Dioxide Materials: Materials For Carbon Dioxide Sensing And Remediation


Rich Masel, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Rich Masel

Professor Rich Masel is Dioxide Materials' Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Rich Retired from the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the University Of Illinois, Urbana Champaign in June 2010 after being on the faculty for 32 years. He has a distinguished publication record with over 250 peer reviewed journal publications, 400 conference papers, two textbooks, 22 issued patents and has multiple patents pending. Rich has an h-index of 50 and is listed in HighlyCited as publishing papers that have had the most impact since 2000. A list of Rich's publications can be found here

Prior to founding Dioxide Materials, Rich helped found Tekion, a developer of fuel cells for portable electronics and Cbana Laboratories a homeland security company. Both are now independent companies with professional management. Both are now independent companies with professional management. Rich played a key role in each company in four ways: leading initial technology development; developing Fortune 500 partners; helping to hire management and fundraising. These two companies raised approximately $5 million of grant funding and about $30 million of VC and Angel financing. From 1996-1999 Rich was CEO of Masel Industries launching hundreds of new products and leading to the acquisition of Masel Industries by a major customer.

Mike Yoder, Operations Manager

Mike Yoder

Mike Yoder serves as Operations Manager. He has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing and operations management. Most recently he managed manufacturing operations for iCyt Mission Technology-a biotechnology company that designs and manufactures high end cell analysis and sorting instrumentation. He has experience working on multiple products from initial design and prototyping to commercial release and production, including sophisticated research and analysis instruments.

Maria Gainer, Business Development Specialist

Maria Gainer

Maria Gainer serves as New Business Development Specialist in Florida and has over 25 years of sales, marketing and management experience. Most recently she managed a Sales Acquisition team for a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North, Central and South America. She developed highly effective sales programs and led the sales team in negotiating multi-million dollar sales volumes with record results for the company year after year. She has experience working with various industries with a proven ability to lead organizations and grow new markets.

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