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Professor’s start-up will develop devices for faster electronics

Jeffry KelberJeffry Kelber, professor of chemistry, has launched Quantum Devices Corporation to develop devices that could improve the speed and efficiency of the electronics that we all use every day.

Kelber previously patented the process of depositing graphene, a form of carbon, directly on an electronically insulated substrate. This process can be used in the creation of semiconductors and other chips for electronic devices. Currently, most chips use silicon, but Kelber believes that graphene chips could lead to new types of computer architectures which could result in much faster, more efficient electronics.

“High density, smaller circuits are needed to improve chip performance. Graphene can assist, and will potentially be the replacement medium for the silicon chip. It’s an exciting time for the industry,” says Kelber.

Quantum Devices will license Kelber’s patent from UNT in an effort to bring in funding for the project and develop a working prototype of several graphene-based devices. Kelber and collaborator Peter Dowben, a physicist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, performed the research that led to the patent with funds from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

The SRC is the world’s leading industry consortium in semiconductors and related technologies. UNT worked closely with the SRC to establish the agreement for commercialization of Kelber’s research through Quantum Devices, and UNT will retain ownership of the patent.

According to Rick Croley, technology transfer associate, this arrangement underscores a growing trend in university business relationships.

“Historically, there has been a separation between businesses and universities, but this is changing. In today’s entrepreneurial world, faculty researchers often instigate new businesses and market products on behalf of the university. They have the technical expertise, the acumen and the drive to start successful companies.”

Posted on: Mon 26 March 2012

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