TechConnect Innovation Program

Low Temperature Bulk Optical Polymer Composites

UCF Office of Research & Commercialization, FL, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

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

FIGURES OF MERIT

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.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 523

Website: http://tt.research.ucf.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date:

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners