Maier Named Chief Technology Officer for Monolith Materials, Inc.
LINCOLN, Neb., December 11, 2019 — Monolith Materials, Inc., a next-generation chemical company that believes technology will lead the way to environmental transformation, today named Thomas R. Maier, Ph.D., Esq. as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Maier brings 35 years of experience in the rubber and chemical industries, most recently serving in the role of Vice President, R&D and in-house counsel.
“Tom has deep experience in the rubber and plastics industry, a practical knowledge of R&D and is well-versed in leading intellectual property development,” said Monolith CEO Rob Hanson. “His ability to integrate those three critical functions into a single, long-term strategy, and then oversee its execution, will provide a significant strategic advantage as we go to market.”
Maier has dedicated his career to developing new rubber and plastic products. His previous experience includes over two decades at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, serving in a variety of R&D leadership roles in both the Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg facilities. Since then, he has led R&D for several organizations, most recently as the Vice President R&D, Tarkett North America and Vice President, R&D and in-house counsel for Novagard Solutions.
“Monolith is shattering the paradigm that carbon blacks produced from oil feedstock via the furnace process provide better reinforcement compared to those produced from natural gas via the eco-friendly plasma process,” explained Maier. “I’m joining a team of high intellectual horsepower scientists and engineers in their continued quest to implement better, greener solutions for making everyday products without sacrificing end-product performance.”
In addition to being published on a variety of industry topics, Maier has numerous patents and trade secrets pertaining to rubber and plastic products. He received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland; an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategic Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; and he is an Ohio licensed attorney, receiving a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
About Monolith Materials
Monolith Materials is a next-generation chemical company that uses a proprietary process to convert natural gas to carbon black in an environmentally advantaged manner. Monolith’s process also produces hydrogen tail-gas, a valuable co-product that can be sold into the power generation or industrial gas markets. Monolith is backed by Azimuth Capital Management, Cornell Capital LLC, and Warburg Pincus.
For more information on Monolith Materials visit www.monolithmaterials.com.