By studying the effects that chemical dyes have on computer chips, UC Irvine researchers hope to develop technology that may someday help bring flat-screen color televisions into the home.
The research--a joint effort of UC Irvine and Ford Aerospace and Communications--is still in its early stages. But, according to John C. Hemminger, a UCI chemistry professor, "down the road it could have some major impact on various real world products."
UCI researchers have found that when a combination of chemical dye and ultraviolet light is applied to the surface of a semiconductor, color images appear on the computer chip. Hemminger said different dyes may be able to produce a range of color images on a chip. The process has potential applications for flat-screen devices such as TVs or computer screens.
The technology used to produce black-and-white images on a flat-screen TV is not applicable to color images, Hemminger said.
Like flat-screen black-and-white TVs available now, a flat-screen color TV could be small and lightweight. Because it would require relatively low voltage to produce color images, power could be supplied by small batteries.