Quantum Dots: From MIT to Market

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 1:15pm

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in 34-101 @ 4pm.  Light refreshments will be served at 3:45 pm.
QD Vision spun out of MIT in 2005, with a broad technology suite, a business plan, and Series A funding from top-notch Boston-based venture capitalists.  Despite several twists and turns of technology development and market evolution, QD Vision announced in January that our quantum dot-enabled Color IQTM components will be in 2013 Sony TVs, the first mainstream product launch of a QD device.  This talk will describe the pathway, and pitfalls, to this milestone. 
Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan is co-founder, member of the Board of Directors, and Chief Technology Officer of QD Vision. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 2005, where his thesis work led to the formation of QD Vision. Seth’s technology expertise includes quantum dot materials and devices for solid state lighting and displays, as well as the environmental health and safety implications of quantum dots and nanomaterials. His role as CTO spans technology and intellectual property strategy, technical marketing, fundraising, and business development for advanced projects.
Seth has more than 50 papers, patents, and patents pending in the fields of organic light emitting devices, quantum dots, and environmental health and safety of nanomaterials. He was awarded Technology Review Magazine’s TR35 Award in 2006, naming him one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. In 2007, BusinessWeek named him one of the top young entrepreneurs under the age of 30, and in 2009, he was a finalist for the Mass Technology Leadership Council's CTO of the year. Under his technology leadership, QD Vision won the Wall Street Journal’s Innovation Award in 2009, New England Clean Energy Council’s Emerging Company of the Year Award in 2010, and the SEMI Award for North America in 2012. Seth is honored to sit on Brown University’s Engineering Advisory Council, and the US National Research Council’s Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials.
Seth graduated in 1999 from Brown University with a Sc.B. in electrical engineering. He then spent a year as a staff engineer at the Boston-based research company Foster-Miller, Inc., in the Emerging Technology division of the Materials Technology Group.