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Nanoco’s Cadmium-Free Quantum Dots and Deep Red CFQD® Quantum Dot Film Honored with Silver Edison Award

Published on 25/4/2016

Nanoco Technologies Recognized for Innovation in Sustainable Plant Growth

MANCHESTER, England & CONCORD, Mass. — Nanoco Group plc (LSE: NANO), a world leader in the development and manufacture of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nanomaterials, today announced it was honored with a Silver Edison Award in the category of Applied Technology: Horticulture for its cadmium-free CFQD® quantum dot technology for LED grow lighting and Deep Red CFQD® Quantum Dot Film for sustainable plant growth. Presented at a recent gala in New York City, the annual Edison Awards — named after Thomas Alva Edison – honors the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award for Nanoco’s cadmium-free CFQD® quantum dot technology and Deep Red CFQD® Quantum Dot Film,” said Michael Edelman, chief executive officer of Nanoco. “Receiving this honor from an esteemed program like the Edison Awards is a reflection of the leadership and commitment Nanoco has shown in introducing a non-toxic, cadmium-free quantum dot technology to the market as an innovative and sustainable platform enabler for a broad range of applications including display, lighting, biomedicine and solar. Due to their ability to emit pure colors and be easily tuned to custom wavelengths, quantum dots open up a new world in LED lighting for retail, architecture, agriculture, and other applications where color quality makes all the difference.”

The Nanoco Deep Red CFQD® Quantum Dot Film is the first of its kind in sustainable plant growth. Free of heavy metals, the film, when combined with blue and/or near-UV LEDs, maximizes chlorophyll absorption to promote healthy and improved growth while minimizing energy consumption. Utilizing the cadmium-free quantum dot film allows custom individual color selection for customers based on the particular plant or product being grown, and provides excellent uniformity of light with greatly reduced heat output compared to traditional sources, allowing the lights to be placed in proximity to the plants for maximum yield and plant quality.

The Edison Awards recognition has become one of the highest accolades a company can receive in the name of innovation and business. Submissions for the Edison Awards were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 leading business executives including past award winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine.

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Nanoco (LSE: NANO) is a world leader in the development and production of cadmium-free quantum dots and other nano-materials for use in multiple applications including LCD displays, lighting, solar cells and bio-imaging. In the display market, it has an exclusive manufacturing and marketing licensing agreement with The Dow Chemical Company.

Nanoco was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Manchester, UK. It has production facilities in Runcorn, UK, and a US subsidiary, Nanoco Inc, based in Concord, MA. Nanoco also has business development executives in Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Its technology is protected worldwide by a large and growing patent estate.

Nanoco is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange and trades under the ticker symbol NANO. For further information please visit:


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