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Ormosil is a nano-engineered, organically modified silica, which shows great promise in a wide range of applications such as:
- an alternative to viral vectors for gene delivery, with superior transfection efficiencies
- suspension media and substrates for next generation solarcells (quantum dots)
This "future world today" technology has also already demonstrated leaps by allowing nonviral vectors to successfully deliver DNA loads to specifically targeted cells within living animals. Confirmation of results demonstrated that new DNA was doing its job and expressing genes, within that living animal.
For quantum dots to function as solar cells, they must be sandwiched and suspended in a transparent conducting media. This technology shows great promise by having a maximum theoretical efficiency (MTE) of 66% as compared to today's solar technology, having only an MTE of only 31% (more than double). The main driver for the improved efficiency is that quantum dots allow a single photon to create as many as three electron holes as opposed to current P-N junction solar cells which can only create one electron hole per photon.