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Quantum dot semiconductor technology 'experiences demand'

Manufacturer of fluorescent nano-crystalline particles - quantum dots - Nanoco reports that demand for the semiconductor technology is increasing.
Quantum dot - or fluorescent nano-crystalline particle - maker Nanoco has reported that demand for the semiconductor technology is increasing, especially for use in solar cells and light-emitting diode (LED) backlighting.

The particles can be used in cleantech applications such as next-generation photovoltaic cells and low-energy lighting, as well as for flatscreen televisions and biological marking.

LED lighting which includes quantum dots is 60 times more efficient than incandescent light bulbs and twice as efficient as mercury-discharge lighting, the company stated.

As such, Nanoco has reported it is moving towards the mass production of quantum dots that do not contain heavy metals, because in order to expand the semiconductor market, there needs to be a move away from technology based on cadmium.

"The market has really started to move for us. We re working hard to meet the demand that seems to be mushrooming in front of us," chief executive Michael Edelman told Reuters.

Nanoco is the only manufacturer which can currently supply production quantities of such nanoparticles which do not use a regulated heavy metal.

It recently announced it has signed a joint development agreement with a major Japanese electronics company to develop fluorescent nano-crystalline particles for use in liquid-crystal display televisions and LEDs.ADNFCR-2855-ID-19438159-ADNFCR
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