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Jeffrey Bahr, Ph.D.

President 

Jeff co-founded Argen Polymer LLC in 2011. He previously held senior technical and management positions in polymer and nanomaterial product development. He has extensive experience in materials characterization via thermal and spectroscopic techniques, mechanical properties of polymers, and chemical process development. 

He has previously served as Principal Investigator on a number of polymer related programs through NSF, DoD, and NIST; industry technical advisor to the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies at MIT; technical and intellectual property consultant to several start-up companies in the US and UK in the realm of materials science. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and NACE.

Jeff holds a B.S. in chemistry from Texas A&M University, Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University, and took two years postdoctoral training at Rice University with Professors James Tour and Richard Smalley.

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David Gerrard, Ph.D.

Technical Director

Dave has extensive industrial experience involving polymers and elastomers. He has held senior technical, research, new product development, and engineering management positions at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Baker Hughes, The Flexitallic Group, and CDI Energy Products. He has broad technical expertise in the areas of experimental mechanics, fatigue and fracture, rubber friction and wear, and enviro chemical aspects to polymer performance in downhole applications.  Dave holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Ph.D. in Polymer Engineering from The University of Akron.  He has authored 17 U.S Patents and 16 Publications and Papers. He is an active supporter and past Chair of The Energy Polymer Group.

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Xiaodong Hu, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Xiaodong is primarily responsible for polymer characterization and thermal analysis at Argen. He previously held technical roles at a division of Continental Carbon, Carbon Nanotechnologies Inc., Rohm and Haas, and CIBA Vision.

His expertise encompasses polymer chemistry, characterization, structure-property relationships, plastics/rubbers/fibers, polymer processing, and nanomaterials.

Xiaodong is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Teri Garrett

Project Manager

Teri is one of the longest tenured members of the Argen team. Teri typically manages larger scope multi-faceted projects, where she is adept at keeping complicated test matrices on track.

She previously held technical roles at Trans Ionics Corporation where she developed solid state ion transport membranes and polymeric membranes for pervaporation and liquid-liquid extraction. There she worked with tools such as gas chromatography, FTIR, and impedance spectroscopy to characterize these materials.

She was also previously with SeprOx Corporation where she worked to synthesize oxygen conducting electrolyte materials and optimize processing parameters for these materials.

Teri graduated with Honors from the University of Houston with a B.S. in chemistry.

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