- UbiQD Awarded NSF Small Business Grant
LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Aug. 4, 2016 — Quantum dot (QD) manufacturer UbiQD LLC has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant by the National Science Foundation.
The 12-month, $225,000 award is intended to help fund the R&D of luminescent solar concentrating glass windows with QD coatings. In July, the company expanded its license to include the proof-of- concept work on the technology, originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in collaboration with Italy’s University of Milano-Bicocca.
New Mexico-based quantum dot developer UbiQD was awarded a SBIR Phase I grant by the National Science Foundation. Courtesy of UbiQD.
“It’s a privilege to receive an SBIR award through the National Science Foundation because it enables us to accelerate our growth and focus on a particularly large market opportunity for our low-hazard, low-cost quantum dot technology,” said Hunter McDaniel, founder and president of UbiQD. “Our vision is to turn ubiquitous, everyday windows into sunlight harvesters. Think of skyscrapers that power cities.”
U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico remarked that the award is an example of how technology developed at national laboratories can spur industry and create jobs within the state, adding that New Mexico, with its abundant solar resources, could be at the epicenter of the country’s clean energy economy.
UbiQD manufactures low-hazard QDs and nanocomposites.
- 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.
- light source
- The generic term applied to all sources of visible radiation from burning matter to ionized vapors and lasers, regardless of the degree of excitation.
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