MOLECULAR REBAR®

Carbon nanotubes, untangled to enable a new world of remarkably improved performance.

Molecular Rebar Design, LLC (MRD), based in Austin, Texas, was established to develop and commercialize a breakthrough form of modified carbon nanotubes (CNT’s), called MOLECULAR REBAR®. These are the world’s first CNT’s that are disentangled from the usual clumping and individualized through a patent-protected process which enables significantly enhanced performance for a myriad of high-value materials.

Since 2012, MRD has focused on integrating our breakthrough technology into strategic markets while continuing to innovate and develop new and improved technologies. Whether it is enabling significant strength and longevity in rubber and plastic products, redefining performance limitations in both lead and lithium batteries, or working with global industry leading companies to explore new fields of application, MOLECULAR REBAR® untangles potential and enables performance.

Meet Our World-Class MRD Team

The Molecular Rebar Design team is comprised of some of the chemical industry’s leading and most innovative professionals. It’s a multidisciplinary team of world-class chemists, materials scientists, engineers, and physicists. They’ve won a multitude of prestigious awards for innovation and have extensive experience commercializing industry-changing technologies. Together, they’ve been responsible for over $15 billion in annual revenue and $2 billion in annual profit at Fortune 100 companies. MRD has combined its technical expertise with distinguished executive leadership and state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure.

Kurt Swogger

Kurt Swogger

Chief Executive Officer

Kurt Swogger is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding member of Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.

He began his career at The Dow Chemical Company in 1972. While there, he held positions in research, manufacturing, and marketing in the Ag Chemicals, Consumer Products, and Polyolefins businesses. In 2003, he was appointed Vice President of R&D and was responsible for polystyrene, automotive, engineering plastics, building and construction products, rubber, and thermosets. In 2005, he was named R&D Vice President for the Performance Plastics and Chemicals Businesses. He also served on the board of directors for Univation, a joint venture between Dow and Exxon. He retired from Dow in 2007.

Kurt received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.

Swogger has been honored with many distinguished awards. He received the US Medal of Technology, the Corporate Innovators Award, the American Chemical Society’s Chemical Leadership Award, and the AIChE Product Innovations Award. In addition to his leadership role at MRD, Kurt is also the Executive VP of Investments and a board member of Planned Innovation Institute and an active member in the Plastics Pioneers Association. To share his entrepreneurial expertise, Kurt serves on the board of several start-up companies, including Liquid Light, Wildcat Technologies, and Rennovia.

Clive Bosnyak

Dr. Clive Bosnyak

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Clive P. Bosnyak is currently Chief Scientific Officer and a founding member of Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.

Previously, Clive spent 25 years at The Dow Chemical Company. During his tenure, he rose to the position of Lead Scientist. His wide-ranging successes included designed block polymers for elastomeric applications, engineering thermoplastic blends for automotive and electronic businesses, and polypropylene-based products, along with many others. As team leader, he was awarded, in 2001, the prestigious external “R&D 100 Award” for INSPIRE polypropylene resin.

Clive obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Birmingham, England, in 1980. He was adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently a staff member of the University of Texas. He trained in Planned Innovation® in 1985. Clive is recognized internationally as an inventor and innovator in the development of new polymeric materials and technologies. He is also a consultant for selected international companies and specializes in innovative technologies and business development.

He is a founding member of several start-up companies, including Creative Polymers, LLC, and Microlayer Energy, LLC.

 

 
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Steven Swogger

Chief Financial Officer

Steven Swogger is currently Chief Financial Officer at Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.  He also serves as Director of Product Marketing at Black Diamond Structures, LLC where he is leading product development of MOLECULAR REBAR in lead acid batteries.

Before joining MRD, Steven held the position of Director of Network Operations at FirstCare Health Plan (2008), overseeing provider contracting, relations, analytics, audit, and quality. Steven began his career in Managed Care in 2005, where he held various roles in operations management, financial analytics and management, and contract management.

Steven received his BBA in Finance from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, with additional focus in Accounting and Government Relations.

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Chaney Phillips

Chief Manufacturing & Engineering Officer

Chaney Phillips is currently Chief Manufacturing & Engineering Officer for Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.

 

Phillips is responsible for the operation of the company’s production facilities as well as managing the supply chain strategy.  He also plays an important role in developing strategic partnerships with suppliers to license the rights to manufacture MOLECULAR REBAR.

Prior to joining MRD, he was an Operations Manager at Great Lakes Chemical Co. overseeing six production units.  He was also President and co-founder of Revolution Mobile Solutions, LLC a mobile advertising company.

He completed his BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Houston and later completed his MBA at Harding University.

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Blake O. Brodersen

General Counsel

Blake Brodersen is currently General Counsel for Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.

Brodersen is responsible for advising MRD on a wide range of legal matters encompassing transactional, governance, securities, employment and regulatory issues.

Prior to joining MRD, Blake was VP/Asst. General Counsel for Scott and White Health Plan in Temple, Texas, where he weighed in on state and federal regulatory matters and governmental affairs, and a broad range of other legal issues. Prior to joining Scott & White Health Plan, he was the Deputy Commissioner of the HMO Division at the Texas Department of Insurance where he was responsible for the regulatory oversight of HMOs licensed in the state of Texas, as well as implementation of legislation affecting managed care organizations in Texas. Prior to serving as Deputy Commissioner, he represented various Texas agencies as an Assistant Attorney General.

Brodersen holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA. He has been licensed to practice law in Texas since 1993. Mr. Brodersen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. He served as the President for the Texas Association of Health Plans from 2010–2012, has served on the Board of Directors of the Austin/San Antonio chapter of The General Counsel Forum, and is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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Stephen P. Krupp

Chief Patent Counsel

Stephen Krupp is Chief Patent Counsel for Molecular Rebar Design, LLC.

He began his career at The Dow Chemical Company in 1981, as a Research Engineer.  He held various R&D and TS&D positions in Dow, including co-inventorship on 8 U.S. Patents.  Stephen transferred into Dow’s Legal Department in 1989, and later graduated from law school.  He retired from Dow in 2010 after 29 years combined R&D and legal experience, has his own law practice and has been with MRD since 2010.  As MRD Chief Patent Counsel, he is responsible for filing, prosecuting, coordinating, and executing all matters relating to MRD’s global intellectual property protection.

Stephen has written, prosecuted and granted hundreds of patents, notably including polyethylene compositions of matter for various Dow trademarked products such as INSITE™, ENGAGE™, AFFINITY™, and INFUSE™.  He has been involved in many highly visible, successful offensive and defensive oppositions, several interferences, and offensive patent infringement lawsuits.  He is a co-recipient of the 2009 R&D 100 Award and wrote the U.S. patent for which Dow was awarded 1994 Inventor of the Year Award by the IPO.

Stephen received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and his Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI.  He is licensed to practice before the USPTO and the CAFC, and is admitted to practice by the State Bars of Missouri and Texas.