The Global Market for Quantum Dots

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Date: 14-Sep-2016
No. of pages: 240
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Since their synthesis over 30 years ago, Quantum Dots (QDs) have featured in a range of optoelectronic devices, including LCD TVs, light-emitting devices (LEDs), solar cells, photodiodes, thermoelectrics, photoconductors and field-effect transistors, while QD solutions have been used in a number of in vivo and in vitro imaging, sensing and labelling techniques.

The global market for quantum dots in LCD TVs has grown greatly in the past 18 months and its growth potential is considerable in the next decade, while companies are also starting to look at longer-tem applications in the display industry.

A number of quantum dot producers have developed scalable solution production processes and partner with multi-national OEMs to use QDs in displays for tablets and high-end TVs. They have collaborated with companies such as Sony, Samsung, 3M, Amazon, Hisense and ASUS to bring QD-enabled display devices to market in the past 18 months.

Samsung Electronics has witnessed significant market return from QD-TVs and recently announced investment in developing beyond OLED Quantum Dot LED (QLED) TVs and new initiatives in semiconductors and bio products, under a dedicated R&D unit. LG Display, the main producer of OLED TVs, is expanding its cooperation with QD material manufacturers Nanoco, Nanosys and QD Vision in a project to research new applications of QDs and QLED TVs.

This 240 page analysis report on the quantum dots market including market size, technical status, technologies, applications, prospects, products and companies includes:


  • Types, properties and production methods.

  • Revenue estimates for quantum dots market to 2025

  • Market assessment in displays, including market drivers, commercialization, manufacturing and product development.

  • Market assessment in energy, including market drivers, commercialization, manufacturing and product development.

  • Market assessment in biotechnology and medicine, including market drivers, commercialization, manufacturing and product development.

  • Market assessment in security and anti-counterfeiting, including market drivers, commercialization, manufacturing and product development.

  • Market assessment in sensors, including market drivers, commercialization, manufacturing and product development.

  • 51 company profiles.

The Global Market for Quantum Dots

Table of contents

1 Research Methodology 19

2 Executive Summary 20
2.1 Growth in LCD-TVS and beyond 20
2.2 Market growth since 2013.21
2.3 Cadmium vs cadmium free 23
2.4 Revenues 24
2.5 Market drivers 26
2.5.1 Growth of the high definition displays market in consumer electronics 26
2.5.2 Cheaper than OLED 26
2.5.3 Growth in the renewable and low-power consumption energy market 27
2.5.4 Need for improved, easy to use medical diagnostics and imaging 28
2.5.5 Growth in anti-counterfeiting market 28
2.5.6 Need for improved sensors 29
2.6 Market challenges 29
2.6.1 Restrictions on cadmium 29
2.6.2 Cost 30
2.6.3 Scalability 30
2.6.4 Competition from OLED in displays 30
2.6.5 Dispersion and solubility 31

3 Nanomaterials 32
3.1 Properties 32
3.2 Categorization 33

4 Quantum Dots 36
4.1 Properties 36
4.2 Synthesis 39
4.3 Types 42
4.3.1 Cadmium Selenide, Cadmium Sulfide and other materials 42
4.3.2 Cadmium free quantum dots 43
4.3.3 Graphene quantum dots 43
4.3.3.1 Properties 43
4.3.3.2 Synthesis 44
4.3.3.3 Applications 46
4.3.3.4 Producers 46
4.3.4 Carbon quantum dots (CQds) 47
4.3.4.1 Properties 47
4.3.4.2 Applications 47
4.3.5 Quantum rods 49
4.3.5.1 Properties 49
4.3.5.2 Applications 49
4.3.5.3 Producers 49

5 Quantum Dots Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 50

6 Quantum Dots Market Structure 51

7 Quantum Dots Regulations 54
7.1 Europe 55
7.1 1 Cadmium exemption in TVs and lighting 56
7.2.United States 57
7.2.1 Low Volume Exemption (LVE) 59
7.2.2 New Chemicals Program 59
7.3 Asia 60

8 Market Segment Analysis, By End User Market 61
8.1 Revenues 2013-2025.66
8.2 Production and prices 70
8.3 Market for quantum dots, by region 72

9 Displays 73
9.1 Market drivers and trends 73
9.1.1 Improved performance with less power 74
9.1.2 Lower cost compared to OLED 75
9.2 Benefits of using quantum dots 76
9.2.1 LCDS vs OLEDs vs QD-LCDs 76
9.2.2 QD-LCD TVs 79
9.3 Synthesis and manufacturing 80
9.3.1 Integration into LCDs 81
9.3.2 On-edge (edge optic) 85
9.3.3 On-surface (film) 86
9.3.4 On-chip 87
9.3.5 QLED-TVs 87
9.3.6 Quantum rods 87
9.3.7 Quantum converters with red phosphors 88
9.4 QD-LCD products 89
9.4.1 Commercialization timeline for quantum dot display products 89
9.5 Industry and research developments 2013-2016.92
9.6 Market size and opportunity 94
9.7 Companies 97

10 Photovoltaics 100
10.1 Market drivers and trends 100
10.1.1 Rising demand for solar power 100
10.1.2 Need for cost-effective solar energy for wider adoption 101
10.1.3 Need for new materials to overcome conventional silicon solar cell shortcomings 102
10.2.Benefits of using quantum dots 103
10.2.1 Metal—semiconductor/ Schottky QD junction solar cell 105
10.2.2 Silicon/QD Film Hydrid Solar Cells 107
10.2.3 Silicon/Graphene QD Film Hydrid Solar Cells 107
10.2.4 Depleted-heterojunction QD solar cell 108
10.2.5 QD-sensitized solar cells (QDSSC) 109
10.3 Market challenges 111
10.4 Industry and research developments 2013-2016.113
10.5 Market size and opportunity 115
10.6 Companies 120

11 Led Lighting 121
11.1 Market drivers and trends 122
11.1.1 Need to develop low-cost lighting 122
11.1.2 Environmental regulation 123
11.1.3 Limited efficiency of phosphors in LEDs 123
11.1.4 Shortcomings with LED lighting technologies 124
11.1.5 Improving flexibility 124
11.1.6 Improving performance and costs of UV-LEDs 124
11.2 Benefits of using quantum dots 125
11.2.1 Horticultural lighting 130
11.3 Market challenges 131
11.4 Industry and research developments 2013-2016.131
11.5 Market size and opportunity 133
11.6 Companies 137

12 Biotechnology And Medicine 139
12.1 Market drivers and trends 140
12.1.1 Modern healthcare demands for novel diagnostic tools 140
12.1.2 Growth in the handheld point-of-care market 141
12.1.3 Universal to individualized medicine 142
12.1.4 Growth in the wearable monitoring market 143
12.1.5 Need for improved medical imaging 143
12.1.6 Need for improved drug delivery 145
12.1.7 Limitations of conventional treatments 146
12.1.8 Increase in global cancer problem 147
12.1.9 Shortcomings of chemotherapies 147
12.2 Benefits of using quantum dots 147
12.2.1 Imaging diagnostics 148
12.2.1.1 Biomarkers 149
12.2.1.2 Photodynamic therapy 150
12.2.1.3 Point-of-care 150
12.2.2 Drug delivery 150
12.3 Challenges 151
12.4 Industry and research developments 2013-2016.154
12.5 Market size and opportunity 155
12.5.1 Imaging and diagnostics 156
12.5.2 Drug delivery 158
12.6 Companies 161

13 Security And Anti-Counterfeiting 163
13.1 Market drivers and trends 163
13.1.1 Growth in counterfeiting and need for improved security 163
13.1.2 Combating counterfeiting in 3D Printing 164
13.1.3 Threat detection and prevention 164
13.1.4 Increased use of electronic devices in military and security 165
13.2 Benefits of using quantum dots 165
13.3 Market size and opportunity 166
13.4 Companies 168

14 Sensors 169
14.1 Market drivers and trends 170
14.1.1 Increased power and performance with reduced cost 170
14.1.2 Enhanced sensitivity 171
14.1.3 Growth in the home diagnostics and point of care market 171
14.2 Benefits of using quantum dots 172
14.2.1 Food sensors 173
14.2.2 Chemical and gas sensors 174
14.2.3 Biosensors 175
14.2.4 Image sensors 176
14.3 Market size and opportunity 177
14.4 Companies 181

15 Other Markets And Applications 182
15.1 Batteries 182
15.1.1 Properties 182
15.1.2 Companies 182
15.2 Thermoelectrics 184
15.2.1 Properties 184
15.2.2 Companies 185
15.3 Lasers 185
15.3.1 Companies 186
15.4 Photocatalysts 187
15.5 Spectrometers 187
15.6 Quantum computing 188

16 Company Profiles 189-240 (51 company profiles)

List of Tables

Table 1: Commercially available quantum dot display products 22
Table 2: Total QD component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 24
Table 3: Categorization of nanomaterials 34
Table 4: Chemical synthesis of quantum dots 40
Table 5: Comparison of graphene QDs and semiconductor QDs 44
Table 6: Synthesis of CQDs and GQDS 46
Table 7: Graphene quantum dot producers 46
Table 8: Applications of carbon quantum dots 48
Table 9: Quantum rod producers 49
Table 10: Potential niche markets for QD products 51
Table 11: Quantum dots market structure 52
Table 12: Markets, benefits and applications of quantum dots 61
Table 13: Total QD component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 66
Table 14: Production of quantum dots 70
Table 15: Example prices of quantum dots 71
Table 16: Advantages and disadvantages of LCDs, OLEDs and QDs 77
Table 17: Approaches for integrating QDs into displays 81
Table 18: Commercially available quantum dot display products 91
Table 19: Commercial development and research highlights in quantum dots in LCDs and OLEDs 2013- 2016.92
Table 20: Total QD display component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 95
Table 21: Quantum dots product and application developers in displays 98
Table 22: Schottky QD Junction solar cells 106
Table 23: Comparison of third generation solar cells 111
Table 24: Market challenges for nanomaterials in solar 112
Table 25: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the solar market 113
Table 26: Commercial development and research highlights in quantum dots in photovoltaics, 2013- 2016.114
Table 27: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the solar market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 117
Table 28: Total QD photovoltaic component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 118
Table 29: Quantum dots product and application developers in photovoltaics 120
Table 30: QD-LEDs and External quantum efficiencies (EQE) 129
Table 31: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the lighting and UVC market 131
Table 32: Commercial development and research highlights in quantum dots in LED lighting 2013- 2016.132
Table 33: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the lighting and UVC marketapplications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 135
Table 34: Total QD LED lighting component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 135
Table 35: Quantum dots product and application developers in solid-state lighting 137
Table 36: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the drug formulation and delivery market 152
Table 37: Market challenges in imaging and diagnostics 153
Table 38: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the medical imaging and diagnostics market 154
Table 39: Commercial development and research highlights in quantum dots in biotechnology and medicine 2013- 2016.154
Table 40: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity in the imaging and diagnostics market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 157
Table 41: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity in the drug formulation and delivery market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 158
Table 42: Total QD revenues in biotechnology and medicine 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 159
Table 43: Quantum dots product and application developers in biomedicine 161
Table 44: Total QD revenues in anti-counterfeiting and security 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 167
Table 45: Quantum dots product and application developers in security 169
Table 46: Quantum dot sensors and applications 172
Table 47: Total QD revenues in sensors 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 179
Table 48: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the sensors market 180
Table 49: Quantum dots product and application developers in sensors 181
Table 50: Quantum dots product and application developers in batteries 183
Table 51: Quantum dots product and application developers in thermoelectrics 185
Table 52: Quantum dots product and application developers in lasers 186
Table 53: Quantum dots collaborations and partnerships 191
Table 54: Product development agreements in quantum dot displays 192
Table 55: Quantum dot producers-Types of dots produced, target markets and estimated revenues 193

List of Figures

Figure 1: Total QD component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 25
Figure 2: Quantum dot schematic 37
Figure 3: The light-blue curve represents a typical spectrum from a conventional white-LED LCD TV With quantum dots, the spectrum is tunable to any colours of red, green, and blue, and each Color is limited to a narrow band 38
Figure 4: Schematic of (a) CQDs and (c) GQDs 45
Figure 5: Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for quantum dots 50
Figure 6: Total QD component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 67
Figure 7: End user markets for QDs 2015, % 68
Figure 8: End user markets for QDs 2025, % 69
Figure 9: Production volumes of quantum dots 2015, by region 72
Figure 10: Samsung QD-LCD TVs 74
Figure 11: Methods for integrating QDs into LCD System (a) On-chip (b) On-edge (c) On-surface 84
Figure 12: On-edge configuration 86
Figure 13: QD-film integration into a standard LCD display 86
Figure 14: Quantum phosphor schematic in LED TV backlight 88
Figure 15: Total QD display component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 97
Figure 16: QD-LCD supply chain 98
Figure 17: (a) Schematic of Schottky barrier quantum dots based solar cell 106
Figure 18: (a) Schematic diagram of Depleted-heterojunction Colloidal Quantum Dots Solar Cells (b) energy band diagram 109
Figure 19: Schematic of QD Solar Cell 110
Figure 20: Doped quantum dot LSC 111
Figure 21: Total QD photovoltaics component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 119
Figure 22: Fourth generation QD-LEDs 128
Figure 23: Total QD LED lighting component revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 136
Figure 24: Total QD revenues in biotechnology and medicine revenues 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 161
Figure 25: Total QD revenues in in anti-counterfeiting and security 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 168
Figure 26: InVisage QuantumFilm schematic 177
Figure 27: Total QD revenues in in sensors 2013-2025.($M), conservative and optimistic estimates 180
Figure 28: StoreDot battery charger 183
Figure 29: Schematic of QD laser device 186
Figure 30: Quantum dot spectrometer 188

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