RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 30, 2013) – The South Dakota School
of Mines & Technology will serve as the lead institution for the newly
created Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology (SPACT).
The center will receive $300,000 in start-up funding from the state for new projects
to address the nation’s most pervasive and destructive security and
SPACT research at the School of Mines has already led to the
creation of QR codes that remain invisible in ambient lighting but are readable
with a near-infrared laser and can be scanned using a smart phone. Use of this
technology could thwart counterfeiting, detect national security breaches and
be used in many other applications.
Reports of the research went viral and appeared in hundreds
of media outlets including BBC News,
NBCNews.com and Reuters. SPACT research
over the past three years has resulted in three patent disclosures and negotiations
for its commercialization.
Other SPACT research and development includes creating non-toxic
fluorescent inks for printing on pharmaceuticals, developing techniques to determine
the source and authenticity of pharmaceuticals, security printing of covert
markings and labels and electrospinning of tagged fibers and fabrics.
center is a collaborative effort with the University of South Dakota and
South Dakota State University.
The School of Mines also received a $200,000 research
innovation grant award to upgrade existing laboratories and to develop
state-of-the-art laboratories for large-scale production in advanced
"Our researchers are at the forefront of advanced
manufacturing and anti-counterfeiting technology. We hope to use these awards
to continue to grow the research done at Mines and transfer technology to
industry to create better products and more high-paying jobs,” said Mines President Heather Wilson,
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid
City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university
enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
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