Cadmium-free quantum dot firm wins major LED lighting deal

Nanoco, a UK-based manufacturer of cadmium-free quantum dots, has signed a joint development agreement with a global lighting company which is major producer of LED lighting products, writes Richard Wilson.

NanocoNanoco, a UK-based manufacturer of cadmium-free quantum dots, has signed a joint development agreement with a global lighting company which is major producer of LED lighting products, writes Richard Wilson.

The collaboration will see the university spin-out’s cadmium-free quantum dots (CFQD) technology used in high volume LED lighting systems.

The attraction of the quantum dot technology for commercial LED lighting is its colour performance.

“We believe that our technology has the potential to unlock the widespread use of LED lighting in offices, homes and elsewhere because we can deliver the required colour performance,” said Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s CEO.

The 12 month agreement with the lighting company is expected to be followed either by further development work or by proceeding to product launch.

The financial details of the agreement are not being disclosed.

Nanoco Group is a spin-out from the University of Manchester and earlier this year it produced the 1kg batch of red cadmium-free quantum dots (CFQD) for a major Japanese company triggering a $2m funding deal.

The production of cadmium-free quantum dots on this scale is a major technical achievement, hich underlines the scalability of Nanoco’s patent-protected technology and the expertise of ts production and technical teams.

The 1kg of red CFQD was manufactured to specification at Nanoco’s recently commissioned production facility in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Nanoco’s quantum dots, which are free of heavy metals and comply with RoHS legislation, can be combined into a wide range of materials including liquids, polymers and glass. Nanoco forms strategic partnerships with major end users across a range of applications.

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