Dickinson specializes in the design and fabrication of materials that are rationally architected at the nanoscale and microscale to impart novel properties and functionality. Our scientists employ proprietary technologies to synthesize ultrafine building blocks and assemble them into highly-engineered architectures with molecular-scale precision. A material's architecture is designed and constructed for a specific application, analogous to how macrosopic structures would be designed and built for a specific purpose at larger scales. This approach enables Dickinson to synthesize materials with exciting new performance capabilities.
Materials make history—that's why the early epochs of human civilization are named after the materials of those ages. Today, materials science is poised to undergo another paradigm shift. Many conventional materials will be replaced in the coming decades by a new wave of metamaterials exhibiting properties that are alien by today's standards. Perhaps more than any other historical class of materials, these metamaterials will enable new solutions to many of the world's most pressing technological challenges. At Dickinson, we see this shift already underway in laboratories around the world, where researchers are now seeking to construct progressively larger, more sophisticated assemblies from nanoscale building blocks.
Dickinson is currently developing a new category of high-performance, specialty additives for improving the mechanical properties of polymer products such as adhesives, coatings, molded plastics, and composites. Formulators can utilize low loadings of Dickinson's easily-dispersed additives in both thermosetting and thermoplastic systems with minimal viscosity effects. More information is available upon request.
Mr. Dickinson, a mechanical engineer and graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, has over 40 years of solving problems and developing technologies for NASA, US Navy, and some of the world's largest oil and gas companies. A prolific inventor and creative thinker, he oversees the company's facilities and technical staff.
With over a decade of academic and industry experience in carbon nanomaterials, Dr. Thomas has spent the past 7 years developing and implementing Dickinson's materials technology, where he oversees process and product development. Since receiving his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his peer-reviewed nanomaterials research has generated nearly 3,000 citations.
Dr. Smith received his doctorate in Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from Georgetown University. As an accomplished materials scientist and an intellectual property attorney, Dr. Smith specializes in patent strategy, prosecution and litigation.