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Dr. Howard K. Schmidt, Executive Director of the Carbon Nanotechnologies Laboratory

Howard Schmidt is the Executive Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory (CNL) at Rice University. He is an expert in the field of carbon nanotechnology and single-wall carbon nanotubes, one of the most versatile materials on the nanotechnology horizon. At the CNL, Dr. Schmidt is responsible for developing and managing key federal and industrial relationships to drive emerging applications for carbon nanotubes. He serves on the Board of Directors of Axion Power Corporation (member of Audit and Technology Committees), and the Advisory Board of Texas Nanotech Ventures (Chairman). He also serves occasionally as an Expert Witness or Technology Advisor in patent litigation.

Schmidt's current research and development projects focus on nanostructured carbon and metallic materials for structural composites, energy storage and solar cells.

Prior to joining the CNL, Schmidt founded or co-launched four technology companies over seventeen years: Ionwerks, SI Diamond Technology (SIDT), EQUEX and Road-Show.Com. Schmidt took SIDT public in 1993; the firm (now called NanoProprietary) is a long-time leader in developing nanotechnology applications.

Schmidt holds a Bachelors' in Electrical Engineering (1980) and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry (1986), both from Rice University.

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