Advancing Quantum Nanocrystal Production
Researchers at the University of Utah formed a startup company called Navillum Nanotechnologies to improve the way quantum nanocrystals are produced. Nanocrystals are a type of semiconductor that have many applications, including television screens, computer displays, solar panels, and lighting. The startup's innovative method for fabricating quantum dots and other types of semiconducting nanocrystals at the commercial scale can both save energy and produce renewable energy. Semiconducting nanocrystals can make solar panels up to 45 percent more efficient. When used in LCD displays, quantum dots can increase energy efficiency by up to 35 percent over existing display technologies and improve color quality by 50 percent.