Dr. John Carlisle, Chief Technical Officer, co-founded ADT in 2003 while he was a staff scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL).
Carlisle is a recognized leader in the world diamond community, and his work in recent years has spanned the basic-applied-commercial continuum.
While at ANL he worked on a number of technology development projects connected with the UNCD® thin film technology he co-developed at ANL, including establishing materials integration strategies relevant to the use of UNCD in MEMS devices, the use of UNCD as a wear resistant low-friction coating for mechanical pump seals, and the development of low-temperature UNCD as a hermetic coating for a retinal prosthesis, all of this work continuing in ADT.
He is also a co-recipient of the prestigious R&D 100 award in 2003 for the development of large-area plasma systems for the deposition of UNCD.
In the process of founding ADT he developed a larger interest in the debate over the role of scientists in the commercialization of technologies born of their research, and the technology transfer plan developed for ADT based on his efforts has been recognized by the Department of Energy as a model for future tech transfer activities at national labs.
His recent basic research interests have focused on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured carbon materials, including nanodiamond thin films, carbon nanotubes, and hybrids of these materials.
Previously he conducted seminal work in the area of surface physics and synchrotron radiation characterization of surface and thin film material systems.
Dr. Carlisle has published about 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, given numerous invited lectures at international conference, and has one issued patent and several others under review.