I lead a department of wildly innovative chemists and materials scientists here at IBM Almaden. We focus primarily on designing, building and understanding materials for high performance applications. Our approach to innovation is to combine experiment with computation--we see this as highly accelerating the creation process. We work on enabling IBM's core technology through materials innovation. Our work on lithography materials and low-k dielectric materials and processes typifies this focus.
We have come to the realization that the skills gained through these pursuits can be leveraged to build materials for applications way beyond electronics. We began to focus on IBM's Smarter Planet inititative about 6 years ago specifically in the areas of water, the environment, healthcare and energy. We have current research projects ranging from membranes for low energy desalination, antimicrobial surfaces to battle against infectious diseases, new catalytic processes for the creation and/or the recycling of high performance materials. This great range of projects and applications are formed through a foundation of fundamental materials chemistry. A very exciting place to work!
A particular focus of mine is collaboration. We collaborate broadly with a focus on materials innovation leading to big opportunities.