Waterloo-developed nanotech to make LED light bulbs affordable
Energy-absorbing nanocrystals also hold promise as a “spray-on” light source.
However, a research team at the University of Waterloo, headed by chemistry professor Pavle Radovanovic, say they have developed a nanotechnology that can perform the same function for a fraction of the price. The result could start a revolution in energy-efficient lighting, they say.
According to Radovanovic, who is also part of university’s Institute for Nanotechnology, the breakthrough combines energy-absorbing nanocrystals with organic dye molecules to create pure white light or emit any colour in the spectrum.
“We are coming closer to actually being able to produce white light for any given environment,” says Radovanovic.
Beyond LEDs, the transparent nanocrystals could also be used for other applications, he says. Developed in liquid form, for example, a spray solution of the nano-particles could applied to the inside of windows to let sunlight in during the day and brighten a living room at night.
At present, the University of Waterloo team is in talks with VC firms in the hopes of launching a start-up company to develop and market the technology in the near future.