Team

  • HUNTER McDANIEL, PhD
    FOUNDER AND CEO

    Hunter McDaniel, PhD is UbiQD’s Founder and CEO. He transitioned from a postdoc position at LANL to the company’s first full-time employee in 2014. He has extensive relevant technical experience as he has worked on both traditional II-VI QDs (including those that contain cadmium) and I-III-VI QDs. During his career, Dr. McDaniel conducted research at top-tier research institutions; Los Alamos National Laboratory (2011-2014), Argonne National Laboratory (2011), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2006-2011), and University of California at Santa Barbara (2001-2006)). He is highly experienced in materials science and spectroscopy of semiconductor nanocrystals and their optoelectronic device applications (e.g., solar cells, LEDs). He also has worked directly with a major industrial partner Sharp Corporation on photovoltaic technology via a corporate R&D agreement. This work led to first-ever certification of a QD sensitized solar cell, generating three patent filings. He received several awards for leadership of the Young Investigator Committee of the Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics (CASP), a Department of Energy funded Energy Frontier Research Center. He has over twenty publications with more than 700 total citations, h-index: 14. Dr. McDaniel’s specific expertise includes: synthesis and processing of colloidal nanomaterials, optoelectronic devices (e.g., solar cells, light-emitting diodes, photodetectors, field-effect transistors) fabrication and characterization, electron microscopy (TEM, STEM, SEM), and continuous-wave and time-resolved spectroscopy of nanomaterials.

  • MATT BERGREN, PhD
    VICE PRESIDENT

    Dr. Matt Bergren is the Director of Applied Physics at UbiQD. He received his bachelors of science in engineering physics at Colorado School of Mines and received his PhD in applied physics from the Colorado School of Mines in 2014 while performing research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, CO. Before joining UbiQD in the fall of 2015, Dr. Bergren held postdoctoral positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory studying carrier dynamics in CdTe thin film solar cells (in collaboration with First Solar) and at the Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, an Institute of Basic Science at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea. Over the past 7 years, Dr. Bergren’s research has mainly focused on understanding the optoelectronic properties of nanostructures (including QDs, nanowires, two-dimensional semiconductors and nanocomposites). Matt is an expert in ultrafast and steady-state spectroscopy (including time-correlated single photon counting measurements, PLQY, time-resolved and steady-state PL, ultrafast transient absorption and time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy). Dr. Bergren is highly experienced with photoluminescence experiments, with numerous peer-reviewed publications, where he has studied the emission properties of QD solutions and thin films as well as nanocomposites.

  • STEVE REINHARD
    VICE PRESIDENT - BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    Steve Reinhard is UbiQD’s Vice President of Business Development. Steve has more than 10 years of experience developing new business and evaluating the technical and commercial viability of quantum dots into the display, lighting and solar industries. Prior to joining UbiQD, Steve served as Nanoco Technologies’ Vice President of Business Development for more than 8 years. He has also held senior level Business Development, Sales and Marketing positions with Displaytech (manufacturer of liquid-crystal-on-silicon microdisplays) and Dynamic Organic Light (developer of quantum dot electroluminescent materials). In these roles, Steve has authored and given more than 20 papers and presentations at high profile industry events. He began his career at Lockheed Martin working in Engineering and New Business Development roles. Steve received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Penn State and earned his MBA from Binghamton University.

  • KARTHIK RAMASAMY, PhD
    DIRECTOR OF CHEMISTRY

    Dr. Karthik Ramasamy is the Director of Chemistry at UbiQD, and he leads R&D on synthetic methods and scale-up. He received his bachelors of science and masters in chemistry from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India. Dr. Ramasamy received his PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Paul O’Brien (founder of Nanoco) at the University of Manchester, UK for a thesis titled “New Molecular Precursors for Metal Sulfides” in 2010. Before joining UbiQD in 2016, Dr. Ramasamy held postdoctoral positions at the University of Alabama and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Over the past eight years, Dr. Ramasamy’s research has mainly focused on developing new synthetic methods for metal chalcogenide nanocrystals. He has more than 50 publications and over 1,000 citations relating to quantum dots. Dr. Ramasamy is an expert at optimizing and scaling up the synthesis alloyed metal sulfides including CuInSeS QDs.

  • AARON JACKSON, PhD
    DIRECTOR OF NANOCOMPOSITES

    Dr. Jackson’s research career has been focused on applied polymer research and product development. In 2006, he graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Materials Science and engineering. At Cornell, Dr. Jackson studied fuel cell catalysts and fuel cell testing. In 2011, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering. His thesis focused on the development of nanoscale self-healing materials and applications, particularly for optical films. Within the framework of this research, he developed novel encapsulation methods and new self-healing chemistries. After Illinois, Dr. Jackson studied as a post-doctoral researcher at the Army Research Labs where he characterized morphologies of phase separated polymer structures including supramolecular polymer nanocomposites and fuel cells. His most recent position was at Axalta Coatings Systems developing formulations for solvent borne, low emissions paint systems. Dr. Jackson’s expertise related to this project includes industrial formulations, polymer engineering, nanoparticle functionalization, and polymer characterization (TEM, STEM, SEM, SAXS).

  • NIKOLAY MAKAROV, PhD
    DIRECTOR OF APPLIED PHYSICS

    Dr. Nikolay Makarov is the Director of Applied Physics at UbiQD. He received his bachelors of science in mathematics at St. Petersburg State Univeristy and received his PhD in physics from Montana State University in 2010. Before joining UbiQD in the summer of 2016, Dr. Makarov held postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Over the past four years, Dr. Makarov’s research has mainly focused on understanding the optoelectronic properties of quantum dots, with a special focus on the same I-III-VI quantum dots that UbiQD is commercializing. Nikolay is an expert in ultrafast and steady-state spectroscopy (including time-correlated single photon counting measurements, PLQY, time-resolved and steady-state PL, ultrafast transient absorption and multi-photon absorption spectroscopy). Dr. Makarov is highly experienced with photoluminescence experiments, with numerous peer-reviewed publications, where he has studied the emission properties of QD solutions and thin films as well as nanocomposites.



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