaics, printed electronics, catalysis, bio-mimetics, microfluidics, quantum dots, heterostructures, sustainable materials, atom technology, etc. We collaborate actively with other research institutes, universities, public bodies, and a wide spectrum of industrial companies, both globally and locally. For more information about IMRE, please visit www.imre.a-star.edu.sg

About the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)

The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) is Singapore’s lead public sector agency that fosters world-class scientific research and talent to drive economic growth and transform Singapore into a vibrant knowledge-based and innovation driven economy. In line with its mission-oriented mandate, A*STAR spearheads research and development in fields that are essential to growing Singapore’s manufacturing sector and catalysing new growth industries. A*STAR supports these economic clusters by providing intellectual, human and industrial capital to its partners in industry. A*STAR oversees 20 biomedical sciences and physical sciences and engineering research entities, located in Biopolis and Fusionopolis as well as their vicinity. These two R&D hubs house a bustling and diverse community of local and international research scientists and engineers from A*STAR’s research entities as well as a growing number of corporate laboratories. Please visit www.a-star.edu.sg

About Cima NanoTech Inc

Cima NanoTech is an advanced nanomaterials company that has developed SANTE(TM), our self aligning silver nanoparticle network. SANTE Technology provides ultra low conductivity at high transparency as well as flexibility in a low cost, clean manufacturing process. SANTE Technology was a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award Winner, and top 10 Greentech/Cleantech recipient. SANTE is used for applications like Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding, Touch Displays, Photovoltaic, OLED Lighting, Flexible Displays, and other electronic applications. Cima NanoTech’s headquarters is in the United States with business development centers in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel and Singapore. Cima NanoTech’s Asia Headquarters & Product Development lab is located at the new CleanTech One building in Singapore. Production is also done at manufacturing facilities in Israel, Japan, and Korea. Please visit www.cimananotech.com for more information.

Source: A*STAR

Contact: Mr Eugene Low Manager, Corporate Communications for Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) DID: +65 6874 8491 Mobile: +65 9230 9235 Email: loweom@scei.a-star.edu.sg Ms Kelly Ingham Vice President of Marketing Cima NanoTech Pte Ltd DID: +65 6570 2018 Mobile: +65 97291434 Email:kingham@Cimananotech.com For technical enquiries, please contact: Dr Zhang Jie Senior Scientist III and Manager for SERC Printed Electronics Programme Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) DID: +65 6874 4339 E-mail: zhangj@imre.a-star.edu.sg

Tetrapod Quantum Dots: The Future is Now


Mr Stephen Squires, CEO
Quantum Materials Corporation
United States
This presentation will be given at Printed Electronics USA 2012 on Dec 05, 2012.

Presentation Summary

A software controlled flow chemistry process for mass synthesis of high quantum yield inorganic Group II-VI Tetrapod Quantum Dots (TQD) is being developed that will scale to produce Kilogram quantities per day. These TQD are notable for their 90+% conversion for full tetrapod shape, equally high uniformity and selectivity of arm length and width (vital for electron transport). Tetrapod Quantum Dots are recognized as having superior characteristics among quantum dot shapes.
In addition, QMC has the exclusive worldwide license to quantum dot printing technologies developed by our CSO, Dr. Ghassan Jabbour, that have wide applications in R2R printed electronics and thin-film solar cell production.
We will discuss how the timeline for Quantum Dot applications is moving from the future to the present.

Speaker Biography (Stephen Squires)

Mr. Squires is the Chief Executive Officer for both Quantum Materials Corporation and it’s subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc. He has over 25 years’ experience in advanced materials, nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. Prior to QMC/SRT, Stephen consulted on these fields with emphasis on applications engineering, strategic planning, commercialization and marketing.
From 1983 to 2001, Mr. Squires was Founder and CEO of Aviation Composite Technologies Inc., which he grew to have over 200 employees. ACT was merged with USDR Aerospace in 2001. He subsequently founded what is now Quantum Materials Corporation because of his lifelong interest in advanced materials, nanoparticles and Quantum Dots, with a vision to realize the potential of their unique quantum features.
Quantum Materials Corporations goal is to help Companies provide better technology at lower price points that are affordable in a mass marketplace. At the same time, he formed Solterra Renewable Technologies to create mass produced thin-film quantum dot solar cells using patented R2R printing technologies.

Nanoco Group PLC: A world leading developer and manufacturer of quantum dots


Nanoco Technologies - Bulk Quantum Dots Manufacturer

 

 

 

 

Nanoco Group PLC and its operating subsidiary Nanoco Technologies Ltd partner major R&D and blue-chip industrial organisations in the development of applications incorporating semiconductor nanoparticles, “quantum dots”.

Nanoco Technologies is unique in the nanomaterials market as a company that manufacture large quantities of quantum dots. Our molecular seeding process for the bespoke manufacture of these nanoparticles on a commercial scale is protected by worldwide patents.

Nanoco Technologies is the only manufacturer currently able to supply production quantities of these nanoparticles which do not use a regulated heavy metal. We are the only manufacturer able to respond to orders for large quantities of bespoke quantum dots, and we are leading the way in customising the functionalisation of quantum dots enabling chemical linkage for biological and other specific uses.

The bulk manufacture of quantum dots provides our partners with the platform to develop a wide variety of next-generation products, particularly in application areas such as display technology, lighting, solar cells and biological imaging.

Nanoco Technologies’ research and manufacturing headquarters was established in Manchester (UK) in 2001. The company currently operates facilities in the UK and Japan.

About this Site
This is the corporate website of Nanoco Technologies Ltd. Please make use of the navigation provided to find out more about our products and their applications. This site also contains useful information for prospective partner organisations, employees and investors, as well as visitors with an academic interest in our research, and general readers who would like to find out more about the fascinating subject of quantum dots.

Nanoco Signs Joint Agreement with Asian Company

14/02/2012 Manchester

Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, announces that it has signed a commercial joint development agreement (JDA) with a major electronics company in Asia in connection with the use of the Company’s cadmium-free quantum dots (CFQD™) in the electronics company’s display products.

It is anticipated that further agreements with the electronics company will be signed on the successful completion of the initial development work.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this joint development agreement with a major electronics company in Asia. This agreement further extends our involvement in the display market and increases the number of countries in which we have commercial relationships.”

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NANOCO Platform Technology for Innovation


For immediate release   5 October 2012

Nanoco or the Company

Signs follow-on Joint Development Agreement in General Lighting

Nanoco Group plc (AIM: NANO), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, announces that it has signed a follow-on joint development agreement with one of the world’s largest lighting companies. This agreement follows the successful completion of a joint development agreement with the same lighting company, announced in August last year.

 

The objective of this follow-on agreement is to finalise the design and manufacture of a light emitting diode (LED) light incorporating Nanoco quantum dots for retro-fitting in commercial, residential and other settings.

 

LED lighting has many advantages over traditional lighting including long service life, reduced power consumption, compact size and shock resistance – but its colour performance is one factor that has limited its adoption. Current methods for producing white light from a blue LED tend to be weak in red wavelengths, creating the two problems that the light lacks warmth and fails to show true colours.

Nanoco’s quantum dots can transform blue LEDs so that they produce white light with a high colour rendering index (CRI), thereby showing true colours in domestic and office environments. In addition, as Nanoco quantum dots are tunable, any warmth of light can be produced.

Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said:  “We’re delighted to have signed this product development agreement and to be working with one of world’s largest and most innovative lighting companies. Our quantum dots have the potential to unlock the many advantages of LEDs, creating a major commercial opportunity for Nanoco.”

About Nanoco Group plc

Nanoco is a world leader in the development and manufacture of commercial quantities of quantum dots for use in multiple applications including displays, lighting and solar cells.Nanoco’s quantum dots, which are free of heavy metals and comply with RoHS legislation, can be combined into a wide range of materials including liquids, polymers and glass. Nanoco forms strategic partnerships with major end users across a range of applications.

 

Nanoco was founded in 2001 and is based in Manchester, UK. Nanoco began trading on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in May 2009 under the ticker symbol NANO.