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Companies Partner for QLED Printable Platform

Photonics.com
Nov 2010
WATERTOWN, Mass., Nov. 12, 2010 — QD Vision Inc. and Solvay have signed an agreement under which they will develop a printable electroluminescent platform for quantum dot LEDs (QLEDs) that will lead to a new generation of solid state lighting products.

Developed by QD Vision, QLEDs are a reliable, energy efficient, tunable color solution for display and lighting applications. They reduce manufacturing costs, while employing ultra-thin, transparent or flexible materials.

QLEDs utilize printing technologies to enable the manufacture of electroluminescent lighting devices in a wide variety of form factors including thin, lightweight, and flexible substrates. These new solid state lighting devices can be produced efficiently in high volume and at low cost.

Quantum dots provide the stability and reliability of inorganic semiconductor materials, and can be processed in solution. This unique capability enables the efficient manufacture of next generation electroluminescent solid state light sources with extraordinary color quality, efficiency, and stability.

“Our strategic partnership with Solvay is the first step in creating an ecosystem of solutions required to commercialize the QLED materials that will lead to a new generation of energy-efficient, solid state lighting products,” said Jason Carlson, president and CEO of QD Vision.

QD Vision is a quantum dot product company that delivers highly differentiated lighting and display solutions. Its Quantum Light platform enables step-change advances in current generation solutions, such as LCDs, LEDs and even OLEDs, and ultimately a significant leap over these technologies. Leveraging a first-tier patent position in nanotechnology originating at MIT, QD Vision is a privately held company based in Watertown, Mass.

For more information, visit:  www.qdvision.com 





GLOSSARY
electroluminescence
The nonthermal conversion of electrical energy into light in a liquid or solid substance. The photon emission resulting from electron-hole recombination in a PN junction is one example. This is the mechanism employed by the injection laser.
nanotechnology
The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
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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