Wildcatalyst Seminar - Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups: ChromaNanoTech

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Join us for the first Wildcatalyst Seminar of the academic year!

Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups: ChromaNanoTech, LLC

Our Speakers:

Dr. Wayne Jones, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences;
Co-founder, ChromaNanoTech, LLC

Dr. William Bernier, Ph.D.
Co-founder and CEO, ChromaNanoTech, LLC


Thursday, September 28th
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Networking with free beer
and refreshments
from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


UNHI Co-working Space
21 Madbury Road, Durham, NH
Attendees can enter through the entrance closest to the Pettee Brook parking lot and follow the signs to the event.
All are welcome, but attendees must be 21+ to partake in the alcoholic beverages.

About September's Seminar:

We could think of no one better to kick off the first seminar in our series "Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups" than UNH's own Dr. Wayne Jones, Jr., Dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. In 2015, Dr. Jones co-founded ChromaNanoTech, LLC, a start-up company producing optical nanomaterials patented from his university research lab for use in energy, biomedical, and defense related applications. Dr. Jones will be joined by his co-founder Dr. William Bernier, ChromaNanoTech's CEO and a 35-year industry veteran. Together they will talk about how their business venture took shape, and discuss the challenges they faced/lessons they learned while launching a successful business, specifically one based on university research-born intellectual property.

Topics include:

  • Venture and grant funding
  • Customer research
  • Faculty founder lessons learned
  • Finding the right co-founder/business partner
  • Commercializing university IP (from the perspective of both the licensee and the licensor)
  • And more!

Who should attend:

  • Anyone interested in start-ups, early stage ventures, or curious how to convert an idea into something real
  • Anyone interested in innovation and UNH research
  • Industry professionals
  • Students, faculty, and staff
  • Seasoned business leaders who would like to meet the next generation of business leaders
  • The entire NH community interested in supporting, promoting, and encouraging new companies to start and stay in NH

The official Twitter hashtag for this event is #Wildcatalyst.

Our Speakers:

Dr. Wayne Jones, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Jones is Dean of the UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Co-founder of ChromaNanoTech, LLC. Prior to joining UNH in 2017, Jones was professor and chair in the Department of Chemistry at Binghamton University, State University of New York. At Binghamton he served in numerous leadership roles including founding director of Center for Learning and Teaching and interim dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences. He led the transdisciplinary area of excellence initiative in Smart Energy. In addition to running the Center for Learning and Teaching from 1996-2008, he established the Go Green Institute in 2008 to encourage middle school students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Jones is the recipient of several teaching awards, including the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2001, and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Educational Technology Systems

An inorganic chemist and materials scientist, Jones earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from St. Michael’s College and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed post-doctoral work at the University of Texas at Austin before joining the faculty at Binghamton in 1993. His research involves the study of photo-induced electron and energy transfer processes in inorganic and polymer systems with specific research interests in polymer sensors, photovoltaics and electronic nanomaterials. He received the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative activities in 2017.

Jones has authored more than 140 publications and articles, holds four patents and was selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2010. His work has been supported by over $11 million in federal research grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense and industrial partners. In 2015 he co-founded Chromananotech LLC, a startup company producing optical nanomaterials patented from his university research lab for use in energy, biomedical and defense related applications.

Dr. William Bernier, Ph.D.

Dr. Bernier is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ChromaNanoTech. He has 34 years of industrial experience with technical and management positions in materials and process development, qualification and manufacturing involving nanotechnology. Dr. Bernier has a PhD in Chemistry, MBA certificate in project management from George Washington University, and Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute.

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Event Location:

UNHInnovation Co-working Space located at 21 Madbury Road, Durham, NH. Attendees can enter through the entrance closest to the Pettee Brook parking lot (see the image below) and follow the signs to the event.

Attendees may park along Madbury Road, Pettee Brook Lane, and Main Street. Parking is metered until 6:00 PM and is strictly enforced. The first hour is free in many lots, HOWEVER, please make sure a ticket is displayed in your vehicle before leaving.

For additional parking guidelines, please visit the UNH Parking website.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Wildcatalyst Seminar Series: Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups

The Wildcatalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly during the academic year, is open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the innovations of today represent the essential products and services for tomorrow’s needs.

This year’s Wildcatalyst Seminar Series theme is “Launching (Research-Based) Start-Ups.” Our aim is to demystify the start-up process and explore the opportunities, challenges, and pitfalls of launching a business by hearing about real-life successes and failures straight from the innovators and entrepreneurs.

While the general topics will be universal to all entrepreneurial-minded individuals, there will be an emphasis on starting a business around university research-born innovations and we are excited to explore this intersection of entrepreneurship and research. Each seminar will be led by experienced dreamers and problem solvers who have successfully launched businesses based on university-owned intellectual property, including the researchers who develop the IP and their industry partners who bring it to market.

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