TROY, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Evident Technologies (Evident)
announced it has received an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant
from the Office of Strategic Defense for a project to develop a high
performance thermoelectric material using Evident's proprietary quantum dot
technology. The quantum dot thermoelectric project is scheduled to be
completed in June of 2005. Dr. Gregory Scholes of the University of Toronto
will be collaborating with Evident Technologies to measure and characterize
these materials. The award is under the United States Department of Defense's
Office of Strategic Defense SBIR Phase 1 proposal OSD04-EP3
"Nanostructure-Enhanced Bulk Thermoelectric Materials" and the program is
managed by the Navy's Office of Naval Research.
The objective of the project is to demonstrate that quantum dots can be
used to produce an improved thermoelectric nanomaterial by engineering thermal
and electronic properties to achieve increased efficiencies. Thermoelectric
materials can be fashioned into devices to create electricity from temperature
differences or into solid-state cooling devices. However an inherent
shortcoming of existing thermoelectric materials is that they make for
inefficient devices, either for cooling or energy conversion. Evident will
work to develop an advanced thermoelectric nanomaterial that, because of its
improved efficiencies, could offer significant cost and performance benefits
for both military and commercial applications.
"By using quantum dots in a thin film, our goal is to reinvigorate the
development of thermoelectric technologies to obtain unprecedented device
efficiencies. This should substantially help increase the performance and
reduce the cost of a wide range of thermoelectric devices," said Clint
Ballinger, Chief Executive Officer of Evident.
"Thermoelectric devices have the potential for a wide range of
applications," said Dr. Gregory Scholes of the University of Toronto.
"Thermoelectric devices can be used as a solid-state cooler to remove heat
from solid-state electronics or used for generating electricity in wide
variety of critical systems ranging from submarines or aircraft to space
systems. By using an innovative quantum dot based material, we hope to see
greater device efficiencies."
Dr. Scholes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry,
University of Toronto. His research program includes developing new methods
for the synthesis of semiconductor quantum dots, the application of ultra-fast
laser experiments and theory to elucidate the electronic properties of quantum
dots and organic polymers, and the study of light-induced magnetism.
About Evident Technologies
Evident Technologies (http://www.evidenttech.com) is a pioneer in the
development of advanced nanomaterials engineered to enable the creation of
advanced products for numerous markets including life sciences, solid state
lighting, energy, security, telecommunications and emergent nanotechnology
markets. Evident works with customers worldwide to fashion these advanced
materials into new products and is also a leading commercial source for a wide
range of quantum dot material systems that offer advantages over traditional
semiconductors. For more information, visit http://www.evidenttech.com.
SOURCE Evident Technologies