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We are innovators. We pride ourselves on being creative thinkers and coming up with new approaches that were previously not thought possible. This way of thinking is applied to advanced chemistry and used to enhance product surfaces. The result is genuinely unique solutions.

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our team

We are innovators. We pride ourselves on being creative thinkers and coming up with new approaches that were previously not thought possible. This way of thinking is applied to advanced chemistry and used to enhance product surfaces. The result is genuinely unique solutions.

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Deckard Sorensen

CEO & Co-Founder

Deckard oversees the company’s product development, operational finance, and business & strategic growth strategy. He has a leadership role in transforming innovative ideas into commercialized products. In 2015, Deckard was named a Forbes 30 under 30 and previously was named a 25 under 25 by Boston.com. Deckard received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Boston College.

Miguel Galvez

President & Co-founder

Miguel is responsible for exploring advanced innovations, new market segments and strategic partnerships. Prior to founding NBD Nano, Miguel worked as an associate at Techstars, an early stage seed fund and startup accelerator. Miguel holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Boston College.

Perry L. Catchings Sr.

Chief Operating Officer

Perry is responsible for the company’s chemical operations, compliance and manufacturing. Prior to joining NBD Nano, Perry held senior management positions at Prime Organics, Polaroid Corporation, and Functional Pharmaceuticals. Perry holds a BS in Chemistry from Jackson State University, MS in Organic Chemistry from Atlanta University and MBA from Northeastern University.

Peter Shepard

Senior Vice President of Business Development

Peter leads NBD's Business Development efforts. With over 30 years of senior management experience in the specialty chemical and polymer industries at companies such as Aramco, Cabot Corporation, Novomer, and Nylon Corporation of America, Peter brings a broad industry background and network to NBD. Peter earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Babson College.

Nina Smith

Vice President of Global Sales

Nina is responsible for managing all sales activities. Prior to joining NBD, she held numerous sales and business development roles with Silicon Valley companies bringing them from start-up to established growth. Nina holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Toledo.

Fouad Salhi, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research & Development

Fouad leads the research and development efforts for NBD. He directs the R&D teams with budget approvals, scheduling, and deadline management. Additionally, he is working with the sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing — to bring new products from the research and development side to market. Fouad holds a PhD in Polymer Science from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in collaboration with the French Atomic Center. He worked for multiple worldwide corporations—ICI (Imperial Chemical Indus., UK Wilton Ctr) to develop next nanocomposites generation for touch screen applications, ICI (National Starch & Chemical) R&D US HQ and lastly, Henkel to develop adhesive materials for electronics and automotive applications. He published numerous patents and publications in the polymer/nanotechnology fields.

Bong June Zhang, Ph.D.

Vice President of Innovation

Dr. Zhang leads the company’s new product research and development efforts that develop highly unique formulations and novel coatings and additives. He has been published extensively and holds several material patents. Bong June holds a BS/MS in Chemistry from Korea University and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of Nevada- Reno.

Parfait Jean Marie Likibi, Ph.D.

Vice President of Product Management

Dr. Parfait Jean Marie Likibi is the Vice President of Product Management bridging markets’ realities to the team's innovative talents. With experience and achievements in the specialty chemicals and polymers industries, Dr Likibi brings a unique perspective having toggled between roles in Marketing and R&D at GE Plastics and Sun Chemical, Henkel Adhesives and Silberline. He is the former Chief Technology Officer at Silberline. Parfait holds a Ph.D. in physical Organic Chemistry from Southern Illinois University (SIU Carbondale) and a BS in Chemical Engineering from L’Institut National Superieur de Chimie Industrielle de Rouen (France). Dr. Likibi is the author and co-author of more than 20 patents.

Hui Hu, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Dr. Hu develops new formulations for the advanced coatings solutions. Prior to joining NBD Nano, Hui worked as a Postdoctoral at ORNL and held Senior Scientist positions at Selah Technologies, Chase Corporation and Netzsch Instruments. Hui hold a B.A. and M.S. from Fudan University, and a Ph.D from University of Kentucky.

Michael Martinez

Senior Process Chemist

Mr. Martinez is the company’s Sr. Process Chemist bridging research and development with commercial production. He has seven US patents in polymer chemistry and holds a BS in Chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University with graduate studies in polymer chemistry at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kevin Kinneman

Chemical Engineer

Kevin is responsible for product testing and validation as well as developing application methodologies. Kevin plays a key role preparing material samples for customers. Prior to joining NBD Nano, Kevin held co-op positions at Cabot Corporation and GVD Corporation. Kevin holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University.

Nikhil Puranik

R&D Engineer

Nikhil is a Reasearch and Development Engineer responsible for manufacturing and characterizing products, development of new synthetic routes, and troubleshooting of manufacturing issues. Nikhil has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University in India and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

Jonathan Rosen, Ph.D.

Exec Director Life Sciences

Dr. Rosen is responsible for the energy and biomedical markets. Prior to joining NBD Nano, Jonathan founded several biomedical startup companies and is an Adjunct Professor at Boston University. Jonathan holds a BSE, MS Materials Science from the University of Michigan, MBA from Columbia and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Case Western Reserve University.

Byron Hu

Operations Manager - Asia

Byron is the company's Operations Manager in Asia, acting as the liason between the US team and partners across Asia. He has been in China for the past 15 years assisting multiple companies with operations, logistics and manufacturing in Asia.

we have the innovation bug

The founding of our company was inspirited by properties found in nature. We took what mother nature created and adapted it to material sciences. This includes making innovative coatings, additives and adhesives that enhance product surfaces. Read our story and learn how we took properties from a beetle and applied it to everyday products.