|Born||April 9, 1966|
|Occupation||Associate Professor at Brigham Young University|
Matthew R. Linford (born April 9, 1966) is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (Provo, Utah) since September 2006. His lab is devoted towards synthesizing hydrophobic surfaces, diamond stationary phases for liquid chromatography and microfabricated TLC plates.
He has a core expertise in surface modification and characterization. In particular, he has experience in studying organic thin films (monolayer and polymer), modifying silicon, diamond, silicon oxide, gold, and polymers, surface patterning, surface organic chemistry, thin-film deposition with silanes, alkenes, thiols, and by sputtering. In his group they also undertake liquid chromatography (HPLC and TLC) and solid phase extraction (SPE), develop hydrophobic coatings for various materials, study materials for optical data storage, and perform surface analysis by XPS, ToF-SIMS, wetting, optical ellipsometry, and FTIR. His lab also perform chemometrics of mass spec data (PCA, MCR, cluster analysis, and PLS).
Accomplishments during this tenure
In BYU he received BYU Technology Transfer Award on August 25, 2009 at the annual BYU university conference. He was invited (and first) speaker at the Nagasaki Syposium on Nano-Dynamics 2009, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. His work on polymer growth on silicon appeared on the cover of Macromolecular Rapid Communications in 2008. He was named as ‘Member of the Editorial Board’ (MEB) of the journal: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters (NNL) 2008. He was a Co-PI on a $1,000,000 grant from NSF, 2007. His work has been acknowledged in many journals such as his work on thin layer chromatography was written up in LCGC, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 386, 2011 in an article entitled: “Self-Assembled Nanomaterials for Enhanced Chemical Separations” by Stephanie A. Archer-Artmann and Lisa A. Holland as guest authors for Ronald E. Majors. His chromatography work was mentioned in LCGC, Vol. 28, No. 9, p. 774, 2010 in an article entitled: “Highlights of HPLC 2010” by Ronald E. Majors. His work on Protein Microarrays appeared in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (2007) and he published two papers in Chemistry of Materials in 2007: Chemistry of Materials 2007; 19, 1671–1678 and Chemistry of Materials 2007; 19, 5052-5054. He has published more than 136 times, which includes many patents and large number of research papers, peer-reviewed papers, conference proceedings, contribution to database, book chapters, etc.
He did his BS in chemistry from Brigham Young University in September 1990, followed by MS in material sciences and PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University in June 1996. He served as a Post-Doc in Max Plank Institute for colloid and surface sciences from July 1996 to June 1997. During his academic journey he has been multidisciplinary and worked on various topics ranging from supercritical fluid chromatography, formation of first alkyl monolayers on silicon using diacylperoxides, use synchrotron radiation to characterize monolayers on silicon, conceived of and performed gas-phase free-radical modification of alkyl monolayers, conceived of a new method for coating particles, studied the strong effect of ionic strength on surface dye extraction during dye-polymer multilayer formation, worked on growing semiconducting particles in polyelectrolyte multilayers, designed a cell to study the flow-induced orientation of polyelectrolytes on surfaces, described a mixing process using matrix algebra, synthesized and characterized films of novel polyelectrolytes, etc.
Service in industrial sector
He has served for few years in industrial sector and made many new advancements in the field of his research and earning profit for the company. While working as a senior scientist in Rohm and Haas Company (Bristol, Pennsylvania July 1997-June 1998) he developed an IR tool to do rapid screening of catalysts,designed and built a laser scanner for detecting defects on plastic sheet, which was to be used as a substrate for flat panel liquid crystal displays, and was an active member in bringing the latest technology into the company. He has worked as a senior scientist/consultant for Praelux, Inc. (Princeton / Lawrenceville, New Jersey; (November 1997 - February 1998, July 1998 - April 1999) and developed methods to immobilize single nucleotides and DNA oligomers onto surfaces, developed procedures to attach a nickel (NTA) chelator to glass cover slips to bind proteins with 6-his tags, developed novel methods to immobilize amines onto surfaces, performed surface patterning using microcontact printing, worked on bioconjugation of a protein to glass microspheres, etc.
He has served as a director of research for NanoTex, LLC. (Emeryville, California; April 1999 – July 2000, consultant intermittently between August 2000 and February 2006) and developed the product “Nano-Dry” to make nylon and polyester hydrophilic. This product increases the comfort of fabrics and clothing, and is currently being marketed throughout the United States. (Tiger Woods is shown in the October, 2003 issue of Golf Digest wearing a pair of pants that have this finish on them – Nano-Dry had become part of the Nike golf collection. He has been an inventor on 10 patents from work with Nano-Tex. He designed and synthesized numerous polymers (mostly free radical polymerizations of acrylates and methacrylates) and formulated with polymers, surfactants, wetting agents, defoaming agents, etc.
Founder of many companies
He has been a founder of several companies:
1) Laser Array Technologies (Provo, Utah; January 2006 – present)which develops novel laser patterning of surfaces to make bioarrays.
2) Millenniata Inc. (Springville, Utah; July 2007 – present). As of November 2009, Millenniata had approximately 35 employees, a bricks-and-mortar site, and had raised approximately $12 million. He has also served on the board of Millenniata from June 2007 – April 2010. It also had a manufacturing partner in Salt Lake City with more than $2 million of equipment dedicated for Millenniata production, in addition to a partner in Prague with more than $1MM of equipment dedicated for Millenniata production. It has been awarded “Most Innovative Product” on December 10, 2009, an annual award given by the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum. Millenniata was a finalist at the Utah Innovation Awards on April 30, 2009 in the category of Computer Hardward/Electrical Devices. It won the “Best of State” award in the state of Utah in 2009 and 2008 in “Science & Tech” in the category of “Computer Related Services”, Its “Center of Excellence” proposal was funded in 2008 by the state of Utah for $85,000. Millenniata gained worldwide recognition through several articles such as; Article/press release on Millenniata appeared at: i) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Only-Millenniata-Archival-bw-2240275033.html?x=0&.v=1, ii) http://www.forbes.com/feeds/businesswire/2010/03/01/businesswire136050235.html iii) http://www.pr-inside.com/only-millenniata-archival-disc-stands-r1747895.htm, iv) http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20100301005622&newsLang=en.
Article on his role in founding Millenniata appeared in January 2010 at http://cpms.byu.edu/news/chemistry-professor-helps-develop-nextgeneration-data-disc. Article on Millenniata entitled: “Blue Ocean Strategy Why Smart Entrepreneurs Choose Killer Ideas to Start Booming Businesses” by Robert Stevens, CEO of WriteExpress Corporation appeared December 11, 2009 (http://www.robertstevens.org/BlueOceanProducts.html).Article on Millenniata entitled: “Utah firm says new storage discs have high longevity” appeared in the Deseret News, Wednesday, November 25, 2009 (pp. A14 – A15), “Bit rot: The new problem threatening companies’archives” appeared at DocuCrunch October 6, 2009 (http://www.docucrunch.com/bit-rot-the-new-problem-threatening-companies-archives#more-1854), “Millennial disc guarantees data preservation” appeared in the Daily Universe, Tuesday, September 15, 2009 (http://universe.byu.edu/node/1859), “BYU professors lead research for new Millenniata disk” appeared July 17, 2009 at abc4 news. (http://www.abc4.com/content/news/slc/story/BYU-professors-lead-research-for-new-Millenniata/xPFkX_ANf0O1fzfbtRyXkA.cspx). Article on Millenniata appeared in the Orem Daily Herald July 16, 2009. (http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/article_b25c9a30-7242-11de-9feb-001cc4c03286.html) and in The Daily University, April 13, 2009 “Research explores long-term disc storage”.
3) Xeromax, Inc. (Provo, Utah; January 2009 – 12/11). In 2009 Xeromax receives “Outstanding Product” award at the Global Moot Corp competition – regarded as the “super bowl of university business plan competitions.” at the University of Texas – Austin. In 2009 it also receives First Place BYU Business Plan Competition and Second Place at the Wake Forest Elevator Pitch Competition (national business plan competition). Xeromax was mentioned on p. 61 of the Spring 2010 “BYU Magazine” (team members mentioned in the article were: Chris E. Bryant, CEO, Jonathan Ward (COO), Matthew R. Linford, and Gaurav Saini).
Service in academia
He has served as an Assistant Professor in Brigham Young University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,(Provo, Utah; July 2000 – August 2006). During this tenure he has published 23 peer-reviewed papers, 2 conference proceedings, 1 book chapter, 7 peer-reviewed contributions to spectral data bases, and 11 patents. His work was highlighted on the cover of Synthetic Metals (2006; 156 (14-15); 932-937). Review of his work appeared in Accounts of Chemical Research (2005; 38(12) 933-942). Work on silicon surface chemistry was highlighted in a half-page article in Chemical and Engineering News (pg 10, March 21, 2005). Work on silicon surface chemistry was highlighted in a two-page article in Chemical and Engineering News (pgs 34-35, December 1, 2003). His work was also highlighted on the cover of Langmuir (February 18, 2003 issue).
- U.S. Public Records Index Vol 2 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.