UV E-Team

University of Maryland, 2001 - $19,500

The Center for Superconductivity at the University of Maryland researched and developed MgZnO-based photodetectors on silicon substrate for sensing Ultra Violet (UV) light that is significantly less expensive than current substitutes. The UV E-Team improved this UV sensor technology further and grew it on glass and plastics. The additional cost reduction made it more affordable to integrate sensors into watches or small electronic devices used in the detection, measuring and tracking of UV radiation exposure, the number one cause of skin cancer. The UV E-Team developed a PC-based prototype watch that was used to test UV sensors and demonstrated to potential customers interested in completing the integrated circuitry design to integrate the sensor into their own products.