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Quantum dot spin-out from U of T wins Wall Street Journal Innovation Award

September 28, 2010

TORONTO, ON – A new technology invented by U of T Professor Ted Sargent that allows digital cameras to better capture light has won the Wall Street Journal’s 2010 Technology Innovation Awards in the Semiconductor category.

The winning product is called QuantumFilm and was developed by InVisage Technologies Inc., a company founded by Professor Sargent in 2006.

QuantumFilm makes vast improvements in capturing light for digital cameras, and especially cell phone cameras. Using semiconductor quantum dots instead of weakly light-absorbing silicon, QuantumFilm image sensors capture more than 90% of available light instead of the 25% in silicon-based sensors.

Professor Sargent, of the Edward S. Rogers Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is also the Chief Technology Officer for InVisage, which is based in California but leverages research and technology from U of T.

“The WSJ award is great news for InVisage,” says Professor Sargent, who also holds the Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology. “It acknowledges the disruptive innovation this company brings to the image sensor market. This award also speaks to the vision and leadership of the individuals at UofT who enabled the highly successful transfer of technology to this dynamic start-up.”

InVisage will have the product available in consumer products as early as the end of next year.

“This is an immense accomplishment for Ted Sargent and InVisage, and we congratulate him and his team,” says Cristina Amon, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. “The award reaffirms the exceptional quality of research and technology innovation that comes out of University of Toronto Engineering and its spin-off companies.”

U of T Engineering has been at the leading edge of entrepreneurship in Canada since 1951, with the establishment of more than 100 successful spin-off companies.


For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Raymer
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator
Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
University of Toronto