Leadership

Valerian Materials was founded in 2015 by Dr. Kechun Zhang, Dr. Frank Bates, and Dr. Marc Hillmyer. Dr. Cora Leibig joined the team in 2016 as Vice President for Business Development. The leaders are committed to benefitting society through the development of new sustainable materials solutions with Valerian Materials platform technology. 

 

 
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KECHUN ZHANG

President; Founder

Zhang is a biochemical engineer working on the design of fermentation approaches to new materials.

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FRANK BATES

Chief Financial Officer; Founder

Bates is a chemical engineer and materials scientist pursuing fundamental knowledge and developing applied technology across a wide range of topics related to polymers.

 

MARC HILLMYER

Secretary; Founder

Hillmyer is a synthetic polymer chemist focused on the design, synthesis, and applications of advanced macromolecular materials. 

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CORA LEIBIG

Vice President of Business Development

Leibig is a startup and technology executive specialized in the commercialization of technologies in the materials industry.