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Ajay Virkar

c3nano
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer
Biography
Ajay completed BS in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois and his PhD under the guidance of Professor Zhenan Bao at Stanford University, where he investigated and improved the performance of thin film conductors and semiconductors. For his doctoral research, he was awarded Melvin P. Klein Award (from SLAC), and the Springer Prize, bestowed by the Springer Publishing Company.
In 2010, Ajay co-founded and launched C3Nano by winning several prestigious business plan contests including the $200,000 Grand Prize at the MIT Clean Energy Competition and the $50,000 NASA “Game Changer” Technology Award at the Rice Business Plan Competition.
Ajay has been an invited to speak about technology, business development, and entrepreneurship at multiple academic and industrial forums. He has more than twenty-five patents (issued or pending) related to materials for next generation and progressive electronics, and has co-authored eleven technical publications in peer-reviewed journals.



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