Manchester university spin-out turns into world leading quantum dot
8 May 2012
Quantum dot producer Nanoco has grown from a university
spin-out, with technology developed at the University of Manchester and
Imperial College London, to one of the UK’s most significant
nanotechnology companies with the help of the UK Nanotechnology
Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN).
Quantum dot technology has applications in solid state lighting, next
generation displays, solar energy and life sciences.
Dr Nigel Pickett, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder
Professor Paul O’Brien, believe that the active support and
promotion provided by the NanoKTN has been of great value in the
Founded and initially based at the University of Manchester,
Nanoco is a world leader in the development and manufacture of
cadmium-free quantum dots. The company’s unique technology, which
for the first time has allowed the mass production of quantum dots,
has led to commercial agreements with blue-chip industrial and
consumer goods organisations in product areas including electronics,
lighting and solar energy.
The commercial potential of Nanoco’s technology was underlined
when the Company joined the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange
in May 2009.
Last year, Nanoco commissioned a production plant in Runcorn,
Cheshire and quickly achieved a significant milestone with the
world’s first large-scale production of quantum dots. The Company
produced a 1kg batch of red cadmium-free quantum dots for a Japanese
The NanoKTN has worked closely with Nanoco providing advice and
guidance on funding, policies and relevant markets. Nanoco has
presented at a number of NanoKTN events, including the annual
Nano4Energy conferences and the European and International missions
to Germany and Japan.
“The NanoKTN events have been invaluable to us as a business. The
presentations have kept us informed of industry developments and we
have used a number of the events as a platform to introduce our
technologies directly to our target audience, which has led to us
securing new agreements,” comments Dr Michael Edelman, Chief
Executive Officer of Nanoco.
“Nanoco is another great success story coming from a UK
university - spinning out a nanotechnology application from the
University of Manchester and growing it into the thriving global
business that Nanoco is today. The NanoKTN will continue to work
with Nanoco and other UK nanotechnology businesses to ensure that UK
nanotechnology is securely embedded in the global market,” added Dr
Martin Kemp, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.