Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology (SPACT)
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 received $300,000 in start-up funding from the state for new projects to address the nation’s most pervasive and destructive security and counterfeiting problems.
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.
The new center is a collaborative effort with the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.
A new SPACT website is being built and will be available soon.