Lightwave Logic's core technology is the design and development of organic polymeric optical materials. Founding scientist Dr Frederick Goetz, was an organic chemist looking to develop an electro-optical organic polymer that would not only be able to interact with and alter light waves, but also could withstand extremely high temperatures. Successful development of such a material would constitute a major technological advancement that could offer significant performance improvements over exotic inorganic materials at a fraction of the cost.
What led to the breakthrough in the development of the first Perkinamine™ chromophore was a unique out-of-the-box approach that Dr. Goetz took that was 180 degrees out from alternative approaches other larger companies tried and subsequently failed to accomplish. While others began with a material that had high electro-optically active characteristics and attempted to thermally stabilize it, Dr. Goetz started with material that was thermally stable and then attempted to make it electro-optically active.
Perkinamine™ chromophores are unlike any others in that they have demonstrated superior thermal stability. In several tests conducted by independent companies, Perkinamine™ polymer composites have withstood temperatures below 250 C. This is extremely important to gain commercial acceptance since EO polymers need to be incorporated into existing semiconductor manufacturing processes (CMOS).
Today, the original Perkinamine™ with the help of its university partnerships has evolved into a family of chromophores. These derivative chromophores each have their own unique properties specific to the device requirements needed to address various commercial opportunities.