Mark A. Banash, Ph.D.
Vice-President, Chief Scientist
Mark is responsible for addressing one of NTI's greatest challenges with its carbon nanomaterials: Understand the fundamental science of how we make our carbon nanomaterials, identifying and proving the links between their unique nanoscale features and the performance of end products, and delploying that knowledge and skill to both grow and optimize our production processes as well as enable and support product development and technical service. Mark's work spans basic chemistry to statistical process control to finished product testing in scope.
Prior to Nanocomp, Mark was the director for production and quality for the company's nanomaterial products for Zyvex Corporation, where he managed manufacturing operations and initiated the industry's first supply chain certification process to qualify carbon nanotubes. Mark also led the firm to ISO:9001 registration and created its quality management system. Mark was also an R&D scientist at Millennium Chemicals and EniChem Americas, developing products that ranged from new types of optical glass to protective ceramic films.
Mark holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland University College, and a B.A. with honors in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an adjunct faculty member in operations and technology management at the University of Maryland, University College. Mark is a frequent speaker on the safe and ethical uses of nanotechnology and actively participates with the National Nanotechnology Initiative's environmental, health, and safety programs. He is a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Technical Advisory Group on the measurement of nanomaterials. He is also a member of the American Society for Quality and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.