Master of Science @
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Actively Seeking New Opportunities.
I am an innovative and dedicated engineer with experience in product development for a range of product chemistry types. I am passionate about managing and performing experimental research projects that apply materials science and chemistry to invent, evaluate, and optimize chemical technologies to meet customer needs and expectations. These technologies include adsorbents and
Actively Seeking New Opportunities.
I am an innovative and dedicated engineer with experience in product development for a range of product chemistry types. I am passionate about managing and performing experimental research projects that apply materials science and chemistry to invent, evaluate, and optimize chemical technologies to meet customer needs and expectations. These technologies include adsorbents and rubber / polymer composites. I am specialized in the use of material characterization methods, design of experiments, data analysis, and identification of structure-property relationships.
I have experience in startup companies and early-stage commercialization efforts including leading projects for process and formulation development, performing laboratory-scale synthesis, and process scale up.
As a team player I am engaged in leading technical development projects, training and mentoring junior employees, and participating in cross-functional efforts with sales, business development, and marketing. I am an effective communicator experienced in composing and delivering technical reports, presentations, peer-reviewed publications, and research grant proposals.
Senior Applications Chemist/Lab Manager @ Focus: Adsorbents technologies to remove metal contaminants from water and wastewater
• Planned, managed, and performed research projects to develop, evaluate, and optimize performance of 3 novel, unique product types that are currently the company’s top-selling products
• Managed and performed research to optimize metals-removal performance of established products including formulation and process enhancement, scale up, and the development of suitable application guidelines
• Collaborated on 2 joint business development projects (acted as company’s technical lead on 1) to create novel product forms and applications by providing expertise and designing lab-scale studies
• Managed laboratory operations and provided technical leadership to a chemist, technician, and intern to deliver results on time and within budget while ensuring appropriate safety and environmental practices
• Supported sales efforts by managing and conducting a testing program on greater than 100 field samples including design of application parameters, analysis and interpretation of data, and composing reports
• Provided technical support for sales and field trials including on-site support at industrial customer locations
• Responsible for quality control and quality assurance testing of all finished products and raw materials From September 2012 to September 2015 (3 years 1 month) Postdoctoral Researcher - Polymer Science @ Advisor: Prof. Judit E. Puskas Departments of Polymer Science and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Research Focus: Rubber / composite biomaterials, nanotexturing, and drug delivery for biomedical devices
• Technical lead on a multi-disciplinary project with medical collaborators to develop a novel thermoplastic elastomer biomaterial alternative to silicone rubber for use in breast implants and tissue expanders; part of a project that was recognized as 1 of 5 recipients of GE’s “Healthymagination” Cancer Challenge
• Advised and mentored students and supervised operations as laboratory manager interfacing with University officials to ensure a safe and efficient research environment and adherence to all University policies
• Researched formulations and processing methods to create a carbon-rubber compound with a 120% improvement in tensile strength over the neat polymer and approximating the properties of silicone rubber
• Developed and demonstrated methods to electrospin a drug-eluting nanofiber layer onto implantable devices
• Aided in transfer of intellectual property to commercial partners (Austin Venture Partners) while planning and executing process scale up and prototype development activities for Arbomatrix, LLC
• Drafted, prepared, and submitted both academic and small business research grant proposals From July 2010 to September 2012 (2 years 3 months) Graduate Research Assistant @ Research adviser: Dr. Richard I. Masel
Ph.D. Dissertation: “Adsorption Behavior of Volatile Organic Compounds in Metal-Organic Frameworks”
M.S. Thesis: “The Synthesis and Characterization of Mesoporous Silica Thin Films and a Performance Study of a Microfabricated Gas Chromatography Column”
• Developed and applied methods to probe adsorption of a range of organic vapors (VOCs) onto the surfaces of numerous Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and formulated predictive structure property relationships
• Succeeded as part of a multidisciplinary team to meet deliverables and milestones of a multimillion dollar DARPA project designed to develop a complete, micro-scaled gas chromatograph for defense applications
• Explored and developed methods to incorporate of micro- and mesoporous materials into microdevices including mesoporous silica thin films and novel Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs)
• Evaluated adsorbent materials with a range of analytical methods including: Temperature-Programmed Desorption (TPD), Inverse-Gas Chromatography (IGC), X-ray Diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption (BET and Langmuir isotherms), Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) From 2004 to 2010 (6 years) Urbana-Champaign, Illinois AreaUndergraduate Researcher @ Coded and performed MATLAB-based simulations for catalyst layer design of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
Optimized polarization with respect to porosity and composition of the membrane From August 2003 to May 2004 (10 months)
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign From 2007 to 2010 Master of Science, Chemical Engineering @ University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign From 2004 to 2007 Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering @ Illinois Institute of Technology From 2000 to 2004 Matthew Luebbers is skilled in: Powder X-ray Diffraction, Characterization, Materials Science, Polymers, Polymer Science, TGA, Chromatography, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Biomaterials, TEM, Thin Films, SEM, Rubber
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