Tetrapod Quantum Dots Break Kasha’s Rule: Enhanced Performance Enables Commercialization

QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8SAN MARCOS, Texas, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — By Quantum Materials Corporation (OTCQB:QTMM) – 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.


In 2011, the Alivasatos group at DOE’s  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, using tetrapod quantum dots, broke  Kasha’s rule2 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 nano-bio applications.

Quantum Materials Corp. (QMC) 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’s patented synthesis allows precise control of tetrapod quantum dot  composition, size of QD core, length of arms, and arm thickness. 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. QMC VP of R&D David Doderer remarked, “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.”

Quantum Materials Corporation has established new offices at STAR Park in San Marcos.  QMC C.E.O. is enthusiastic  about the move, quote “The facilities are state-of-the-art and Texas State faculty and the STAR Park Leadership continue to offer us  opportunities to discuss collaborative projects from a well-connected home base.  Indeed, so soon after coming to STAR Park, we  are already determining scheduled visits from global companies that have  indicated strong interest in discussing business opportunities.”

While currently marketing our tetrapod quantum dot technology to end users in  the Printed Electronic, LED, and Solar markets, QMC is specifically focusing  efforts on capturing a significant market share of the 2013 forecast estimated  over $100MM by BCC Research for quantum dots in Bioscience applications. To  accomplish this, QMC will demonstrate our tetrapod quantum dots’ superiority  over standard spherical quantum dots to our diverse customer base.

MarketsandMarkets 2012 Quantum Dot Global Forecast predicts total QD  sales of $7.48 Billion by 2022 in a wide range of  QD applications.

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasha’s_rule
  2. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110701150459.htm

About Quantum Materials Corporation

QUANTUM MATERIALS CORPORATION, INC 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 power lighting and displays and biomedical diagnostic  applications. QMC’s volume manufacturing methods enables cost reductions moving  laboratory discovery to commercialization



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


QMC receives U.S. patent for synthesis of Group II-VI inorganic tetrapod quantum dots


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Published on November 21, 2012 at 12:11 AM

quantum material corp logoQuantum Materials Corporation, Inc. (OTCQB: QTMM) proudly announces the USPTO patent grant of a fundamental disruptive technology for synthesis of Group II-VI inorganic tetrapod quantum dots. The patent, “Synthesis of Uniform Nanoparticle Shapes with High Selectivity” and invented by Professor Michael S. Wong’s group at William Marsh Rice University, Houston, TX, for the first time gives precise control of both QD shape and dimension during synthesis and is adaptable to quantum dots production of industrial scale quantities. The new synthesis is a greener method using surfactants as would be found in laundry detergent instead of highly toxic chemicals used during industry standard small batch synthesis.

Quantum Materials Corporation, Inc.(QMC) has acquired the exclusive worldwide license for this patent and its wholly owned renewable energy subsidiary, Solterra Renewable Technologies, has the same rights specific to Quantum Dot Solar Applications.  QMC last week announced a high quantum yield of 80% for a new class of tetrapod QD synthesized with this patented process.

According to a new market research report, “Quantum Dots (QD) Market – Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 – 2022)” published by MarketsandMarkets (http://www.marketsandmarkets.com), the total market for Quantum dots is expected to reach $7.48 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 55.2% from 2012 to 2022.

The Rice University QD synthesis remarkably produces same-sized tetrapods, in which more than 92+ percent are full tetrapods, with a similar high degree of process control over QD shape, size, uniformity, and selectivity. The synthesis is applicable to a wide range of mono and hybrid Group II-VI tetrapod QD with/without shell and can optimize specific characteristics by modifying process parameters.

Across the broader QD industry however, other companies have been striving to increase production, but none have predicted scaling quantum dot production remotely close to multiple kilograms per day.

Quantum Materials Corporation’s development of breakthrough software-controlled continuous flow chemistry process allows scaling of tetrapod quantum dot production to 100Kg/Day. Increasing production will transform tetrapod quantum dots from a novelty to a commodity, available across industries and applications where prior limited availability and high prices restricted product development. For example, 100Kg daily QD production can support a QD Solar Cell Plant producing one Gigawatt/year of R2R flexible QD solar cells at an industry competitive .75 cents/Watt at the start.

Tetrapod QD offer inherent advantages over spherical QD including higher brightness, truer and more colors, the use of less active material (QDs) for any application, higher photostability and therefore longer lifetime; which together more than justify their product development. OLEDs, for example, share design architecture similarities and would not require entirely new research to adapt to TQD-LEDs.  Spherical Quantum dots, at the low price of $2000/gm. are 30 times more expensive than gold today.

It simply has not been economically feasible to commercialize QD applications due to their high cost, which stems from the difficulty of small batch manufacture, the inability to produce uniform, same size QD from batch to batch, and to promise a reliable, timely supply. Over the last half dozen years university and corporate quantum dot research has increased dramatically and there are ready QD applications that may now be “business planned” for joint ventures or possible licensing with Quantum Materials Corporation and Solterra Renewable Technologies.

Stephen B. Squires, CEO and President of Quantum Materials Corporation, Inc. and Solterra Renewable Technologies, Inc., said, “With the granting of the US Patent, tetrapod quantum dots are well positioned to revolutionize several industries in offering dramatic performance at cost effective levels. While the technology has been under review, we have continued to execute our vision to establish global manufacturing centers and strategic partnerships for creating dramatic value in our companies.”  Squires continued, “We are excited to continue our business plan with the IP protection offered by the granted allowances. Adoption of quantum dots will result in new classes of products with advanced features, improved performance, energy efficiency, and lower cost.”

Art Lamstein, Director of Marketing for QMC and SRT added, “The timeline is moved forward to present day and market forecasts will need be rewritten for quantum dot based renewable energy, photovoltaics, biotech diagnostic assays, drug delivery platforms, theranostic cancer and other biomedicine treatments, QD-LED and opto-electronic devices, photonics, low power SSL lighting, batteries, fuel cells, thermo-QD  applications, quantum computing, memory, and conductive inks (to name a few).”QDOTS imagesCAKXSY1K 8

Quantum Dot Mass Production Breakthrough Achieved

PRNewswire/ — An Advanced Materials emerging Nanotechnology company has announced a new microreactor and software controlled continuous flow process has been successfully developed and operated for delivery of mass produced quantum dots. This new quantum dot production process replaces batch synthesis and has potential for high improvement in both yield and conversion. Tetrapod Quantum Dots are used in a variety of emerging applications including solid state lighting, QLED displays, nanobio applications and for 3rd Generation solar cells in solar panels. QD-Tetrapods have proven to have superior performance characteristics surpassing spherical nanoparticles in a number of nano-applications including Nano-Bio (delivery) and Nano-Solar (increased harvesting and efficiencies).

The inherent design of the microreactor allows for commercial-scale 0f parallel modules to achieve large production rates in a regulated, optimized system. This breakthrough production process enables both the low cost, high volume production of quantum dots, and also provides flexibility in the choice of materials used to produce the quantum dots including heavy metal free (Cadmium Free) quantum dots and other biologically inert materials.

Quantum dots have been widely recognized for their potential in next generation display technologies, solar cells, LEDs, OLEDs, computer memory, printed electronics and a vast array of security, biomedical and energy storage applications. According to research group BCC Research, the 2010 global market for quantum dots was estimated $67 million in revenues, and is projected to grow quickly over the next 5 years at greater than 50% per year reaching almost $670 million by 2015. The nanomaterials enabled market grew to $263 billion USD in 2012.

For the first time this technology offers to manufacturers that it is now realistic to test the advantages of quantum dots to establish higher performance benchmarks across a number of industries and product applications. Many discoveries and commercial applications have been developmentally slowed by the lack of high quality and consistent quantum dots. Correspondingly high costs, have also proved to be a barrier to entry and development of otherwise commercially poised nanomaterials enabled applications. This technology removes the roadblock from widespread adoption of the quantum dot as a basic building block of technology and services much like the silicon chip that has ubiquitously advanced corporate function and consumer lifestyles worldwide.

“Our goal from the onset has been to achieve a production rate of 100kg per day with a 95% or greater yield,” according to the Founder and CEO. He added that “with this breakthrough we have coupled two disruptive technologies resulting in the potential to now achieve that goal.”

According to the company’s internationally recognized CTO,  “Besides the scalability indicated, in my opinion, the truly remarkable accomplishment in this breakthrough is its adaptability to other inorganic metals and elements, including cadmium-free Quantum Dots.”

The Company 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.

The Company 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.

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Green Energy Wall Street Wonder in The Making! QTMM

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The beauty of this quantum dot is its ubiquitous use in so many life changing applications.

It’s all about a company that can make copious amounts of quantum dots for nanotechnology that the average person doesn’t understand, doesn’t know if you can see it with the naked eye, hasn’t a clue how it is used, what it is used for or what it even is.

I first read in Motley Fool a statement and loved it because it is so true, So, I’ll relay it again “the secret to making a fortune in the stock market is to identify a unique growth business poised to dominate a mass market.” You’ll want to remember that and invest for the future in nanotechnology. One company that meets the criteria as a growth business that will dominate a mass market is Quantum Materials Corp with their Tetrapod Quantum Dot’s (TQD).  They have multiple uses in a wide array of applications in many different sectors…not just solar, medical and visual displays.

Those were the primary reasons that I invested in this stock in the 1st place and as more and more uses for quantum dots are discovered every day,  it re-enforces that I made the right decision….”it’s the same as having ‘a diversified portfolio , all in one stock’.”[1]  An investment in this nanotechnology company that most people know nothing about is going to change how the world develops in ways completely unimaginative to most.

Tissue welding with lasers during surgery, selective cell isolation to eradicate cancers, Solar cells with up to 65% efficiency, displays that pop with vibrant colors, power consumption 50% less than existing means, 3D TV’s that could go into the realm of holographic realism, clothing and paints that change color with the whim of your desires.

Sounds far fetched?
So was Dick Tracy’s 2 way wrist radio/TV watch in 1964, precursor to cell phones today. The Quantum Materials Corporation developed the method to mass produce a nanocrystal called a QUANTUM DOT that will follow the world-changing technologies like Plastics 1920′s – 40′s, Biotech 1940′s – 60-s, Internet 1970′s – 90′s and now Nanotech.

The last press release with NanoAxis using Quantum Materials Corp TQD’s in their Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and depression research was eye opening. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8794822.htm

Multiple applications like that in one sector of one market give credence to the depth of this technology into the diverse commercial markets opening up. Opto-electronics and the display screens that save energy proposed in the new QDLED for the iPhone 5 [2]  to the household light bulbs will all use Quantum Dots. Anything that has color associated with it is a candidate for QD use.

How broad is that? And the amazing part of this is it goes both ways. Not only do quantum dots give off vibrant light in every visible color spectrum but they absorb light in every spectrum to generate electricity.

Solar cells will power devices 24/7. This day and night production of electricity uses solar cells that generate power from the ultraviolet thru visible to the infrared lighting range to produce their power. To be more descriptive, sunlight at zenith (climax or high point) provides an irradiance of just over 1 kilowatt per square meter at sea level. Of this energy 527 watts is infrared radiation, 445 watts is visible light, and 32 watts is ultraviolet radiation. The wafer type solar cells available today can only process visible light. That leaves out over half of the energy available from IR and the remainder in the UV56% of the available energy to be converted to electricity is LOST using today’s solar cells.

Tomorrow using the Solterra Renewable Technology flexible solar cell you will be able to capture that lost energy in the IR and UV region. And what is really exciting about this new Nanotechnology with Tetrapod Quantum Dots is it’s absorption capability 24 hours a day! Like enhanced night vision goggles the IR at night (although it would be a small amount) is enough to continue generation of power around the clock.

You can’t say now that you didn’t have a chance to look into what could be the next Wall Street Wonder company with return potentials like Dell, Microsoft, Apple and Amazon had.

Investigate Quantum Materials Corp – ticker QTMM and follow the company developments, just don’t watch another life time opportunity pass you by. Life is too short waiting for the next one to come by.

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.