Nano-C’s Board of Directors
Nano-C’s Board is made up of 4 outside Directors along with our CEO. Our outside Directors represent an invaluable skill set, and includes successful industrialists, venture investors with significant expertise in corporate and patent law.
Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked for LaunchCapital, a venture capital firm with offices in New Haven, Cambridge and San Francisco. At Launch, Chris analyzed, evaluated and executed early-stage principal investments. Previously, Chris worked in New York as an Associate at Highbridge Principal Strategies, a multi-billion dollar private equity and mezzanine investment business within Highbridge Capital. He participated in due diligence, financial modeling and deal execution across various business sectors and types of transactions. Prior to business school, Chris worked in Wealth Management and Business Banking at UBS in New York.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of four of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, Nano-C, SmartKargo, and Synovia Solutions. He also currently serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis Partners’ portfolio companies: SQLstream, Streetline, and Zagster.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management, where he graduated with distinction in venture capital and private equity and a concentration in finance and principal investing. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, where he concentrated in history and wrote a magna cum laude thesis on disruptive technologies within the media and entertainment industry. Chris is a devoted outdoorsman and athlete with an interest in impact investing and sustainable ventures.
His research interests include the rational chemical syntheses of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes along with the synthesis and study of related organic compounds. He is actively engaged in synthesis and study of organic compounds and materials with unusual structures and properties: molecular bowls, baskets, belts, and related nonplanar geodesic polyarenes. Dr. Scott’s research area also included the thermal reactions of aromatic compounds.
He has published over 175 papers and been an invited speaker throughout the world on the rational synthesis of fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. Dr. Scott is currently working with Nano-C on the synthesis of a number of new fullerene derivatives for use in photovoltaics, polymer electronics and oxidative applications.
Dr. Swager’s research is broadly focused on supramolecular and materials chemistry. He is interested in a spectrum of topics with an emphasis on the synthesis and construction of functional assemblies. Molecular recognition pervades a great deal of his research. Chemosensors require recognition elements to discriminate chemical signals. Electronic polymers are one of the areas that his group is well known for having made many innovations. Dr. Swager’s group is constantly developing new electronic structures, properties, and uses for these materials. He and his group continue to be key contributors to the ISN. Dr. Swager is working with Nano-C in the area of dispersion of nanotubes in polymeric materials and is interested in applications such as actuators and transparent conducting films.
Dr. Vander Sande’s areas of expertise include observation of the structure of materials through the use of various forms of electron microscopy. His research seeks to establish the relation between the ways in which a material is processed and the structure and properties the material exhibits. He has been investigating carbonaceous material produced by combustion processes with an orientation toward correlating particle structure and composition with the particle source. He has investigated fullerene formation in flames and is currently working with Nano-C on characterization of single-walled nanotubes. In addition, Dr. Vander Sande has been involved in high temperature superconducting oxides first discovered in 1986. He is co-founder of American Superconductor Corporation of Westborough, MA.
He has served on many industry and scientific panels and is a former President of the American Chemical Society. He currently serves on the Boards of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, the NSF Science & Technology Center at the University of Washington, and the Nanoscience Center of Columbia University. He continues to consult with industry on improving the management of corporate research.