Novel Chalcogenide Hybrid Terpolymers for High Refractive Index Polymers for IR Thermal Imaging

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Dong-Chul (Jeffrey) Pyun
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Richard Glass
Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Paul Eynott
Sr. Licensing Manager (520) 621-2878

Title: Image Sensor for Infrared Imaging


Invention: The technology describes a copolymer developed via synthesis involving inverse vulcanization. This simple synthetic pathway causes the copolymer to be highly efficient, a desirable trait for use as an infrared image sensor.


Background: The image sensing market, worth $12.3 billion in 2012, is expected to double by 2019. Existing copolymers that are employed in this market are typically fully organic and are produced in multi-step syntheses. The present invention describes a compound that combines the benefits of having an organic polymer with a metal compound while simultaneously having a relatively simple synthetic pathway.



  • Optoelectronics production, particularly image sensors
  • Circuit lithography
  • LED production



  • Physically more flexible for use in small image sensors (e.x. ability to fold)
  • Possesses a high refractive index and transparency
  • Rapid production process
  • Able to melt at a reasonable temperature
  • An excellent thermal agent
  • Inverse vulcanization reduces cost and time


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