Existing companies make relatively small quantities of quantum dots — not enough to meet market demands. We have patented a manufacturing process that allows commercial-scale production with greater consistency of large batches of quantum dots.
Large-scale production of quantum dots
Company name: Navillum Nanotechnologies, Salt Lake City, Utah
Region: Rocky Mountain
Navillum manufactures semiconductor nanocrystals including quantum dots. Quantum dots are extremely energy-efficient light emitters and light absorbers. Quantum dots will be a disruptive technology in lighting, displays (televisions, mobile devices), solar panels, and other markets if problems in scalability, consistency, and cost of production are resolved. Navillum has solved these problems and more.
How it changes the world
If the U.S. changes 50 percent of all lights to quantum dot-LEDs, we can forego up to 8.4 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is like removing all the cars in the U.S. for 1 year. We can save more energy if we can commercialize quantum-dot televisions and quantum-dot solar panels.
If you win?
Winning at the Cleantech Open Global Forum will accelerate all aspects of the business, from finding the right strategic partner to increasing production capabilities with more employees.
Memorable Cleantech Open moment?
During the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Regional Finals, several teams approached me before the Awards Ceremony. They told me that they thought we had the best chances of winning. I would say all of the people who talked to me were more experienced entrepreneurs and businessmen, so their comments were confidence-building.