Daniel P. Sanders received a Bachelor's degree in Polymer Science and Engineering (1996) and Master's degree in Macromolecular Science (1999) from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH). Later, he received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) for his work in the research lab of Prof. Robert H. Grubbs on the transition metal-catalyzed synthesis of fluoropolymers for use as 157 nm photoresists and the synthesis of trisubstituted olefins via ruthenium-catalyzed olefin cross-metathesis.
In December 2004, he joined IBM Research - Almaden as a Research Staff Member. While at IBM, his research has focused on the development of advanced patterning materials for 193 nm immersion lithography, novel materials and integration strategies for the directed self-assembly (DSA) of block copolymers (BCPs), and greener synthetic routes for the preparation functionalized cyclic carbonates and polycabonates. In January 2012, he became the manager of Lithography Materials group. In January 2015, he also took over management of the Hybrid Polymeric Materials group.
During his career, Dr. Sanders has authored more than 45 technical papers in various scientific journals, conference proceedings, and trade magazines. In addition, he has been awarded 44 US patents, resulting in his being named a Master Inventor by IBM Research in 2010. He is currently an associate editor for the Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS.