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Our Team

President
Dr. Robin V. Ihnfeldt

GE&R was founded in 2009 by Dr. Robin Ihnfeldt, which, to date, has been entirely self-funded through consulting, federal grants, and product sales. As the President and CEO of GE&R, Robin is responsible for the overall success of the company. She has been awarded >$2M in federal grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the Naval Research Laboratory. Her broad range of research and industry experience includes semiconductor manufacturing, medical device design and manufacturing, and pharmaceutical drug discovery and development, with expertise in electrochemistry, colloidal and materials science, and nano-engineering. Robin has a Ph.D. degree and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, Golden. Robin is a Licensed Patent Agent with United States Patent and Trademark Office, and currently handles all of GE&R’s intellectual property, as well as providing IP strategy and consulting services to outside corporations. Prior to founding GE&R, Robin spent several years as a development engineer for Micron Technologies, Inc., responsible for numerous process development projects in chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), physical vapor deposition (PVD), and plating. Robin has authored more than a dozen publications on nanomaterials and has several issued and pending US and international patent applications for novel nanomaterials.

Board of Advisors

 

Dr. Steven Oldenburg

Dr. Steven Oldenburg serves on GE&R’s Advisory Board, providing technical and business strategy advice as needed. Steven has over 20 years of nanotechnology experience beginning with his graduate work at Rice University where he discovered a method of fabricating gold nanoshells, a nanoscale composite material that consists of a spherical silica core surrounded by an ultra-thin shell of gold. The unique optical properties of this nanostructure led to the formation of Nanospectra Biosciences where the gold nanoshells are in clinical trials as a novel cancer therapy. After receiving his Ph.D. in Applied Physics he joined Seashell Technology where he was the principal investigator on over $4M of government grants investigating new applications of nanotechnology in fields ranging from defense to biotechnology. In 2004, Steven founded nanoComposix, an early stage R&D company focused on commercializing precisely manufactured and highly characterized nanoparticles for industrial and research markets. He is currently the CEO of nanoComposix, which has grown to more than 20 employees, and has raised >$10M in contract R&D on technologies that include nanofluids, infrared nanscale obscurants, environmental and human health nanotoxicology, and nanoparticle based matrices for MALDI MS. He has over 25 nanotechnology publications and 5 issued patents.

Professor Jan B. Talbot

Professor Jan B. Talbot is a member of GE&R’s Advisory Board. Professor Talbot has been at UC San Diego since 1986 and has been the head of the chemical engineering department since 2000. She was president of The Electrochemical Society from 2001-2002, and elected chair of the UCSD Academic Senate in 2003-2004. She has studied chemical mechanical planarization slurries for more than 15 years, with research funding awarded through IMPACT (Integration Modeling Process and Computation for Technology) a consortium of semiconductor company sponsored research designed to address the technical challenges of manufacturing at successively smaller nodes. Her current research activities include chemical mechanical polishing, display screen processing, electrophoretic deposition, electrodeposition, codeposition of nanocomposite films, synthesis of nanomaterials, colloidal interactions of nanodispersions, corrosion, materials science, and electrochemical transport phenomena and engineering. She has hundreds of publications related to nanomaterials and has co-authored over 30 publications specifically on the chemical mechanical planarization process.



GE&R Staff

Mary Nguyen, Ph.D
Post Doctoral Fellow, Translational Research

Mary joined GE&R in 2016. She is responsible for identifying, developing, and commercializing potential biological applications for GE&R products. Her expertise focuses on developing biomaterials and evaluating their applications in relevant disease models. She gained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Minnesota.

Xia Xu, Ph.D.
Development Engineer

Xia joined GE&R in 2016 as a development engineer. He is currently working on innovative cooling technologies for use in space, and is responsible for simulation, materials design, and device fabrication. Xia’s expertise prior to joining GE&R focused on rare-earth free permanent magnetic materials, and synthesis of magnetic nano-materials. Xia has authored more than 10 peer reviewed journal papers on magnetic materials and is named in 2 U.S. patents. Xia has a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama, and a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in Tianjin, China.