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University of Buffalo Develops Rapid-Solution Synthesis Methods For Quantum Dots

The University of Buffalo’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics has created new, efficient and highly scalable new chemical synthesis methods, which could revolutionize the production of quantum dots for biotech and energy applications. Scientists and researchers are very interested in quantum dots because they last longer than conventional dyes used to tag molecules; dyes often stop emitting light in a matter of seconds. The fabrication methods developed by the university researchers involve using 1 container (“pot”), and take only a few hours to prepare. This allows quantum dots to be truly scalable, water dispersible, and mass-produced. The research at the University of Buffalo was supported by its New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and federal and state government funds and grants.

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