Rolith, Inc., the leader in developing advanced nanostructured
coatings and devices, today announced that it has received an exclusive
license to methods of micro and nano-patterning substrates to make
transparent conductive electrodes from the University of Michigan Office
of Technology Transfer (U-M Tech Transfer). The licensed process,
developed by University of Michigan professor Jay Guo, is based on
patterning, which uses continuous optical lithography and offers a low
cost, high throughput approach to manufacturing transparent conductive
Transparent conductive electrodes are critical to the operation of
various optoelectronic devices and are commonly used in high volume
applications such as displays, solar cells, "smart" windows and LEDs.
Transparent conductive metal oxides, such as indium tin oxide (ITO) are
currently used for this purpose. However, there is a growing need to
replace ITOs with alternative solutions for reasons of cost,
availability and performance.
Recent discoveries regarding the optical properties of nanopatterned
metals have opened up an important opportunity to develop a new class of
transparent electrodes without relying on ITOs. The nanostructured
electrodes technology licensed from U-M Tech Transfer in combination
with the existing "Rolling Mask Lithography" capabilties at Rolith
offer a convenient and cost effective manufacturing solution to the
"We are pleased to be able to partner with Rolith with the license of
this exciting technology," says U-M Tech Transfer Executive Director Ken
Nisbet. "Partners as Rolith enable our research discoveries to have an
impact and fulfill our mission."
"Rolith was fortunate to partner with the University of Michigan and the
talented group of scientists headed by Prof. Jay Guo from the early
stages of our company growth," said Dr. Boris Kobrin, Founder and CEO of
Rolith. "The recent licensing deal gives us a stronghold position in one
of the most demanded applications of our core technology."
ABOUT ROLITH, INC:
Rolith, Inc. is developing advanced nanostructured products for consumer
electronics, solar and green building markets using a proprietary
nanolithography technology. Rolith was formed by Dr. Boris Kobrin, Prof.
Mark Brongersma and Julian Zegelman in 2008 and is currently located in
Pleasanton, CA. The company holds a comprehensive patent portfolio in
the areas of nanolithography, material deposition and etch methods, and
nanophotonic devices. Rolith's strategic partners include SUSS MicroTec
AG and Asahi Glass Company Ltd. Its current investors are DFJ VTB
Capital Aurora, a Draper Fisher Jurvetson affiliate fund managed by VTB
Capital and AGC America, Inc., the venture arm of Asahi Glass Group.
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN:
The University of Michigan spends over $1.2 billion per year on its
wide-ranging research initiatives, making it one of the largest, most
successful academic research institutions in the world. U-M Tech
Transfer, the University unit responsible for transferring research
discoveries to business and venture partners, launches an average of 10
start-ups, and signs over 100 agreements with businesses annually. These
activities have led to the launch of over 100 new start-up companies
since 2000, including HealthMedia, Compendia Biosciences and Arbor
Networks, and the adoption of several world-changing technologies, such
as the FluMist® inhalable flu vaccine and the IntraLase® LASIK eye
surgery system. More on U-M Tech Transfer, including a up-to-date list
of technologies available for commercialization, can be found at the
U-M Tech Transfer website.
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