Michael Otley, PhD

Education:

  • MBA, Arizona State University (Currently Working On) 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow: Northwestern University, 2015-2017 
  • PhD, Organic Chemistry, The University of Connecticut, 2015 
  • BS, Chemistry/Biology, University of Hartford 

Work History:

  • Bio Huma Netics (2020)  
  • BASF (2017)  
  • Alphachromics, Inc. (2015)

About:

My love for chemistry began as an undergraduate at University of Hartford during my first hands-on experiment in general chemistry lab, and from that moment I was hooked. I went on to perform organic chemistry research under Jim Shattuck and cell biology research under Aimee Levesque while completing my bachelor’s degree in 2 years.  

In graduate school at the University of Connecticut I continued to climb the chemistry ladder and concentrated my studies on organic and polymer chemistry. During my graduate career, I was privileged to be recognized with a national award from the American Chemical Society for the Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Award in 2015. My graduate work was the foundation for two start-up companies including Alphachromics, Inc., which collaborated with Oakley to make next generation “active” sunglasses (electrochromic). I also collaborated with Nike, New Balance, and Under Armor in a variety of projects ranging from OLEDs to “smart” clothing. The outcome of this research led to numerous publications including several in Advanced Materials (impact factor: 31), and a textbook chapter in Electrochromic Materials and Devices. I also wrote several proposals to receive funding for my graduate work and the start-up companies. 

After completing my doctorate, I desired to continue to grow as a scientist and decided to become a Postdoctoral Fellow under the guidance of Sir J. Fraser Stoddart in 2015 at Northwestern University to study macromolecular chemistry. The following year our group won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for its work with molecular machines. At Northwestern, I served as a Principal Investigator of a $1.5 million grant leading a group of postdocs and graduate students to study the ‘Sequestration of Trace Elements from Seawater’ in the Joint Center of Excellence in Integrated Nanotechnology (JCIN), a collaboration between Northwestern and KACST. During my time at Northwestern, I published in numerous journals including a revolutionary paper “Rechargeable Aluminum Organic Batteries” in one of the top journals in the world, Nature Energy (impact factor: 61). Due to the success of my postdoctoral career, I received several professorship offers, both domestic and abroad, but I chose to work in industry due to the team atmosphere.  

At Northwestern I was recruited by BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, where I served as an R&D Scientist for 3.5 years. During my tenure at BASF, I worked in a hybrid business/technical role and focused on cutting costs on raw materials and processes. I was fortunate to participate in numerous BASF courses, including several business courses, root cause analysis, and Lean Six Sigma (Yellow and Green Belt). As an R&D Scientist, I was the project manager of several global R&D projects that were proposed from my own ideas and was involved with launching products into new markets.  

Currently, I am leading the development and analytical lab at Bio Huma Netics. I am tasked with developing the next generation of fertilizer products for BHN during the day, and in the evening, I am pursuing an MBA from Arizona State University. 

Publications

Rechargeable aluminium organic batteries 

PEDOT: PSS “wires” printed on textile for wearable electronics 

Redox-active macrocycles for organic rechargeable batteries 

Acrylated poly (3, 4-propylenedioxythiophene) for enhancement of lifetime and optical properties for single-layer electrochromic devices 

Solid-state electrochromic devices: relationship of contrast as a function of device preparation parameters 

Electrochromic properties as a function of electrolyte on the performance of electrochromic devices consisting of a single-layer polymer 

An efficient artificial molecular pump 

SolidState HighThroughput Screening for Color Tuning of Electrochromic Polymers 

Phase Segregation of PEDOT:PSS on Textile to Produce Materials of >10 A mm−2 Current Carrying Capacity 

Polyelectrolytes exceeding ITO flexibility in electrochromic devices 

ColorTuning Neutrality for Flexible Electrochromics Via a SingleLayer Dual Conjugated Polymer Approach 

Neutral color tuning of polymer electrochromic devices using an organic dye 

Fabric electrochromic displays for adaptive camouflage, biomimicry, wearable displays and fashion 

Dependency of polyelectrolyte solvent composition on electrochromic photopic contrast 

Colorless to black electrochromic devices using subtractive color mixing of two electrochromes: A conjugated polymer with a small organic molecule 

Oligomeric 3, 4-propylenedioxythiophene dyes for achieving color neutrality with electrochromic devices 

Molecular triangles for organic rechargeable batteries 

Porous three-dimensional structures via self-assembly of organic macrocycles from radical cation interactions 

Rigid Pyromellitic Diimide Triangles for Organic Rechargeable Batteries 

Poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene) as a conductor for flexible, stretchable, and wearable electronics 

Preparation of neutral color polymeric electrochromic devices using an commerical organic dye 

Polyelectrolyte exceeding ITO capabilities in flexible electrochromics 

High-throughput screening of electrochromic polymers toward neutral colors 

Design and Synthesis of Electrochromic and Highly Conductive Polymers for Flexible and Stretchable Electronics 

High-throughput screening of color for electrochromic polymers 

Conjugated polymer formation with assembled devices for electrochromics 

Importance of stereochemistry of 1, 3-substituted poly (3, 4-propylenedioxythiophene) s on optoelectronic properties 

Optimization of gel electrolyte towards high photopic contrast polymeric electrochromic devices 

Simple, one-step procedure to make conductive polymers for solid state electrochromic devices 

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