OSRAM in Deal with Nanoco for Quantum Dots
Nanotechnology firm Nanoco has signed a follow-on joint development agreement with Osram, one of the world’s largest lighting companies, for use of Nanoco quantum dots in general lighting.
Current methods for producing white light from a blue LED tend to produce light that is weak in red wavelengths, resulting in light that lacks warmth and fails to show true colours. However, Nanoco quantum dots have the potential to overcome these issues.
Nanoco, a University of Manchester spin-out company, has been working with Osram under joint development agreements since 2011 with the objective of delivering LED lighting with superior performance characteristics. Considerable technical progress has been made to date in optimising the method for incorporating Nanoco’s cadmium-free quantum dots with blue LEDs. During this latest phase of work with Osram, which is for a 12-month period, it is intended to further the product development.
Michael Edelman, Nanoco’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’re delighted to sign this latest joint development agreement with Osram and we are very excited about the potential of our technology in general lighting. We have worked with Osram since 2011 and have made significant technical progress towards the development of an LED incorporating cadmium-free quantum dots and offering substantially improved colour performance.”