Project Examples

Optical data storage

We are working on the development of materials to enable the next generation of optical data storage. This will allow a disc the size of a Blu-ray to store terabytes of data.

Near infrared emitters

CDT created a range of OLED materials capable of emission in the 700-800 nm (near IR) for deeper penetration into tissue. Among the potential applications are vein imaging and pulse oximetry. IP on this technology is available for licensing.

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Optical interconnects

We are developing materials to enable a closer integration of optimal communication and computer chips. The purpose is to remove the data bottleneck between high bandwidth, long distance, fibre optic communication and the computer chip, which is traditionally caused by poor bandwidth of copper tracks on a PCB. Our materials will allow integration of waveguides and electro-optic modulators directly onto the PCB, in close proximity to the processor.

Novel non-volatile memories

CDT is exploring materials to create energy efficient, non-volatile memory to replace both DRAM and flash computer memories.

Organic light emitting diode – lighting & display

We have been a pioneer in printable organic light emitting diodes for many applications including:

  • Flexible format lighting with a range of colour temperatures. IP on this technology is available for licensing.
  • Red, green and blue materials for displays. IP on this technology is available for licensing.

Organic photodiodes (VIS/NIR region)

 We have developed solution processable materials with superior light sensing throughout the VIS range and up to 850 nm. This enables the manufacture of large area sensors with potential applications such as large area medical X-ray imaging, biometrics (fingerprint/vein pattern imaging) and pulse oximetry. IP on this technology is available for licensing.

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Organic photodiodes (NIR region)

We have developed solution processable materials and devices with superior light sensing at 940 nm, where machine vision applications currently operate. These can enable hybrid silicon-thin film organic image sensors. IP on this technology is available for licensing.

Organic photodiodes (NIR >1000nm/SWIR)

We have developed solution processable materials and devices with superior light sensing in the 1000-1500 nm region. This enables affordable, high resolution image sensors that can work with eye-safe lasers. These will find applications in areas that require machine vision, such as autonomous vehicles, robots, and so on.

    Early Stages of Interest

    Directed self-assembly

    We are working on polymer materials that can self-assemble into regular, ordered patterns or structures on nano-lithography substrates. Such a technology may hold the key to enabling ultra-high resolution semiconductor devices at lower cost and lower defect rates than traditional photolithographic routes alone.

    High thermal conductivity materials

    We are investigating materials that are both electrically insulating and provide high thermal conductivity. There are many applications for such materials, but the initial focus will be the thermal management of advanced integrated circuits to enable the next generation of computer chips.

    If you are interested in working with or for us, we'd love to hear from you!