UbiQD Expands Quantum Dot Capacity With New Manufacturing System

Scene of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot manufacturing system arriving in town July 18 for delivery to UbiQD’s Headquarters at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

From left, UbiQD Director of Chemical Engineering Dan Houck, UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel, Design Engineer Alfonz Viszolay and UbiQD VP of Materials Operations Karthik Ramasamy in front of the new quantum dot manufacturing system at UbiQD HQ. Courtesy/UbiQD

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

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On July 18, UbiQD took delivery of a new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system. The heated liquid reactor was designed specifically for the Company’s proprietary nanocrystal synthesis process, technology exclusively licensed from M.I.T. and LANL. The reactor is roughly 17x larger than the previous in-house manufacturing scale (volume) for producing QDs. The timing couldn’t be better, with accelerating commercial traction in greenhouses and energy in particular.

The system was engineered and manufactured by Hungarian genius Alfonz Viszolay and his son Leonardo. Alfonz was instrumental in Santa Fe Brewery’s history, helping to engineer and install virtually every new piece of brewing equipment that has been added since 2003. He also recently founded Nuckolls Brewery in Santa Fe and has helping other companies develop pilot scale manufacturing systems, such as NTxBio. Alfonz and author George R.R. Martin have been co-owners of Sky Railway since 2020.

“Although procurement of this new manufacturing capability took some time, it was well worth the wait,” said UbiQD Director of Chemical Engineering Dan Houck. “This scale-up step drives costs savings from the economics of scale, not only upstream on our side, but also for our downstream customers like greenhouse film producers. We want to say thank you to Alfonz and Leonardo for their steadfast efforts to deliver on this capability.”

The company says their manufacturing process has been validated at this 200L scale through contract manufacturing partners, but this is the first time UbiQD has had such capabilities in-house. The system includes several engineering controls for safety and is mostly automated. The new tooling not only brings a much larger production capacity, but also enhanced safety and lower costs. The system took approximately one year to design and build in Santa Fe, prior to delivery last month.

“The new quantum dot manufacturing system establishes Los Alamos as one of the leading manufacturing sites for semiconductor nanocrystals in the world, with capacity to supply quantum dots for more than 5 million square feet per year,” UbiQD CEO Hunter McDaniel said. “At the current pace of growth, New Mexico has the potential to become the number one global producer of quantum dots within a few years.”

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

Scene of the delivery of the new 200L (50 gallon) quantum dot (QD) manufacturing system to UbiQD’s headquarters in Los Alamos. Courtesy/UbiQD

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