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Expert in Surfaces, nanostructured materials, and electrochemistry (including batteries)

Expert ID: 735870 Colorado, USA

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Expertise in chemistry of surfaces and interfaces; nanostructured materials; electrochemistry. Have worked in patent litigation and other cases requiring technical interpretations.

I offer technology consulting, IP consulting, and expert services, leveraging my expertise in developing new materials and device technologies across a broad range of applications.

Business-focused technical leader with excellent analytical, communication and leadership skills. Technical expertise on the applications of materials science and device technologies across a broad range of market applications. Author or co-author on over 100 patents and published patent applications. Led the development of multiple technologies from innovation to the marketplace.

o Averted >$100M in potential recall liability to TI by identifying a previously undiagnosed failure mechanism for surface adhesion in a MEMS device, and leading the team to design and ship replacement parts. Parts shipped <9 months after the failures were identified.
o Originated the concepts, wrote, and won grants of >$2M in non-dilutive government funding for four different companies (seven awards total)
o Author on 90 issued US patents, across a wide range of fields, with a focus on materials, surfaces, and electronic and optical systems

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Boulder, Colorado - Denver, Colorado

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2000 Degree: Post-Doctoral Researcher Subject: Chemistry- Molecular magnetic materials, conductive polymers, and crystal engineering Institution: California Institute of Technology
Year: 1998 Degree: PhD Subject: Chemistry Institution: California Institute of Technology
Year: 1992 Degree: BA Subject: Chemistry Institution: Carleton College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: President Department: Responsibilities: Act as a technology strategy consultant to Fortune 500 clients, helping them design new products, identify cost reduction opportunities, and target R&D and M&A investments. My clients benefit from my unusually broad background, including batteries, semiconductors, medical device, and software, and my focus on the fundamentals of the business. I have consulted to well-recognized names in aerospace, semiconductors, industrial products, consumer products, apparel, and food, among others.

I also act as an advisor and CTO-for-hire for early stage companies still developing their technical and business strategies. As a technical expert in IP matters, I have ten years of experience in expert witness testimony, prior art and invalidity searching, performing diligence for investors, reviews of portfolios for large IP owners, and IP and technology landscapes for both small and large companies.
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Electrochemistry Research Manager Department: Responsibilities: Cost and performance benchmarking of new battery and supercapacitor technologies
Years: 2018 to 2020 Employer: Xinova Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Xinova helps companies find and scale technology growth initiatives through open requests of an inventor network from which we source technology innovations; strategic planning to help clients prepare for and take advantage of technology disruption, led by a staff of senior industry executives; and access to capital to fund product development, M&A, and new ventures. Currently, I’m working on M&A and technology evaluations, and implementing open innovation initiatives for select clients.
Years: 2014 to 2016 Employer: Technology Reserve, Inc. Title: Chief Technologist / Technology Advisor Department: Responsibilities: Helped multinational organizations (including General Electric, DuPont, Alcoa, Ford, and the research organization CSIRO) out-license technologies to small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). Developed process for interviewing SMEs to identify technical and market needs, and drafted best-in-class documentation to communicate these technologies, and facilitate transfer.
Years: 2008 to 2017 Employer: Ardent Research Title: Inventor; Manager of invention review team Department: Responsibilities: Served as an inventor-for-hire on over 70 patents and published US Patent Applications. Manage Ardent’s expert and inventor networks of a dozen independent contractors.
Years: 2013 to 2015 Employer: ClearMark Systems, LLC. Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: Co-founded a DARPA-funded software company developing anti-counterfeiting and forensics analysis software for the semiconductor industry. Raised $1.1 M. The technology uses machine vision to capture a microscopic image of tooling-specific characteristics of a product, and by comparing these images against a database, an automated algorithm confirms authenticity.

Years: 2008 to 2015 Employer: Rocky Mountain Section of the MRS Title: Founder, President Department: Responsibilities: Founded and led non-profit that hosts technical talks, short courses, and networking events for the materials science community in the Front Range of Colorado.
Years: 2009 to 2014 Employer: University of Colorado, Boulder Title: Research Faculty Department: Responsibilities: Collaboration with Prof. Doug Gin, Chemical Engineering. Consultant to Prof. Steve George, Chemistry. Consultant to Prof. Jill DuPre, ATLAS Institute.
Years: 2005 to 2008 Employer: Zettacore Title: Principal Polymer Chemist Department: Responsibilities: Developed a new class of high strength gelled liquid electrolyte for a semiconductor memory device that stored bits in the redox states of molecules. Raised $500,000 in grant support for Zettacore’s successor company, eSionic, to develop the technology further.

Years: 2000 to 2005 Employer: Texas Instruments Title: Process and Packaging Engineer Department: Digital Light Products Responsibilities: In 2001 elected as Group Member, Technical Staff, fastest in division history, for contributions identifying an unanticipated stiction failure mechanism and leading the team to develop a remedy. Led teams of up to 20 engineers in integration and qualification of new anti-stiction coatings, and new technical solutions to dramatically to improve the contrast ratio of DLP systems.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
As of early 2020, Expert has been a technical expert in 8 litigation cases.
Publications and Patents Summary
US Patents and Patent Applications (90 issued US Patents, 109 published US Applications)
Patents and publications in: Batteries and Electrochemistry, Sensors and Devices, Optics and Optoelectronics, MEMS, Functional Materials, Biomaterials and Drug Delivery, Carbon and its Allotropes, Membranes and Chemical Separations

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