UW technology LumiSands receives $150K NSF proof-of-concept grant

The National Science Foundation has granted a UW technology project LumiSands an award of $150 thousand to demonstrate the commercial viability of its silicone nanoparticles.

Phosphors are crucial to modern society, especially in the lighting and display industries, where the majority of phosphors used are derived from rare-earth elements. The extraction and processing of rare-earths are, however, a health and environmental hazard, and its supply has been unstable in recent years. LumiSands develops and manufacturers silicon nanoparticles as an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative for rare-earth phosphors.

LumiSands is a project of researchers Chang-Ching Tu and Ji-Hao Hoo, formerly of the UW Material Science and Engineering department.