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.
Joe’s career spans Fortune 100 companies in tire and rubber, oil and gas, petrochemical and industrial gases. He has held senior scientific positions at GE Oil & Gas, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Occidental Chemical and Union Carbide Industrial Gases.
In earlier years he developed expertise as an analytical chemist in various characterization and instrumental techniques with a specialization in gas chromatography mass spectrometry. He also has extensive experience in elastomers as a materials scientist in rubber compounding, rubber product manufacturing and processing, and rubber product forensics.
He has been the recipient of various awards such as Corporate Inventor of the Year, President’s Achievement Award and Control Title Engineering Award. He has taught Six Sigma quality techniques, and has testified as an expert witness.
Joe holds a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from The Ohio State University and has authored 12 US patents and 7 journal publications.
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.
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.