EPIR was founded by Dr. Siva Sivananthan in 1997 with a mission to protect those who protect us by developing specialized infrared materials and providing cutting-edge research for the U.S. defense industry. EPIR’s infrared technology, based on mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe or MCT), is used in high performance night vision cameras, imaging systems and detectors for a wide range of applications.
Over the last five years, the company has rapidly commercialized these advanced infrared materials and also low-cost infrared sensors for commercial and machine vision applications. EPIR’s technology, based on MCT, formed the foundation for the development of revolutionary new multi-junction photovoltaic cells for solar energy applications. The company maintains a strong and innovative R&D team that improves existing technologies and develops new ones.
The experienced EPIR team is passionate, dedicated and continuously striving for excellence. EPIR works closely with many world-renowned industry experts who serve as consultants and advisers. With a strong and extensive network of strategic partnerships, EPIR collaborates with a range of government, academic and corporate partners to seek and develop new ideas, transition those dreams into reality, and meet the technological needs of the future.
EPIR is part of the Sivananthan Laboratories group of companies. Sivananthan Laboratories is a high tech business incubator focused on promoting economic growth in Illinois, the United States and around the world through fostering cutting-edge, fundamental R&D. Sivananthan Laboratories is dedicated to bridging the gap between fundamental research and technology commercialization.
EPIR has been recognized locally as the Bolingbrook “Small Business of the Year” in 2010, as well as nationally by the Science Coalition and elected officials. Additionally, EPIR’s scientists and engineers have received many accolades for their efforts and contributions to the scientific community. With a deep commitment to community service, EPIR supports numerous local, national and global philanthropies.
Community service, along with economic security and physical security, are the core values upon which EPIR was founded. The company remains dedicated to these core values and its mission to “protect those who protect us.”