QD Vision Receives the SEMI Award for Quantum Dot Research

QD Vision Receives the SEMI Award for Quantum Dot Research

SEMI AwardTeam members at QD Vision — Moungi Bawendi, Vladimir Bulovic, Seth Coe-Sullivan, John Ritter, and Jonathan S. Steckel — are the recipients of the 2011 SEMI Award for North America. The QD Vision team made significant progress on the integration and manufacturing processes essential to the commercialization of Quantum Dot (QD) technology. Their pioneering work in the commercialization of QD technology is expected to support a wide range of products from lamps to displays to photovoltaics with lower cost, higher energy efficiency and greater wavelength control. On January 17, Seth Coe-Sullivan accepted the SEMI Award on behalf of his team during a banquet at the 2012 SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in Half Moon Bay, Calif.

Seth Coe-SullivanTeam members include:

  • Seth Coe-Sullivan, QD Vision founder and CTO
  • Moungi Bawendi, MIT professor, QD Vision Science Advisory Board
  • Vladimir Bulovic, MIT professor, QD Vision Science Advisory Board, QD Vision founder
  • John Ritter, QD Vision, EVP of Product Development and Operations
  • Jonathan S. Steckel, QD Vision founder and director of Chemistry

The QD Vision’s Quantum LightTM platform harnesses the properties of quantum dots to deliver practical light-emitting solutions with the ability to fine tune the emission wavelength to meet their customers’ individual needs. “QDs are tunable and narrow-band emitters of light, and both of these properties are important features in lighting and displays,” Coe-Sullivan noted. “For example in lighting, the narrow-band of emission means that we don’t emit any light in the deep red or infrared where the human eye can’t see it, and hence have a 25-40% power efficiency advantage.”

Quantum Light has won numerous awards: The Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, Emerging Company of the Year by the New England Clean Energy Council, and AlwaysON Cleantech and Public Sector awards. The company also won a silver Edison Award for best new product.

Quantum Dots are semiconductor nanocrystals that glow when exposed to current or light. Discovered in the early 1980s, they were researched throughout the 1980s and early 1990s when the industry recognized the commercial potential. QDs emit different colors depending on their size and the semiconductor material in the nanocrystal. The commercial differentiation is in the bright, pure tunable colors, low-power consumption for displays and lighting, and the potential of improved efficiency for photovoltaics. QD Vision was the first to sell QD products which were integrated into general illumination lamps, introduced in 2009 at Light Fair International.  QD-based displays will first improve the color quality of LCDs, and will subsequently become the emissive element in an electroluminescent display, where R&D efficiencies demonstrated in 2011 have already eclipsed that of OLEDs and LCDs.

“Our industry honors the QD Vision team for their combined efforts to speed commercialization of Quantum Dot technology,” said Denny McGuirk, president and CEO of SEMI. “This team’s work on developing integration and manufacturing processes has moved the industry forward for a wide range of applications.”

“The commercialization of quantum dot technology, led by the team at QD Vision, opens the door to new generations of products in lighting, displays, and photovoltaics,” said Bill Bottoms, chairman of the SEMI Award Advisory Committee. “They offer greater wavelength control, improved color purity and greater energy efficiency than any existing alternative. Quantum dots hold the promise of replacing the technologies we use in those areas today.”

The SEMI Award was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding technical achievement and meritorious contribution in the areas of Semiconductor Materials, Wafer Fabrication, Assembly and Packaging, Process Control, Test and Inspection, Robotics and Automation, Quality Enhancement, and Process Integration.

The award is the highest honor conferred by SEMI. It is open to individuals or teams from industry or academia whose specific accomplishments have broad commercial impact and widespread technical significance for the entire semiconductor industry. Nominations are accepted from individuals of North American-based member companies of SEMI. Past award recipients include Walter Benzing and Mike McNealy, Ken Levy, Jean Hoerni, Dan Maydan, Robert Akins and Igor Khandros, among others.

February 6, 2012