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Hong Kong Science Park company Master Dynamic pioneers cutting-edge diamond-marking technology and applications
13 Mar 2017
(From left to right) Master Dynamic Chief Executive Officer Dr. Tom Kong; Chow Tai Fook Deputy General Manager & Group Branding Director Alan Chan; Master Dynamic Chief Operating Officer Ian Kwan; and HKSTP Chief Technology Officer George Tee attended the press conference, witnessing Hong Kong’s strengths in hi-tech R&D industrialisation.
The project underscores Hong Kong’s strengths in industrialising R&D and the enormous potential of material science and precision engineering applications
(Hong Kong, 13 March 2017) Master Dynamic Limited (“Master Dynamic”), based in Hong Kong Science Park, today announced its R&D and application success. Utilising its expertise in material analysis, nanofabrication and precision engineering, Master Dynamic collaborated with renowned jeweller Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (“Chow Tai Fook”) to develop a revolutionary nano-marking technology for diamonds and create a new end-to-end commercialisation strategy. The application not only helps boost customers’ confidence in natural diamonds but also sets new standards in the global diamond industry. In the process of developing the technology, Master Dynamic also leveraged the properties of natural diamond to develop quantum technology materials as well as collaborated with the medical school of a local university to use fine diamond powder generated from polishing for endoscopic removal of tumours, contributing to the accuracy of early-stage cancer detection and treatment.
Revolutionary patented technology makes Chow Tai Fook T MARK a trusted guarantee for natural diamonds
Utilising its expertise on material analytics and nanofabrication, Master Dynamic applied its focused ion beam patented technology to successfully develop the world’s tiniest nano diamond mark without damaging or leaving residual chemical in a diamond. Master Dynamic also deployed advanced precision engineering and image recognition technology to develop a high-resolution computerised optical microscope (Red Dot Design Award in 2015) for examining T MARK diamonds, leveraging advanced technology to authenticate natural diamonds. Chow Tai Fook, which co-developed the technology with Master Dynamic, launched the T MARK diamond project to create a complete end-to-end customer value chain in its vertically integrated business model. The project offers guarantees for natural diamonds and enables customers to easily track, manage and record a diamond’s history, from raw material procurement to cutting, polishing, designing and setting, through to being purchased from store and given as a present. The T MARK project shows how technology breakthrough can bring innovative personalised customer experience and elevate the quality of the digital lifestyle.
Master Dynamic CEO Dr. Tom Kong said: “We are proud to work with industry leader Chow Tai Fook in developing a cutting-edge technology that leads international jewellery industry development. The technology helps boost customers’ confidence in diamond authenticity by preventing swapping and counterfeiting. The state-of-the-art facilities in Hong Kong Science Park facilitated our R&D. Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation connects us with various business partners on an ongoing basis, and provides value-added support services that are crucial to our development. We hope that this collaboration will take Master Dynamic’s technologies out of Hong Kong and be recognised and applied across the world.”
Chow Tai Fook managing director Kent Wong said: “Over the years, Chow Tai Fook has been supporting innovation and technology as well as research and development. The collaboration with Master Dynamic to develop the patented marking technology not only gives us a unique competitive edge but also helps enhance customers’ confidence in purchasing natural diamonds. Through this collaboration, we witnessed the solid innovative power of Hong Kong’s technology firms to break through conventional limitations. I believe by applying Master Dynamic’s technology, T MARK can change diamond industry practices and take the entire industry forward.”
Using diamond for cancer treatments in collaboration with the medical school of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
While developing the T MARK project, Master Dynamic has also turned natural diamond into an ideal material for nanotechnology development and medical applications, leveraging natural diamond’s unique attributes of being harmless to human bodies and the intrinsic florescence from the natural diamond’s Nitrogen Vacancy centre. Master Dynamic collaborated with the medical school of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to develop nano-diamond bio-labelling technology for gastrointestinal cancer detection and surgery. Through Master Dynamic’s nanofabrication technology, the fine diamond powder produced in the cutting and polishing process will bond with specific antibodies that in turn bond with cancer cells when introduced into the human body. This will help doctors differentiate early-stage cancer tissues and normal ones, improve on tumour removal surgery and increase the accuracy of early-stage cancer detection and treatment.
Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation CEO Mr Albert Wong said: “I am pleased to see a Hong Kong Science Park company mastering such a sophisticated advanced technology. This does not only bring fresh opportunities to the consumer market but also proves that the fruits of Hong Kong’s R&D can produce unlimited possibilities for the society. Material science and precision engineering are the pillars for advanced manufacturing. Many Hong Kong Science Park companies are developing related technologies. With the global trend of Industry 4.0 and Hong Kong’s reindustrialisation development, material science and precision engineering lay the foundation for new products and new industries to thrive, as well as diversify applications. Master Dynamic’s R&D has been adopted by Chow Tai Fook. The two parties discovered further possibilities of natural diamond for medicine and data transmission in the process. The development potential of material science and precision engineering is clear. I hope that more talent will join the fields and more companies will adopt local R&D results. Together we will drive the development of Hong Kong’s knowledge economy.”
About Master Dynamic
Master Dynamic is a technology company established in 2010. It specialises in the R&D of materials analysis, nanotechnology, precision engineering, watchmaking, retail automation and data analytics. Its team of 120 engineers, software developers and researchers is developing advanced technology and products in its labs and clean rooms at Hong Kong Science Park. Through innovation and technology, Master Dynamic provides customers with complete technical solutions, delivering sustained competitive advantages for customers through the unique customer-oriented solutions that have high technical thresholds. Its technologies and products are applied in different industries, including anti-counterfeiting, brands, watches and luxury goods, retail, manufacturing, medicine and healthcare. Master Dynamic is also developing quantum technology in collaboration with other leading R&D organisations.
Master Dynamic technologies
Nano technology is instrumental in revolutionising the technologies for many industries, including bio-medicine, communications and watchmaking. Its first invention, completed in 2013, is a non-magnetic silicon-based hairspring developed with precision engineering and nanofabrication. This invention holding a number of patents is superior in resistance to temperature, shock and magnetic forces compared to traditional metal hairsprings. Watches with a silicon hairspring are considered more durable and reliable. Few watch manufacturers in the world have the capabilities to develop and produce silicon hairsprings, and Master Dynamic is the only one outside Switzerland in the league. Master Dynamic has filed more than 100 patents for inventions in the areas of nanotechnology, material analysis, anti-counterfeit technology, watchmaking, retail automation and analytics.
Nano-diamond bio-labelling technology
In the process of developing T MARK diamonds in collaboration with Chow Tai Fook, Master Dynamic found other ways to manipulate the unique attributes of natural diamond for other nanotechnology R&D and applications. Master Dynamic is now collaborating with the medical school of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to develop nano-diamond bio-labelling technology for gastrointestinal cancer detection and surgery. Diamond, formed of carbon molecules, is harmless to human bodies. Its Nitrogen Vacancy centre gives it intrinsic fluorescence. Through Master Dynamic’s nanofabrication technology, specific antibodies would bond with nano-diamond. When these antibodies bond with cancer cells, doctor can effectively identify early-stage tumours and treat accordingly.
Quantum technology and application
Master Dynamic also discovered that natural diamond is an ideal material for developing quantum and nanofabrication technology. In Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting 2016, Scientific Co-Chairman Prof Rainer Blatt suggested that quantum technology is the future of the 21st century. Since then, various international conglomerates (e.g. Baidu, Google, Intel and Samsung) and governments have invested billions of US dollars in developing quantum technology and application, building super powerful quantum computers, secured communications and bio-sensing applications. Currently, MIT and Harvard University are using synthetic diamond for R&D in quantum communications. Master Dynamic, supported by Chow Tai Fook, is working with MIT, Harvard University, Ulm University and other top research institutes to develop quantum technology and quantum-grade natural diamond applications. The R&D is expected to take a few years. Quantum technology and application bring benefits by ensuring data communications is fully encrypted.
About Chow Tai Fook T MARK
Combining the competitive edge of its vertically integrated business model and patented technology, Chow Tai Fook launched the Chow Tai Fook T MARK diamond brand in August 2016. Each T MARK diamond is inscribed with a nano-sized mark and a unique serial number. The history of each T MARK diamond – from raw material procurement to finished product – is transparent to customers, ensuring each diamond is all natural and has never been swapped. The mark for a T MARK diamond measures 250 x 250 micron and less than 5 nanometres (about 1/20000 of finger print) in height. It can only be detected by high-power microscope and is difficult to counterfeit as it is made with proprietary nanofabrication technology and sophisticated and customised equipment. Chow Tai Fook has also developed a dedicated mobile APP for T MARK diamond. It serves as a digital jewellery box where customers can keep the records of all their precious items, and enhances the digital lifestyle for customers.
About Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation
Comprising Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) is a statutory body dedicated to building a vibrant innovation and technology ecosystem to connect stakeholders, nurture technology talents, facilitate collaboration, and catalyse innovations to deliver social and economic benefits to Hong Kong and the region.
Established in May 2001, HKSTP has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information & Communications Technology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Materials and Precision Engineering. We enable science and technology companies to nurture ideas, innovate and grow, supported by our R&D facilities, infrastructure, and market-led laboratories and technical centres with professional support services. We also offer value-added services and comprehensive incubation programmes for technology start-ups to accelerate their growth.
Technology businesses benefit from our specialised services and infrastructure at Science Park for applied research and product development; enterprises can find creative design support at InnoCentre; while skill-intensive businesses are served by our three industrial estates at Tai Po, Tseung Kwan O and Yuen Long.
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