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Bringing Better Pixels to UHD with Quantum Dots

Thursday, November 19th, 2015


Tuesday, December 15, 2015 151215 Charlie Hotz Nanosys Noon – 1  pm
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA

This seminar is being cosponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.


TITLE: Bringing Better Pixels to UHD with Quantum Dots

SPEAKER: Dr. Charlie Hotz, Vice President of R&D, Nanosys



Advances in Quantum Dot chemistry and synthesis have made them an ideal emitter for backlight units in LCDs, with over 25 retail SKUs using Quantum Dots now available ranging from 7” tablet size up to 85” TV size. The next wave of technology innovation in displays is upon us now with Ultra-High Definition, whose most well-known benefit is an increase in resolution from HD to 4K, but there is much more to this new broadcast specification. High dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) bring more perceptible benefits to users in terms of an improved viewing experience than improved resolution alone.
The ultra-high color gamut standard adopted for UHD broadcast, known as Rec. 2020, was originally defined for laser-based projectors where the color primaries are on the color locus of the CIE diagram. Due to the deeply saturated color coordinates, Rec. 2020 is beyond the capabilities of OLEDs and conventional LED backlit LCDs. So is the Rec. 2020 color standard reachable for consumer displays or is it only for high-end laser-based projection systems? This presentation will explore the capability of using quantum dots in LCDs to reach the ultra-high color gamut of Rec. 2020.

Dr. Charlie Hotz sets the vision for Nanosys’ design, invention of new products and development of existing products. Dr. Hotz has been with Nanosys for 2 years and has developed the company’s large-scale QD synthesis processes and equipment, including working with all the regulatory bodies such as the EPA and local jurisdictions.

Prior to Nanosys, Dr. Hotz was Vice President, R&D for 6 years at Solexant, a QD based photovoltaics company where he develop the first ever high efficiency QD solar cells.  Dr. Hotz also served as Vice President of R&D for 7 years at Quantum Dot Corporation, where he developed many QD products for diagnostic and biological applications which are still in use today at Thermo-Fischer, who acquired Quantum Dot Corporation.  Charlie has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Michigan.


  • 11:30 am – Registration & light lunch (pizza & drinks)
  • Noon – Presentation & Questions/Answers
  • 1:00 pm – Adjourn

Please RSVP here by Monday December 14 at 5PM.

November 17 Half-Day Fall Symposium: Biomimetic Nanotechnology

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Join us for our 11th Annual Half Day Fall Symposium on Biomimetic Nanotechnology

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015
Registration opens: 12:00 PM
Conference: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Texas Instruments (TI) Auditorium E-1
2900 Semiconductor Drive
Santa Clara, CA


Everywhere in nature, nanoscale features enable macro-scale phenomena.
• How is it that geckos can cling to smooth vertical surfaces and never lose their grip?
• What makes butterfly wings iridescent?
• How do chameleons change their hue?
• What keeps lily pads dry in a rainstorm?
The answer is specialized nanostructures!
Come on Nov. 17 and learn about fascinating examples of biomimicry on the nanoscale.

The symposium will also provide a forum for networking and the exchange of information among local academics, students, scientists, engineers, early stage venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who share an interest in nanotechnology and its biomimetic applications.

Speakers Panel


Nanostructured Interfaces for Therapeutic Delivery–Tejal Desai, UC San Francisco

Lessons from Brain Connectivity for Next Gen 3D NanoICs–Jan Rabaey, UC Berkeley

Nanopore Sequencing of DNA Comes of Age–Hugh Olsen and Miten Jain, UC Santa Cruz

A Chameleon-Inspired Stretchable Electronic Skin–Ho-Hsiu Chou, Stanford University

There will also be a student poster session displaying student research in nanotechnology.

Fees (online registration):
IEEE Members: $25
Non-IEEE Members: $35
Unemployed/Between Jobs: $20
Students (with ID): $15
Save $5 with early registration — by November 10th
Add $10 for Registration at the door

Please register here.
Also, visit our Meetup Group.


12:00 Registration Begins
12:30 Networking and Lunch
1:00 Symposium begins

SFBA Nano Wins Outstanding Chapter Award

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Gold Ribbon canstockphoto2647524The IEEE Region 6 2014 Outstanding Chapter Award was just awarded to our own IEEE San Francisco Bay Area Nanotechnology Council Chapter. (The highest award for IEEE Chapters.)

Region 6 has 228 IEEE Chapters in 12 States. It is the largest IEEE Region and holds about 60,000 members out of the IEEE worldwide total of 430,000 members.

Many of our current Executive Committee have been helping to build this Chapter for the last 10 years and we are pleased to share this recognition with our event attendees, many of whom have participated over that entire time and also contributed in many ways.

Thank you and congratulations to us all.

Nick Massetti
2014 Chair, Executive Steering Committee