LONDON – Shrink Nanotechnologies Inc. a nanotechnology-focused development company, has formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called BlackBox Semiconductor Inc. that has entered into a worldwide multi-year exclusive license with the University of Chicago on "electronic glue."
The license is based on the work of Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dmitri Talapin and covers all applications except for thermoelectric applications.
Prior to Talapin's innovation nanocrystals, while showing beneficial properties for multiple optical and electronic applications were unable to efficiently conduct electric charge from one nanocrystal to another because of the surface ligands which are used in the nanocrystal synthesis process. These surface ligands are bulky, insulating organic molecules that cap nanocrystals.
Talapin's "electronic glue" solves the ligand problem by substituted insulating organic molecules with novel inorganic molecules and dramatically increases the electronic coupling between nanocrystals. Semiconductor nanocrystals are mass-produceable and have promise for use in device manufacturing via inkjet printing and other solution-based processes, according to Shrink.
"We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with the University of Chicago to license intellectual property that we believe has the potential to radically change the economics in a number of burgeoning large industries, including printed semiconductors, roll-to-roll printed solar cells and a new generation of low-cost printed nano-sensors," said Mark Baum, CEO of Shrink Nanotechnologies (Carlsbad, Calif.) in a statement. "This technology and the ongoing work by its inventors is widely acclaimed and has been published on multiple occasions in the world's most prestigious academic journals, including Science, Nature and the Journal of the American Chemical Society," he added.
Baum concluded: "We have been working on nanocrystal applications since we started Shrink. We have an appreciation of the shortcomings of nanocrystals for these 'killer apps' like solar cells and other large market semiconductor applications. We believe what we have is the potential to build low-cost tunable solid-state semiconductors which perform like bulk semiconductors, but which maintain all of the tremendous benefits that semiconductor nanocrystals offer."
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