The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials
Commercialization Center recently announced that its board of directors
appointed Paul Share, Ph.D. as the chair of its technical advisory committee
(TAC) which is comprised of leading experts in nanotechnology from universities,
federal laboratories and small and large companies. The TAC reviews all proposals
submitted to the Center for funding and recommends to its board the most promising
projects that meet the Center's mission.
Dr. Share is a research scientist at the Valspar Corporation, one of the largest
global coatings manufacturers in the world with production facilities in Pittsburgh
and more than 9,500 employees in 25 countries. He is responsible for identifying
and developing nanomaterials, especially as they relate to barriers technologies
for bottle and film applications. Dr. Share earned his bachelor of science degree
in chemistry from the University of Chicago and his doctoral degree in chemistry
from the University of California at Berkeley. He held postdoctoral positions
at both the Max Planck Institut in Munich, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania's
department of chemistry.
The Center also hired Leone Hermans-Blackburn as research commercialization
project manager, where her responsibilities will include identifying investment-worthy
companies whose nanomaterials and technologies are in the commercialization
stage and assisting them in product and market development.
Hermans-Blackburn previously served as manager of research and development
at Cohera Medical Inc., where she managed the team that developed polyurethane-based
tissue adhesives and corresponding applicators for deep wound applications.
She also previously was employed at Bayer MaterialScience, where she acted as
project leader for new product development coating technologies, as well as
for the company's high throughput testing group. She also served as Bayer MaterialScience's
NAFTA representative for developing nanotechnology in coatings.
Hermans-Blackburn earned her bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the
University of Capetown, South Africa. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees
in physical inorganic chemistry from the State University of New York. She performed
postdoctoral research at Carnegie Mellon University's department of chemical
engineering, and she received a master's of business administration certificate
from the University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business. She authored several
technical articles and publications and has filed several patents that are pending.
The Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center also recently received
$500,000 through the Pennsylvania Ben Franklin Technology Partnership's university
research grant program to support the state's advanced materials and energy
research and commercialization initiative. The objective of this initiative
is to advance Pennsylvania's strengths in materials research and manufacturing,
to help grow new and existing companies in the energy sector and to enable energy
research collaborations among industry and university partners.
The mission of the Pennsylvania NanoMaterials Commercialization Center is to
promote and support the commercialization of nanomaterials research for new
and enhanced products critical to the U.S. economy and manufacturing base. The
Center builds upon Pennsylvania's excellence in advanced materials research,
development and manufacturing, and it acts as a new model for a public-private
partnership among government, universities, entrepreneurs, small and large companies
to accelerate the transition of nanomaterials from invention to new products