Origin: MO | Grant Awarded: 2016 | Status: Active

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What is nanoMetallix?

nanoMetallix has developed a new class of engineered particles to enhance rocket propellants and explosive devices. They provide scalable aluminum nanoenergetics that radically increase the effectiveness of propellants through shorter ignition delays, increased burn rate, and an increased and more complete combustion. In other words, they’ve made energy smaller. In 2015, nanoMetallix was selected as Top 100 Defense startups at National Defense Innovation Summit.

Company Leadership

Steven Buckner

Co-Founder and President

Steven is a Ph.D. Chemist and NRC Senior Research Associate at Saint Louis University. He has won several awards for his work, including Grantwinner Award for Excellence in Research (Saint Louis University Senior Faculty Research Award), Sigma Xi/King-Sun Fu Student Research Award, and the Charles N. Reilly/Upjohn Award. He is also Phi Kappa Phi, and has been a W.R. Grace and David Ross Fellow.

Gregory Place

Co-Founder and Director of Sales and Technology

Greg has background as a startup partner at Trendly, was on the founding executive team of MEDLaunchSTL, and has a degree in biochemistry with a focus on intellectual property and technology transfer. Now, with a priority on product and customer development, Greg leads business development at the intersection of nanometallic and propulsion technologies, both for national defense and the commercial launch sectors.

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Jacob Laktas

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Jake has background as a Biomedical Engineer, and co-founded MEDLaunch. Jake has a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University, with a focus in computational fluid dynamics. He uses an extensive knowledge of the nanoMetallix core technology with corresponding engineering principles and market applications to execute primary Company operations.

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Paul Jelliss

Co-Founder and Inventor

Paul is a Co-Founder and Inventor of nanoMetallix technology. He is one of the world’s leading organometallic chemists, specializing in energetic and boron-based chemistries. Paul has produced novel technologies across the spectrum of nanoenergetics into biomedical and other applications as well. His ability to combine organic matter with metallic structures has produced incredible breakthroughs with regards to the stability, usability, and ingenuity of nanomaterials. Paul is currently a Chemistry Faculty member at Saint Louis University where he has been on staff for 16 years.

Stephen Chung

Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Stephen Chung is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of nanoMetallix, a 2016 Arch Grants Recipient.

Stephen formulated and produced some unique and novel energetic materials during his postdoctoral appointment at University of Missouri-Columbia and a company called NEMS/MEMS Works, LLC. His speciality, working with high-energy nanothermites, has translated well as nMx produces some of the world’s highest-energy solid materials.

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