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Dr. Xinjie (Jeff) Zhang
President & CEO, Co-Founder
Dr. Zhang co-founded Novarials Corporation in 2010, and serves as its President since then. Dr. Zhang
is a top industry expert on one-dimensional (1D) nanomaterials and an energetic entrepreneur. He has
more than twenty years of industry research and development experience on nanomaterials, and a
proven track record in commercializing new technologies. He was a group co-leader at SINOPEC
Research Institute of Petroleum Processing in Beijing from 1992 to 1996. The work during this period
led to eight issued patents. Jinlong Chemical Co., Ltd., one of the largest gamma-butyrolactone series
manufacturing plants in China, was built in 1996 to commercialize the patented technology. Dr. Zhang
also co-led the pilot production of the catalyst and the starting work of the commercial plant. Dr. Zhang
was awarded the “Scientific and Technical Progress Award” in 1996, a ministerial award in recognition for
this significant contribution to scientific and technological progress to China chemical and petroleum
industry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Zhang worked in DOE Pacific Northwestern National Laboratory (PNNL)
on developing novel solid acid catalysts and a new process for the conversion of sorbitol to isosorbide.
This work led to three issued US patents, and the developed technology was licensed by Battelle to Iowa
Corn Promotion Board in 2005. From 2003 to 2010, Dr. Zhang was a leading scientist on carbon
nanotube growth in Hyperion Catalysis International - the world leader of carbon nanotube
commercialization. He was one of the two scientists who first grew single-walled carbon nanotube forest
back in 2004, and he also held two more groundbreaking breakthroughs on nanotube growths. Dr.
Zhang is the inventor of 12 issued and 3 pending patents. His recent focus is on the preparation,
processing, application, and commercialization of one-dimensional nanomaterials. Under his leadership,
Novarials is commercializing over two dozens of inorganic nanowires and three nanowire membrane
platform technologies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 1999 at Peking University.

Dr. David Spencer
Business Mentor and Advisor
Dr. Spencer is the business mentor of Dr. Zhang. He applies his successful company operation expertise
and business wisdom to direct the Company to move fast on the right track. Dr. Spencer founded wTe
Corporation in 1981 and served as its president until 2002. He led the company’s entry into the waste-
to-energy field in the 1980s, and later guided wTe into the recycling business. Today, David is the
architect and leader of two new technology ventures for the company: Spectramet LLC and Melt
Cognition LLC. Both ventures are pioneering new methodologies for high-value metals identification and
sortation. Prior to founding wTe Corporation, he was employed by Raytheon and part of a team of three
that founded that company’s waste-to-energy business. Dr. Spencer was elected as a National Academy
of Engineering (NAE) Member for his invention and entrepreneurship in materials manufacturing and
recycling in 2014. Dr. Spencer holds a Sc.D. degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
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About Us - Our Team        
Management Team
Advisory Board
Dr. Merton Flemings
Dr. Flemings is Toyota Professor Emeritus of Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT,
and is a materials guru renowned among materials societies worldwide. Dr. Flemings established the
Materials Processing Center at MIT in 1979 and served as the first director from 1979 to 1982.  He
served as head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering from 1982 to 1995 and was
then the faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, which recognizes inventors, encourages
sustainable development for real world problems, and inspires youth to pursue creative lives and
careers. Dr. Flemings is author or co-author of 335 papers, 31 patents and two books in the fields of
solidification science and engineering, foundry technology, and materials processing. Dr. Flemings has
received numerous medals, awards and distinctions. In 2002, two endowed chairs were established in
his name at MIT. He also has been elected to many professional memberships including Member of the
National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Flemings received his S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in Metallurgy
from MIT.

Dr. David Spencer (see Business Mentor)

Dr. Anthony E. Allegrezza
Dr. Allegrezza has thirty six years R&D experience in membrane industry with Millipore, Koch Membrane
Systems, and Albany International. While with these firms he conducted R&D as a senior scientist and as
a group manager on composite reverse osmosis membranes, ultrafiltration membranes, including the
development a new form of ultrafiltration membrane (composite UF) for the biotech industry, and
conducted research on a variety of other membrane products. This work involved development of
manufacturing processes to control membrane properties, and methods of structure and property
characterization. He has several US Patents in the field. He received the Jack Bush award, Millipore’s
highest technical award for his distinguished technical achievements in the development of composite
ultrafiltration membranes for virus removal in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, which has resulted in
tens of millions dollars in sales to Millipore and is still being sold. Dr. Allegrezza was Treasurer and a
member of the Board of Directors of the North American Membrane Society for nine years. He served a
member of the Industrial Advisory Board of the Membrane Applied Science and Technology at the
University of Colorado and New Jersey Institute of Technology for seven years, serving as Chair for two
years. Dr. Allegrezza has been a registered US Patent Agent since 1997 and has drafted patent
applications for a wide variety of technical fields as well as Patent Office Action responses. Dr. Allegrezza
holds a Doctor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Mr. Paul Mikkola
Mr. Mikkola served as President of Metal Casting Technology Inc., a subsidiary of Hitchiner Manufacturing
Co., Inc. since December 2001. Mr. Mikkola joined Hitchiner in October 1998 as Executive Vice President
of Operations. Mr. Mikkola worked for 31 years at General Motors Corporation in manufacturing, as
Technical Director of casting operations and as Director, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering for GM's
largest division, GM Powertrain. During the time as President of Metal Casting Technology Inc, he
negotiated with licensees worldwide of a number of patents and manufacturing technologies. Mr. Mikkola
has received various professional honors: AFS Gold Medal in 2000, named to Foundry Management &
Technology Hall of Honor in 1999, Fellow of ASM International in 1990. Mr. Mikkola holds a M.S. degree in
Metallurgical Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Stuart Uram
Dr. Uram, a ceramic expert, founded Certech in 1970, a producer of complex and highly technical ceramic
products predominantly for aerospace and industrial turbine applications. Certech grew to the largest
independent ceramic core company in the world prior to its sale. Dr. Uram sold Certech in 1994, which is
currently owned by Morgan Technical Ceramics. Dr. Uram has been a Senior Consultant to Carpenter
Technology, Inc. since 1997. Dr. Uram is recognized as a premier ceramic engineer and entrepreneur in
the industry and holds numerous patents in the field. Dr. Uram holds S.B., S.M. and Sc.D. degrees in
Metallurgy from MIT.