State of Innovation: All the Small Things (The Gainesville Sun)

State of Innovation: All the Small Things

Today’s innovation generally rests squarely on the shoulders of yesterday’s giants. Recently, 2013 Cade Prize winner, UF startup and UF Innovate | The Hub resident client NanoPhotonica announced a $3.5 million investment led by Samsung Ventures. NanoPhotonica’s system of light emitting nano-materials, including Quantum Dots (QDs), and method of layering these materials together, form the core technology for a new generation of electronic displays. The technology allows for a more vivid image, lower manufacturing costs, lighter weight, and thinner profile. A display system built at a nanoscale.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology are terms which were introduced into the language and study of science in the modern era. The renowned physicist Richard Feynman framed ideas and concepts behind nanoscience and nanotechnology in 1959 in his talk, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.” Feynman spoke to pushing boundaries beyond the miniaturization of things into developing processes and tools that would allow for the ordering and manipulation of the basic units of matter, atoms.

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