Alex, and his 16-year-old son Nikita, designed and built the first prototype of the CLIP machine, demonstrating a technology that printed at speeds previously unimaginable. While Alex was trained as a theoretical physicist, in practice he has been an engineer since the age of 10 when he began building and launching gliders from the third floor of his family’s condo in Dimitrovgrad, Russia. If you ask him about his background, Alex won’t mention publications, awards, or credentials. He will describe technologies he has developed and before that, a childhood of building control-line planes, blowing up model rocket engines, and etching circuit boards on his kitchen table. At age 17, Alex won the Young Science Scholar Award, which took him from Russia to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. He returned to Russia for higher education, receiving his doctorate at Moscow State University. He then completed postdoctoral work, first in Canada as a NATO Fellow and then at Northwestern University. In 2005, he joined Joe’s lab at UNC-Chapel Hill, which led to a position at Liquidia Technologies. At Liquidia, Alex’s work allowed the company to begin producing nanoparticles on a manufacturing scale. Alex combines his theoretical background and analytical mind with hands-on experience and an insatiable desire to create. He not only generates new theoretical hypotheses, he executes, turning ideas into tangible results.
David joined Carbon in 2013 and helps to drive research and development. He holds a PhD in Physics, Chemistry, and Material Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.