Tiptek's key team members include an experienced and successful high-technology startup company executive and the inventors of the technology.
Scott P. Lockledge, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder. Scott P. Lockledge received his Ph.D. degree (1990) in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and pursued graduate business studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has served previously as CEO and co-founder of a successful venture-backed start-up company to develop advanced oil filtration technology for internal combustion engines.
Dr. Lockledge is an expert in surface science and interfacial phenomena, and his experience in technology development and commercialization is broad. While serving under the President's Science Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Dr. Lockledge coordinated the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV) and the 21st Century Truck (21CT) initiative. He also served as an advisor to the vice-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science as a Congressional Fellow. Spanning a decade, his commercial and technical career involved developing proprietary polymer stabilizers now used in flexible vinyl products across North America and a next generation corrosion control product used in North America's largest oilfield.
Dr. Lockledge has authored more than 15 U.S. and foreign patents and numerous technical papers, reports, and conference presentations on topics of materials engineering, corrosion science, and environmental impact.
Joseph W. Lyding, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder. Joseph W. Lyding is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. (1976), M.S. (1978), and Ph.D. (1983) degrees in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. In 1984 he joined the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to work with Nobel Laureate John Bardeen and colleagues. In 1986 Professor Lyding developed the first STM at Illinois and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 and Professor in 1993.
Professor Lyding's research interests include nanofabrication on semiconductor surfaces and development of scanned probe technology. He has over 150 publications and has presented about 100 invited talks. His invention, with Karl Hess, of deuterium processing to reduce hot-carrier degradation effects in CMOS technology has led to a patent portfolio that has now been licensed to major chip producers. The technology is currently used in Apple Corporation's i-Phone.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, was selected as a Finalist for the Feynman Prize in Nanotechnology, and has been selected as a UIUC University Scholar.
Gregory S. Girolami, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder. Gregory S. Girolami is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Texas at Austin (1977) and his M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Thereafter, he was a NATO postdoctoral fellow with Nobel Laureate Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College of Science and Technology, and joined the Illinois faculty in 1983. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1989 and to Full Professor in 1993.
A significant component of Professor Girolami's research relates to the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of thin films, an area in which he has long been an internationally recognized leader. He has been a key member of two SBIR projects related to coatings for the aerospace industry, and has worked directly with Intel and Seagate to optimize CVD coating technologies for microelectronic and data storage applications. He has written more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers and holds three patents, with several others under review.
Professor Girolami was Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign between 2000 and 2005. He has received numerous honors including the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, and a UIUC University Scholar Award. He also has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.