Low Temperature Bulk Optical Polymer Composites
UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, FL, United States
A low-temperature process has been developed for manufacturing bulk optical polymer composites with high inorganic content, enabling performance and characteristics comparable to crystals. Molding parts versus growing crystals provides significant cost reduction and higher efficiency in photonic applications such as radiation detection, low-power solid-state lasers, lighting, and light filtering applications.
Primary Application Area: Electronics, Sensors & Communications
Technology Development Status: Prototype
Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4
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Value Proposition: The photonic materials market for scintillation and wavelength shifting has primarily been crystal growth companies, due to the need for the photonic properties of crystals. However, these crystals are expensive to manufacture. Thus, polymer composites offer a low-cost replacement enabling wider market adoption in fields where crystals are cost prohibitive.
Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab
Showcase Booth #: 523
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Primary Sources of Funding: University
Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners