Ilias’ skills and broad engineering expertise lie in a wide range of technologies (nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing processes, solar and alternative energy, reaction engineering, electrochemistry, thin film coatings, surface science, fluid dynamics, statistics, data mining). He has been intimately involved with taking early phase development to production ramp; process development, process scale-up and transfer, and systematic yield and performance enhancement. Furthermore, he has working experience in the alternative energy manufacturing sector whether related to solar, battery or fuel cell. By being a chemical engineer, he straddles effectively the line between R&D and manufacturing.
He has managed several technology development and integration projects in the past 15 years at the University of Minnesota, Applied Materials, Solexant and Enervault.
He started his career focusing on data mining and statistics in fluid dynamics; investigating pattern recognition in chaotic turbulent flows, for his PhD in Chemical Engineering from UIUC, whether it was related to heat or mass transfer.
He served as Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota where he conducted research on nonNewtonian fluid rheology, interfacial engineering, coating manufacturing methods and tribology. He was the head of a team that taught short courses and consulted for a number of companies such as 3M, Imation, Dow, DuPont, Kodak, Polaroid, Potlatch, Fuji, and Toshiba on scale-up issues.
His experience of more than a decade at Applied Materials brings fundamental understanding and expertise not only on surface science but on a plethora of nano-manufacturing processes and especially semiconductor processes (CVD, PVD, Etch, RTP, Implant, CMP, ECP). As a program manager he developed products on yield enhancement from inception to customer deployment.
He has also directed a team of highly motivated engineers to set up a pilot facility for solar cell manufacturing at Solexant where he was responsible for the pilot line (process development for the pilot line and process transfer and scale-up from batch (R&D) to continuous roll to roll manufacturing).
More recently at Enervault (a flow battery startup) he lead the group tasked with the design of the pilot line electrochemical reactors (flow cells). The main focus was the cell design, process development, and scale-up from prototype (R&D) to large scale systems.