Other commercial applications
Although Nanoco Technologies is focused on commercial partnerships which develop our four core application areas for quantum dots (biotechnology , display screens, lighting and solar cells), the range of creative, commercial applications for quantum dots is extremely diverse.
From consumer goods like music and software, to critical products like drug shipments, and even currency itself, quantum dots provide a method of creating unique, optical barcodes: the precise combinations of wavelengths of light emitted by complex combinations of different quantum dot. Embedded in inks, plastic, glass, and polymers, quantum dots are invisible to the naked eye and impossible to counterfeit.
The properties of quantum dots are such that they can be functionalised to emit light on binding to a “target” molecule”, which enables them to be used, for example, to detect specific airborne pollutants.