Nano Team

Peter H. Boyd, MBA

President & Founder


Peter is a proven business leader with experience in corporate and venture-funded start-ups, new product development, and corporate turnarounds. He is accomplished at developing strategic relationships and business development.   He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Columbia University.  Peter is an experienced blue-water yacht racing sailor and rarely passes up a chance to get out on the water.

Timoth W. Rost, M.S.



Tim is an experienced chemical engineer with a background in polymer processing. His career has included positions with increasing responsibilities at Monsanto, Raychem, Metrotech, L-3 Randtron and GE. He has led numerous technical product development and roll-outs.  He served as the PI for Nano’s early research projects at the Molecular Foundry, and Nano's research under its grant from the CEC.  Tim received his MS and BS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the University of West Florida.

Olivier J. Marie

Strategy & Planning Advisor


Olivier is our strategy advisor.  A former stratrgy partner at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture, he focuses on the the growth of our organization.  He is an avid outdoorsman and can often be seen in the hills of Berkeley on his bike.

Vladimir K. Dioumaev, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer


Vladimir is a scientist and inventor with over 15 years of operating experience in materials-centric technology start-ups of Silicon Valley, introducing disruptive technologies to mature markets. His previous roles encompass R&D, process engineering, pilot manufacturing, building partnerships and leading collaborative projects with large international companies. Applying knowledge of chemistry and materials science, Vladimir developed new manufacturing approaches to Li-ion batteries, semiconductors, photovoltaic devices, thin film manufacturing, and advanced ceramic and pre-ceramic materials for printed electronics. Vladimir holds an M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. degree in organometallic catalysis and polymer chemistry from McGill University.

Sebnem Inceoglu Yilmaz, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist


Sebnem has experience in the synthesis and characterization of polymers useful to sustainable alternative energy applications. She received her Ph.D. degree in Polymer Science and Technology from Istanbul Technical University.  During her Ph.D. studies, she was a visiting  graduate fellow at MIT where she focused on creating block copolymers for baroplastic processing, proton exchange and ultra-filtration membranes. After graduating, she moved to the University of California, Berkeley as a post-doctoral chemist. Her research at Berkeley involved designing polymers for artificial solar fuel generation, bio-fuel production and advanced thermal insulators. Subsequently, she became a materials post-doctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research where she has designed polymer electrolytes for battery applications. At Nano Hydrophobics, she applies her  expertise in polymer science to design and characterize advanced polymer coatings for use on heat exchange surfaces to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions.

Robert S. Dubrow

Product Commercialization Advisor


Bob has run successful new product commercialization programs at several Silicon Valley start-ups (Nanosys, Caliper Technologies and Biometric Imaging) and Fortune 500 companies (Applied Biosystems/Thermo and Raychem/Tyco).  In addition to running development programs he has also contributed fundamental intellectual property to these efforts and currently holds 100 U.S. issued patents.  Before turning to consulting two years ago, Bob was the Director of Chemistry at Nanosys Inc.  At Nanosys he invented and ran the chemistry development program for Quantum Dot Enhancement Film (QDEF), which is becoming the standard high color gamut solution for large displays and televisions.  In his first five years at Nanosys Bob developed nanotechnology coatings that were applied for anti-biofouling, in advanced chemical warfare protection suits as well as a variety of medical device applications.  Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of California, San Diego.