Novarials Corporation was founded in 2010 to pursue the dreams of making high quality and precisely engineered inorganic nanowires at large scale via cost effective processes, of making revolutionary products and devices using these proprietary nanowires, and thus, of making significant contributions to the improvements of human living. The name of the company is a word combined from “Nova” and “rials”, in which “Nova” means novel, and “rials” is taken from materials, so Novarials Corporation means Novel Materials Company. The company is headquartered in Greater Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Xinjie (Jeff) Zhang
President & CEO, Co-Founder
Dr. Zhang founded Novarials Corporation in 2010 and serves as its President since then. Dr. Zhang is a top industry expert on one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials and an energetic entrepreneur. He has more than twenty years of industry research and development experience on nanomaterials, and a proven track record in commercializing new technologies. He was a group leader at SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP) in Beijing from 1992 to 1996. The work during this period led to the construction and successful operation of a brand-new N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) factory, Nanjing Jinlong Chemical Co., Ltd., in 1996. Dr. Zhang led the pilot production of the catalyst and the starting work of the commercial factory. He was awarded the “Scientific and Technical Progress Award” in 1996, a ministerial award in recognition for this significant contribution. From 2000 to 2001, Dr. Zhang was a Research Fellow of the Royal Society in St. Andrews University under the sponsorship of the Royal Society of UK. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Zhang worked in DOE Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL) on developing novel solid acid catalysts and a new process for the conversion of sorbitol to isosorbide. The developed technology was licensed by Battelle to Iowa Corn Promotion Board in 2005. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Zhang was the leading scientist on carbon nanotube growth in Hyperion Catalysis International – the world’s first carbon nanotube commercialization company. He was the scientist in the world who first grew single-walled carbon nanotube forest back in 2004 (3 days earlier than the Science journal paper), and he also held two more groundbreaking breakthroughs on carbon nanotube growth. Dr. Zhang has 13 issued patents and 15 peer-reviewed journal publications. His recent focus is on the large-scale preparation, processing, application, and commercialization of one-dimensional nanomaterials including multi-walled carbon nanotubes and single-walled carbon nanotubes. Under his leadership, Novarials is commercializing over two dozen inorganic nanowires, a series of unmatched carbon nanotube technologies, and three revolutionary nanowire membrane platform technologies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Peking University in 1999.
Dr. David Spencer
Business Mentor and Advisor
Dr. Spencer is the business mentor of Dr. Zhang. He applies his successful company operation expertise and business wisdom to direct the Company to move fast on the right track. Dr. Spencer founded wTe Corporation in 1981 and served as its president until 2002. He led the company’s entry into the waste-to-energy field in the 1980s, and later guided wTe into the recycling business. Today, David is the architect and leader of two new technology ventures for the company: Spectramet LLC and Melt Cognition LLC. Both ventures are pioneering new methodologies for high-value metals identification and sortation. Prior to founding wTe Corporation, he was employed by Raytheon and part of a team of three that founded that company’s waste-to-energy business. Dr. Spencer was elected as a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member for his invention and entrepreneurship in materials manufacturing and recycling in 2014. Dr. Spencer holds a Sc.D. degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Merton Flemings
Dr. Flemings is Toyota Professor Emeritus of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT,and is a materials guru renowned among materials societies worldwide. Dr. Flemings established the Materials Processing Center at MIT in 1979 and served as the first director from 1979 to 1982. He served as head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1982 to 1995 and was then the faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, which recognizes inventors, encourages sustainable development for real world problems, and inspires youth to pursue creative lives and careers. Dr. Flemings is author or co-author of 335 papers, 31 patents and two books in the fields of solidification science and engineering, foundry technology, and materials processing. Dr. Flemings has received numerous medals, awards and distinctions. In 2002, two endowed chairs were established in his name at MIT. He also has been elected to many professional memberships including Member of the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Flemings received his S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Metallurgy from MIT.
Dr. David Spencer (see Business Mentor)
Mr. Paul Mikkola
Mr. Mikkola served as President of Metal Casting Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. since December 2001. Mr. Mikkola joined Hitchiner in October 1998 as Executive Vice President of Operations. Mr. Mikkola worked for 31 years at General Motors Corporation in manufacturing, as Technical Director of casting operations and as Director, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering for GM’s largest division, GM Powertrain. During the time as President of Metal Casting Technology Inc, he negotiated with licensees worldwide of a number of patents and manufacturing technologies. Mr. Mikkola has received various professional honors: AFS Gold Medal in 2000, named to Foundry Management & Technology Hall of Honor in 1999, Fellow of ASM International in 1990. Mr. Mikkola holds a M.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Stuart Uram
Dr. Uram, a ceramic expert, founded Certech in 1970, a producer of complex and highly technical ceramic products predominantly for aerospace and industrial turbine applications. Certech grew to the largest independent ceramic core company in the world prior to its sale. Dr. Uram sold Certech in 1994, which is currently owned by Morgan Technical Ceramics. Dr. Uram has been a Senior Consultant to Carpenter Technology, Inc. since 1997. Dr. Uram is recognized as a premier ceramic engineer and entrepreneur in the industry and holds numerous patents in the field. Dr. Uram holds S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Metallurgy from MIT.
Dr. Anthony E. Allegrezza
Dr. Allegrezza has thirty six years R&D experience in membrane industry with Millipore, Koch Membrane Systems, and Albany International. While with these firms he conducted R&D as a senior scientist and as a group manager on composite reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, including the development a new form of ultrafiltration membrane (composite UF) for the biotech industry, and conducted research on a variety of other membrane products. This work involved development of manufacturing processes to control membrane properties, and methods of structure and property characterization. He has several US Patents in the field. He received the Jack Bush award, Millipore’s highest technical award for his distinguished technical achievements in the development of composite ultrafiltration membranes for virus removal in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, which has resulted in tens of millions dollars in sales to Millipore and is still being sold. Dr. Allegrezza was Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Membrane Society for nine years. He served a member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Membrane Applied Science and Technology at the University of Colorado and New Jersey Institute of Technology for seven years, serving as Chair for two years. Dr. Allegrezza has been a registered US Patent Agent since 1997 and has drafted patent applications for a wide variety of technical fields as well as Patent Office Action responses. Dr. Allegrezza holds a Doctor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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