Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Laboratory
SkyNano Technologiesis focused on a low-cost manufacturing technique of high value carbon materials, using only inexpensive materials, electricity, and carbon dioxide as direct inputs. Our technique overcomes cost and scalability limitations associated with traditional manufacturing techniques, while also giving commercial viability to carbon conversion technologies through the introduction of a high-value secondary material produced from greenhouse gas inputs. Our technique relies on electrochemistry, rather than solely catalysis, and results in a highly efficient process to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into useful functional nanomaterials.
Anna Douglas received her Ph.D. in 2019 in interdisciplinary material science from Vanderbilt University. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow, she primarily focused her studies on clean energy technologies and the growth of high quality carbon nanotubes from ambient carbon dioxide. Prior to Vanderbilt, Anna completed a B.S. in mathematics and chemistry at Lee University. She interned as an undergraduate at the NASA Glenn Research Center, where she discovered her passion for nanotechnology. Anna is a graduate of the first cohort of Innovation Crossroads at Oak Ridge National Lab, and was named a 2019 Forbes Magazine “30 Under 30” disrupter in Energy.
Cary Pint is a passionate inventor and technologist, with technical expertise at the intersection of carbon nanomaterials and energy technologies. Cary is a chaired associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at Iowa State. Prior to his academic career, Cary worked at Intel Labs as a Research Scientist. Cary earned his Ph.D. at Rice University in 2010 on the synthesis and application of carbon nanotube materials. Cary has published over 100 journal papers with 8 granted patents and several pending applications in the area of energy systems and carbon nanotechnology. Among his honors, Cary was named as one of Forbes Magazine “30 under 30” disrupters in the field of science and innovation in 2012, and one of the “top 20 under 40” talent in academia by the American Society of Engineering Education in 2014.
David Wood joined SkyNano in February 2021, having formally worked at ORNL as the Fuel Cell Technologies Program Manager (2011-2018), the former Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Team and Group Leader (2015-2017), and a well-known energy conversion and storage researcher with an industrial and academic career that began in 1995. From 1997 to 2002, he was employed by General Motors Corporation and SGL Carbon Group, excelling at applied R&D related to automotive and stationary PEFC technology. Later work (2003-2009) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Cabot Corporation focused on elucidation of key chemical degradation mechanisms, development of accelerated testing methods, and component development. Dr. Wood received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1994, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1998, and his Ph.D. in Electrochemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2007. He has received 18 patents and patent applications, authored 86 refereed journal articles and transactions papers, and authored 2 book chapters. Dr. Wood has managed an average annual ORNL budget of $9-10M related to hydrogen infrastructure issues, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, and roll-to-roll manufacturing science, and has joined the SkyNano team to help us scale our production technology and strengthen our industrial partnerships.