New Tetragen Scintillators


Reference #: 01218

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for a new class of scintillator materials for LED light bulb coatings, radiology and radiation detection applications.



Scintillators are materials which when struck or excited by an incoming particle (ionizing radiation) absorb its energy and exhibit luminescence. Hence, the scintillation process involves the conversion of high-energy photons into visible light via interaction with a scintillator. Scintillators possess properties like density, refractive index, wave length, decay time etc. The choice of scintillators for specific applications depend on specific needs. However, there is constant research aimed at finding/developing scintillating materials with more desirable properties.


Invention Description:

A new class of scintillator materials has been synthesized and shown to exhibit intense luminescence and scintillation properties. With strong luminescence, the material has the potential to be part of a new phosphor coating for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and as a scintillator coating to be used for radiation detection or in radiology.


Potential Applications:

As a strong luminescent material and strong scintillating material, this new material can be used in coatings for LED light bulbs, or by homeland security in radiation detectors, or as a scintillator in radiology equipment.


Advantages and Benefits:

Primary tests indicate that this material is very intense and may be better than what is commercially available.


Patent Information:
Title App Type Country Serial No. Patent No. File Date Issued Date Expire Date Patent Status
Mixed Anion Cesium Rare Earth Silicates Utility United States 15/811,939 10,738,239 11/14/2017 8/11/2020   Issued
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Allison Latshaw
Hans-Conrad Zur Loye
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