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
CONTACT: Steven Talbot of Evident
Web site: http://www.evidenttech.com/