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QD Advancements on Agenda

Photonics.com
Nov 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 8, 2007 -- Quantum Dots 2007 will bring together manufacturers, materials and equipment suppliers and end users to discuss recent market developments and technology advancements critical for the adoption of quantum dots (QDs) in LED, organic LED (OLED, flash memory, photovoltaic and biomedical/biotech applications when it takes place Dec. 3-4 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

The second annual two-day conference will also attract executives, sales and marketing directors, product development managers, and engineers from the quantum dot, lighting, display, life sciences, energy, data storage, and investment communities. 

The QD industry is growing rapidly: Revenues reached $14 million in 2005, but are expected to surpass $500 million in 2009. With biotechnology and biomedical applications leading the adoption of QDs, a number of other industries, including flash memory, lighting and solar cells, could benefit with improved manufacturing, potentially leading to higher growth rates than originally projected.

QDs are considered superior to fluorescent dyes in a number of applications due to their resistance to chemical degradation and photobleaching, and they have superb optical properties such as broad-band excitation, narrow-band emissions and photostability. However, challenges do exist, including stability and shelf life, synthesis and surface functionalization, and manufacturing scalability, which must be addressed before QDs can succeed.

Quantum Dots 2007, organized by conference and research organization IntertechPira Corp., will begin Dec. 3 with an overview of the business of QDs provided by Vincent Caprio of Nanobusiness Alliance. Later, Clinton Ballinger, president of Evident Technologies, will speak on "Transitioning Quantum Dot Technology into Commercially Viable Products." Providing an overview of product environmental regulations in the electronics industry will be Bill Kierl, manager, product and business support, Corporate EHS, Motorola.

Giving a presentation on shell doping of nanoparticles and applications for chemical sensing will be Preston T. Snee, assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Speaking on "Qdot Nanocrystals in Biological Applications Immunohistochemistry" will be Stephen Chamberlain, senior product manager, Invitrogen. The day's presentations will conclude with a talk on quantum dots for solid-state lighting applications by J. Lynn Davis, director, engineering research, RTI International.

Tueday's presentations begin with "Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Devices -- An Engineered Light Source for Displays, Lighting and Photonics Applications," a talk by Seth Coe-Sullivan, cofounder and CTO of QD Vision. Discussing "Colloidal Quantum Dot at Electronic Grade for LEDs" will be Andrew Wang, chief scientist, Ocean NanoTech. Nigel Pickett, CTO of NanoCo Technologies, will discuss recent developments in heavy metal-free QDs and their applications and Andrew Metters, CTO of Selah Technologies, will speak on carbon-based quantum dots and their performance potential.

Rounding out the conference will be presentations on non-cadmium-based quantum dots by Xiaogang Peng of the University of Arkansas, nonclassical and nonlinear optics of nanocrystals in photonic crystal nanostructures for information processing by Ranojoy Bose of Columbia University and on printed electronics by Marija Drndic, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference will end with a talk on quantum dot-enabled electro-optical devices by George M. Williams, president of Voxtel.

Designed to be of interest to key executives, R&D technologists and marketing and sales executives from companies involved with the manufacture, research, design, marketing and end use of quantum dots, those who should plan on attending include those involved in life sciences, biotechnology and biomedicine; flat-panel displays; flexible electronics; lighting; telecommunications; flash memory; photovoltaics and solar cells; and document security.

For more information, visit: www.intertechusa.com/qds/


GLOSSARY
electronics
That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
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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