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Scenes From UbiQD Grand Opening In Los Alamos And An Inside Look At The New Facility

on July 31, 2016 - 1:21pm

UbiQD Chairman of the Board, Founder and President Hunter McDaniel, center, with colleagues cuts the ribbon at the grand opening of UbiQD during Friday's windy afternoon at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd gathers Friday afternoon for the grand opening of UbiQD at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The red ribbon was officially cut Friday afternoon on UbiQD at 134 Eastgate Dr., a development stage limited liability company founded in 2014 to commercialize low-cost and low-toxicity quantum dot technologies. The company is licensing technology developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory and M.I.T.

Friday's grand opening event drew representatives from New Mexico's Congressional Delegation, County officials, LANL representatives and Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation officials.

UbiQD Chairman of the Board, Founder and President Hunter McDaniel, PhD, transitioned from a postdoc position at Los Alamos National Laboratory to the company’s first full-time employee in 2014. He has extensive relevant technical experience as he has worked on both traditional II-VI QDs (including those that contain cadmium) and I-III-VI QDs and has demonstrated leadership abilities. During his career, Dr. McDaniel has conducted research at top-tier research institutions; LANL (2011-2014), Argonne National Laboratory (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2006-2011), and University of California at Santa Barbara (2001-2006)). He is highly experienced in materials science and spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals and their optoelectronic device applications (e.g., solar cells, LEDs).

McDaniel also has worked directly with a major industrial partner Sharp Corporation on photovoltaic technology via a corporate R&D agreement. This work led to first-ever certification of a QD sensitized solar cell, generating three patent filings. He received several awards for leadership of the Young Investigator Committee of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP), a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center.

The board and others involved in helping launch the business surrounded Hunter McDaniel Friday as he discarded a pair of oversized wooden ceremonial scissors and whipped out a small sharp pair from his pocket to cut the ribbon. Property owner Philip Kunsberg and Chartrand also spoke at the event. Kunsberg, who also owns Central Park Square and other local properties, has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, primarily in the area of computer simulation and analysis of complex organizations. He spoke of his support and enthusiasm for UBIQD.

Chartrand is an investor in the UbiQD. She is the former executive director of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC), a non-profit corporation formed by the three New Mexico research universities to advance scientific research and education. As a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Chartrand worked on the management, analysis and visualization of large-scale scientific data sets. Chartrand recently became a managing board member of UbiQD, LLC.

The UbiQD Board of Directors also includes Colin Cumming, advisor and Dudley McDaniel, investor. McDaniel thanked the board as well as his team including Scientific Advisory Board Member Dr. Brian Lorgel, Director of Applied Physics Dr. Matt Bergren, Director of Chemistry Dr. Karthik Ramasamy and Director of Nanocomposites Dr. Aaron Jackson, his parents and Kunsberg during the grand opening. He also expressed appreciation to a variety of individuals at Los Alamos National Laboratory, MIT, DOE and NSF, the State of New Mexico JTIP and others.

At its Los Alamos research and manufacturing facility, UbiQD is optimizing and improving its scalable, low-cost methods of making I-III-VI quantum dots, typically based on CuInS2. The company also engages in R&D around emerging applications for its technology, and plans to license these technologies to customers.

UbiQD produces very bright quantum dots with some of the lowest manufacturing costs using environmentally friendly synthesis that is free of toxic heavy metals or other carcinogenic materials. Its dots also have stable optical properties that perform well under harsh environments such as high temperatures and moisture exposure.

UbiQD’s goal is to be the global leader in low-toxic quantum dot manufacturing and applications. The company thinks these revolutionary new materials can improve lives via applications in energy, security, safety, design, and more. The company is exploring options for focus markets and business models. Right now it sees itself as a materials supplier and technology developer.

For more information about UbiQD, visit www.ubiqd.com.

 

Board member Katharine Chartrand speaks about UbiQD during Friday's grand opening. 

Property owner Philip Kunsberg speaks about his support for UbiQD during Friday's grand opening ceremony of the company at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Katie Richardson who is a Field Representative for U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich spoke on behalf of the senator. Representatives also were present from Sen. Tom Udall's office and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan's office. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd mingles following the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday of UbiQD in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel with his parents at Friday's grand opening event of the business at 134 Eastgate. Dudley McDaniel serves on the UbiQD Board of Directors and he and his wife are investors in the company as well.Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, left, speaks with UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel at Friday's grand opening event of the business at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, left, speaks with UbiQD CEO Dr. Hunter McDaniel at Friday's grand opening event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

UbiQD Board Member Katharine Chartrand, left, chats with HD3 CEO Michelle Miller at Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Council Chair Rick Reiss speaks with County Clerk Sharon Stover, left, and Chamber Director Nancy Partridge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Property owner Philip Kunsberg with his wife Bernadette, right, mingle with guests at Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Manager Harry Burgess, center, chats with guests at Friday's grand opening of UbiQD. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, second from left, at Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey, right, speaks with UbiQD's Director of Chemistry Dr. Karthik Ramasamy Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene from Friday's event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Inside the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr., in Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County Clerk Sharon Stover and Denny Erickson speak with a guest Friday in front of the new UbiQD facility at 134 Eastgate Dr. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A slide show running during Friday's event shows UbiQD's Dr. Hunter McDaniel and Dr. Matt Bergren teaching Quantum Dot Physics at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A slide show running during Friday's event shows UbiQD's Dr. Hunter McDaniel presenting his company's vision and technology at the 2016 International Conference on Quantum Dots in Korea. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A slide show running during Friday's event shows Dr. Hunter McDaniel describing UbiQD's Luminescent Solar Concentrator and demonstrating the product's potential. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A slide show running during Friday's event shows UbiQD's Dr. Hunter McDaniel and Dr. Matt Bergren taking part in the 'Get Future' workshop in Korea. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com


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