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Evident Publishes Quantum Dot History

Photonics.com
Nov 2005
TROY, N.Y., Nov. 3 -- Evident Technologies, a developer of quantum dot nanomaterials, has launched "The Quantum Dot History Project," an online overview of key research on the topic covering 1960-1996.

"We are publishing this overview as our commitment to pioneers who did the early work in this field and to future scientists and developers who want to use quantum dots to create revolutionary change," said Clinton Ballinger, PhD, CEO of Evident Technologies. "The early semiconductor work of Bell Labs in 1947 led to a whole revolution in electronics, forever changing our world. An open and free flowing exchange of ideas and knowledge in our field, which our overview celebrates, could help improve so many areas of our life."

Quantum dots are semiconductor crystals typically between 1 and 10 nanometers in diameter and have unique properties between that of single molecules and bulk materials. Quantum dots offer tunable optical and electronic properties that can work around natural limits inherent in traditional semiconductors.

"Quantum dots are a versatile form of semiconductors that mean scientists and engineers are no longer shackled by the fixed properties of nature," Ballinger added. "With quantum dots, new materials can be engineered to fit a need, solve a problem and create new products or even markets."

The company seeks all relevant peered-reviewed papers and said it will award a juried prize, a $500 Amazon.com gift certificate, for the earliest published research entry accepted; an Apple iPod nano for each of the next two earliest published entries accepted; and a $10 Amazon gift certificate for each novel history addition accepted. Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2006. To view the history or enter the contest, visit: http://www.evidenttech.com/history



GLOSSARY
quantum dots
Also known as QDs. Nanocrystals of semiconductor materials that fluoresce when excited by external light sources, primarily in narrow visible and near-infrared regions; they are commonly used as alternatives to organic dyes.  
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