Imagine Research and Technology Inc.  of Edmonton Alberta Canada develops polymers, electronic manufacturing materials and manufacturing processes for the electronics industry. 


Imagine’s development experience

includes:

  1. Nanotechnology applications and innovation

  2. Interface chemistry

  3. Digital and Analog electronic circuit design

  4. Software development

  5. Motion control design

 
Innovation from DC to light

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Why use “Industry-Driven Research”?


Originally developed in Germany, industry-driven research is a new model of business for universities in which private companies approach and work with researchers to solve very specific problems.  The work is done in extreme privacy, is not announced anywhere until ready or close to ready for market, and is commercialized exclusively by the private company.  An article in the November 2013 issue of Scientific American magazine discusses this new approach in detail. 


We have used this concept to great advantage.


Quantum ShieldWall (QS) is a nanoelectronic coating on a circuit board that improves how electrons flow in the  circuit.  Imagine Research and Technology Inc.  approached the University of Akron in 2013 with the proposal to create this new
nanotechnology material to solve specific problems in electronics. 


Akron is widely considered to be one of the top polymer research institutes in the world, and QS has been under confidential development in their research labs for the last 4+ years, exclusively via private contracts with us.  Purdue University recently joined the project as well.  The series of materials are now being introduced to industry. 


Scientific American is part of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, a Holtzbrinck group company.

 

Latest News:

How Big is the Nanotech Market?

Imagine Research and Technology Inc.  is developing Quantum ShieldWall*, a high-tech
series of nanoelectronic materials for use on the electronics production line.  Nanotech Magazine recently published an updated analysis (May 2017) of the global market for a particular form of nanotech material...

Read about it here, in the Nanotech Market Research section of this website.

 

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An open letter from Doug Whyte, CEO


My life was spared in December of 2001 after I suffered a life-threatening brain injury.  I was given a second chance, and this technology we have developed today is because of that second chance.  This is my life work, and I am profoundly grateful to a lot of people for this opportunity.


I have been working on versions of this technology for more than 20 years.  It is meant to improve the reliability and performance of electronics.  I first came across the potential for it in a white paper discussing a certain class of polymer plastics that held promise for electronics, while I was working at the University of Alberta as a

lab technician in Electrical Engineering.  I set the concept aside until the 90’s when I was working in private industry as owner of Imagine Technologies, where we provided computer technical support and electronic product development. 


Leveraging the work of others, I began working on and modifying the underlying building blocks of this technology at Imagine.  The technology we have today is designed to work as an active polymer layer permanently applied to circuit boards during manufacture, a coating meant to improve electron flow via mechanisms including quantum electron tunnelling.  It is also self healing.


In those early days we were far from this level, but by late 2001 I had a material that at the time I felt showed real promise, and I was ready to begin looking at ways of developing forms of it that would be usable on the electronic production line.


All that came to a sudden halt on the morning of Saturday December 1, 2001 when I fell off a roof and suffered a serious brain injury.  I had been installing a satellite dish on the roof of my acreage west of Edmonton when the ladder slipped on the ice and I fell two stories, landing on my head and suffering a major closed-head brain injury. 


I lay there face down on the ground in the snow, passing in and out of consciousness, gasping for air, and unable to move.  At one point I remember coming to and thinking, “This may be it.  I might die right here.” And then I collapsed back into unconsciousness.  When I came to again I could hear the neighbour’s kids talking to me asking if I was all right.  They had been out playing and saw me lying in the snow.  They ran to get their grandfather.  He came running out and got my wife and sons from the house.  They hadn’t even known I was outside working on the roof.


After making sure my neck wasn’t broken, they managed to get me to sit up.  I passed out several times again and then they got me into the car and drove me to hospital.  I was admitted to the Emergency Department at the Misericordia Hospital in West Edmonton that afternoon.


Thus began a 7-year recovery from brain injury.


I went through extensive ongoing testing at the University and Misericordia hospitals - MRI’s, EEG scans, etc etc.  My wife and sons had to rearrange their lives to take care of me.  I couldn’t function on my own.  The first three months I was in complete amnesia.  I have no memory of that time.  After that, for the next 6 months I slept 20-22 hours a day.  Then I began to see slow signs of recovery.


What happened was I had injured the frontal lobe, the front part of my brain in the fall.  This area of the brain is the executive processing centre, the thinker, the decision maker.  Higher thought happens in this area.  From the web..


The front part of the brain, the frontal lobe is responsible for:

• Personality, behavior, emotions

• Judgment, planning, problem solving

• Speech: speaking and writing

• Body movement

• Intelligence, concentration, self awareness


But because it had been injured, all thought processes ceased.  One normally thinks in words, but for me there was no thought activity.  Just silence.  I was awake but silent.  My feelings, emotions, senses were still profoundly alive but I was simply a silent observer.  I was like a small child, all emotion, just joy, happiness and quiet observation of the world.  I was alive, and wonderful people were around me!  That was all I knew.  And in that silence and love I began to watch my brain rewire itself.


I had to learn how to read, to talk, to drive, everything.  It was a complete reboot from zero.  I was extremely fortunate - I could have been left quadriplegic or worse.  The doctors said they thought I would fully recover with no lasting signs of injury, but that it would take at least 5 years.  It in fact wound up taking about 7 years before I felt I was fully recovered.


When I began to be able to get out in the world again, I first worked at Home Depot.  It was a hard time for me.  I felt so inadequate.  But I stuck with it and literally every week I could see improvements.


During that time of recovery, many times I found myself asking, “Why have I been spared?  Why am I here?  What is the purpose of my life?” And I knew the answer was that I was to give back, that I had been given a second chance, and that somehow I could make a contribution.


By 2010, I had fully recovered.  In fact in several ways I was better than before the injury.  I had a fresh, new brain.  I could think clearly and see concepts that I couldn’t before.  My heart, feelings, emotions, my appreciation of the world, my love of family all had developed profoundly.  They say if you lose a sense all the other senses deepen to compensate.  That was my experience.  All the deeper aspects of self became fuller and richer.


And I knew I had been called upon to give something back to the world in some humble way.


This is why I resumed work again in 2012 to develop the technology that we are now introducing.  I knew this could make a difference.  My business partner and I took a look at the state of affairs in electronics and we saw that with the changes that electronics had gone through in the last decade -  extreme miniaturization, increases in speed and performance, increases in complexity, demanding new applications, etc., that what we were looking at developing could be more important now than ever before.


And so we partnered with University of Akron and Purdue University to develop these materials, and the last 5 years have been amazing.  With our first patent now in place, a second at the patent pending stage, and a third in discussion, this is a fundamental, underlying, enabling technology for at least 20-22 vertical electronics markets.  It is targeted to improve the functionality, performance, reliability and longevity of electronics in everything from aviation to aerospace, to medical electronics, robotics, professional audio and video production, computers, cell phones, on and on.  We are now at the extreme environment field testing stage, and it is intended that:


• Equipment will last longer, thus reducing the estimated 50 million tons of failed, useless, waste electronics that hits the landfills every year around the world. 


• Lives will be saved with this technology.  In mission-critical fields - aviation, the military, medical electronics, aerospace, emergency response, advanced automotives - fields where lives are at stake - the electronics that drives those fields will be made more reliable.


• Cost of ownership and cost of maintenance of electronics will be reduced.  Downtime for business will be improved.  It is estimated that businesses in the US alone suffer downtime losses amounting to billions of dollars every year. 


• Stress in people’s lives will be reduced.  You’re on your third cell phone, your expensive big screen TV just failed, the computers crash at work on a regular basis.  This is annoying, stressful, and sometimes even life threatening.


This is why we are doing this.  It is my opportunity to give something back to the world for my life having been spared back in 2001.


And I want to thank everyone that has stepped up to the plate to support us in this work.  Because of your support, the world will be made a bit better place.


Thank you.


Doug Whyte, CEO

October 2018,

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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