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Fred Allen

Dr. Allen has over 25 years of experience working at the nanometer scale as a materials scientist with a business perspective.  Motivated by an early passion to study mineral structures and crystal growth, he obtained his B.S. degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences from SUNY Stony Brook in 1979 graduating with highest honors.  He went on to Harvard University as a National Science Foundation Fellow to study mineralogy and crystallography and obtained M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geological Sciences in 1981 and 1985, respectively.  He then worked at the National Center for Electron Microscopy at Arizona State University for two years.  In 1987, he joined Engelhard Corporation in New Jersey.  Over the next 18 years, he conducted research, commercialized products, and managed the Technology Assessment group.  His materials characterization and methods development expertise focused on relating material properties to product performance.  More recently, Dr. Allen led Engelhard’s nanotechnology growth initiative that involved pursuing internal R&D leads and external business opportunities in this emerging space.  He has over 35 publications and presentations and 10 patent filings. 


Dr. Allen is also Co-founder and Director of the Greater Garden State Nanotechnology Alliance (GGSNA), an association affiliated with the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC).  The GGSNA promotes regional economic development by facilitating commercialization of nanotechnology in and around New Jersey. He is also a member of the NJTC Board, an advisor to the Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Alliance (MANA) and chairman of the Nanotechnology Committee of SMART (Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow).