Professor Rich Masel is Dioxide Materials' Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Rich Retired from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University Of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in June 2010 after being on the faculty for 32 years. He has a distinguished publication record with over 250 peer reviewed journal publications, 400 conference papers, two textbooks, 22 issued patents and has multiple patents pending. With over 10,000 citation to his work and an h index over 50, Rich is listed by Science Watch as one of the most cited in engineering. Rich has received numerous awards including the Process Development Award from the AIChE and the Solid State Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society.

Prior to founding Dioxide Materials, Rich helped found Tekion, a developer of fuel cells for portable electronics and Cbana Laboratories a homeland security company. Both are now independent companies with professional management. From 1996-1999 Rich was CEO of Masel Industries launching hundreds of new products and leading to the acquisition of Masel Industries by a major customer.

Rich has a proven track record of raising funds to execute product development strategies. Together, Tekion and Cbana raised approximately $5,000,000 of grant money and about $30,000,000 of VC and Angel investment. Rich also raised over $28,000,000 of grant support in his research career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Rich's Publication List Can Be Found Here

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