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Blue quantum dots want to shine

With investors on board, QNA develops a new technology. The start-up is halfway there.

QNA Technology, a company specialising in the production of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots, has already raised several million zloty of external financing. For the development of its innovative project, it received support from the BrigdeAlfa programme of the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR), whereas the money was transferred through Kvarko venture capital fund. Now the investors involved in the fund have upped the stakes. They were joined by Mariusz Muszyński, who is financially involved in several NewConnect companies. The amount of the investment has not been disclosed to the public. What is certain is that the money is to help in the development of new products. According to the start-up, it will be spent on R&D efforts, including on the “synthesis of blue quantum dots, to be used, for instance in TVs and displays”.

Towards business QNA Technology was established on the initiative of scientists associated with Wrocław University of Technology and Science: Artur Podhorodecki and Mateusz Bański. They used the experience gained in the university laboratory, and went a step further by adapting their solutions to larger scale production and commercialisation. They focus on nanocrystals made of semiconductor materials, which are capable of emitting and absorbing light of different colour, depending on their size. They can be perceived as the highest quality dyes. — Quantum dots are light emitters with advanced optical parameters and in nano-size range. In recent years, their production has been rapidly developing, especially in the United States and Asia. Their commercial applications include displays. At present, they only play the role of a filter that brightens up and expands the colour palette. They are not yet used as a source of light, as is the case with dyes in the OLED technology. But the largest display manufacturers are already working to obtain dot-based emitters that will directly convert electricity into light. The problem is how to maintain the quality of dots. While the global production of red and green dots has been relatively well mastered, manufacturers still find it difficult to obtain semiconductor dots that will be effectively glowing blue, emphasizes Artur Podhorodecki. It is their mass production that is the essence of the research and development project financed under the NCBiR programme. According to the assumptions, it will be implemented until the end of November 2019. — We believe that to be successful in the hi-tech industry, a company needs qualified professionals, who are the real strength of the team. Looking from this perspective, QNA Technology is an exceptional company. It has an outstanding research and development team, representing physical and chemical sciences, with a strong flair for business. In addition, it operates on a promising market, the global value of which will exceed 10 billion USD in 2021, explains Paweł Wielgus, managing partner at Kvarko. On a larger scale In his opinion, QNA can expect good prospects for development and many fields of application for its solutions. — Thanks to the unique quality offered by QNA, we stand a chance to influence the industry of displays, photovoltaic cells, light filters or biological markers, lists the investor. The technology has a chance to become popular thanks to the synthesis of a blue quantum dot. According to the company representatives, “the high quality of the product concerned will enormously improve the visual, functional, energy and cost-related properties of many products, mainly in the TV and display manufacturing industry”. – We have managed to rescale the growth technology of quantum dots, and obtain top quality dots of different colours. Now we will focus on improving the parameters of blue dots, adds Mateusz Bański, QNA Deputy CEO. The company is already active on the market. Apart from R&D work on the synthesis of blue dots, the company is involved in “designing, manufacturing and surface modification of colloidal quantum dots in accordance with customer-specific requirements for individual applications of nanostructures”. QNA is applying for financing of another technological project: “a “functional QD-based ink”. Its customers will be able to use standard printers to independently print dots on different surface types, and thus create new optoelectronic devices in an unprecedentedly simple way. © ℗
By: Anna Bełcik
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