About Us Summary
In over 20 years of its existence Spectra Group Limited, Inc. has become a creative and inventive force in the field of Photochemistry, the UV/EB Radiation Cure Industry and Organic Synthetic Chemistry. As UV/Visible light technology enablers, Spectra Group has the expertise and the resources to research, develop and manufacture your custom photochemical products.
In 1999 Spectra Group used stereolithography to produce 3D models from CT scans of mummies collected in 1906 by founders of the Toledo Museum of Art. The models were used by a forensic specialist to create life-like looking busts of ancient Egyptians exhibited at the Museum.
Expanding beyond stereolithography in the field of photosciences and photopolymerization, in its over 20 years of existence Spectra Group went on to become one of the most successful startups to have come from technology transfer from an Ohio university over the last 2 decades. Its scientists have affiliation with the Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University.
Neckers continued consulting for Spectra Group before retiring from the University to become the company’s CEO in 2009.
A recent article on Neckers’ contributions to stereolithography has been published here.
Spectra Group Ltd., is a full services photochemical products company. Our goal is to be your photochemical sciences partner. Our mission is to think “outside the box” and provide a solution which tailor fits the challenge.
- Research and manufacturing of formulated photocurable products
- UV/visible light photopolymerization Contract research & development – from product imagining and concept to reality
- Unique line of UV/visible photoinitiators
- Color change additives and related products
- Organic synthetic chemistry
Resources & Capabilities
- Full-time Ph.D. chemists on staff
- Consistent batch formulating from research to pilot to full-scale manufacturing
- Well equipped synthetic organic laboratory and analytical facilities
- Various active patents and patent applications portfolio (US and World)
- Member of RadTech, The Trade Association for UV/EBTechnology www.radtech.org
- Member of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) www.nwfa.org
Milestones in Spectra Photopolymers History
1996 — awarded Phase I US Navy SBIR to work on visible light curable corrosion resistant repair coatings for submarine ballast tanks
1997 — awarded Phase II US Navy SBIR to work on visible light curable corrosion resistant repair coatings for submarine ballast tanks with subsequent option picked up
1998 — Pioneering Technology Award at RadTech North America Exhibition and Show for its visible light cure corrosion resistant coatings work
2003 — selected as a co-contractor on the winning Third Frontier Ohio Department of Development proposal to create materials for photocastable spectacle lenses
2007 — awarded two Phase I SBIRs from US AirForce to work on development of fast curable and high-temperature resistance liquid shim and bonding primer
2008 — awarded a grant to develop, manufacture and market various photopolymer materials by Ohio Research and Commercialization Grant Program; after 2 year performance, by the end of 2010, created a number of jobs at the company and went on to produce 500% more in photopolymer sales based than expended state funds
2011 — awarded Phase I Office of Surgeon General of the US Army SBIR to develop fluid non-biological blood simulant for medical personnel training purposes
2012 — awarded Phase II Office of Surgeon General of the US Army SBIR to develop fluid non-biological blood simulant for medical personnel training purposes.