TROY, N.Y., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Evident Technologies announced that it has received a Phase 1 SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant to develop advanced anti-counterfeiting materials based on its proprietary quantum dot technology. The award is under National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR 0441676. Work under the project, which is scheduled for completion in July 2005, will combine Evident's recent advances in quantum dots and micro-resonant structures to create unique spectral barcode tags for high security applications. Quantum dots are novel semiconductors with unique optical emission characteristics. Micro-resonant structures are optical devices engineered to allow very specific colors to be transmitted. By combining these two technologies, a wide variety of security tags can be created to produce unique spectral-bar codes. The unique interaction between the two technologies creates security features that are nearly impossible to counterfeit, duplicate or reverse engineer. "By combining fluorescing quantum dots with a resonant optical structure, we believe we will significantly advance anti-counterfeiting devices," stated Clint Ballinger, CEO of Evident Technologies. "Our goal under this contract is to produce advanced quantum dots systems compatible with a range of inks, UV curable epoxies, and polymers used on currencies and other documents. This new technology, with its complexity and breadth of application, should provide additional deterrents in personal and industrial security and counter terrorism." About the NSF The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.47 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 40,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,000 new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $200 million in professional and service contracts yearly. 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.
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