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UbiQD advances quantum dots for sunlight manipulation

by Michael McCoy
August 26, 2018 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 96, ISSUE 34

 

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Credit: UbiQD
UbiQD's copper indium disulfide quantum dots shown glowing under ultraviolet light.

The quantum dot start-up UbiQD has struck two deals. The New Mexico-based firm won a NASA small-business contract to explore using quantum dots to tailor the spectrum of sunlight for crop growth in space. Separately, UbiQD signed a deal to have its quantum dots distributed by Strem Chemicals. Whereas most quantum dot firms are pursuing the display screen market, UbiQD is focused on sunlight manipulation.

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