Nebraska Patent of the Month – February 2021

Numerous industries use sensitive x-ray detectors, for instance – medical imaging, security, nuclear power stations and so on. The higher the sensitivity, the better the detection of weak and small x-ray doses. The sensitivity means that a smaller dose can be used in practice (e.g. medical procedures) because they will be able to track that small dose. If the detector was less sensitive, they would need a higher dose for it to register on the detector. NUtech Ventures has been designing an improved x-ray detector capable of detecting ranges from 500eV to 5MeV. 

Perovskite single crystals are a new generation photovoltaic material with high power conversion efficiency. As a photoactive layer, the perovskites respond to a wide range of wavelengths, including x-rays. These perovskites have low trap density and long carrier diffusion length. They have strong absorption capabilities which allow for higher sensitivity to x-ray and even gamma-ray wavelengths. This material will help to reduce cost and increase sensitivity of x-ray detectors in many industries.

About NUtech

NUtech Ventures is the nonprofit technology commercialization affiliate of the University of Nebraska, serving the Lincoln and Kearney campuses. They evaluate, protect, market and license the university’s intellectual property to promote economic development and improve quality of life. NUtech also promotes entrepreneurship through programming, sponsored events and the NMotion startup accelerator.

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