jatJeremy A Theil, Ph.D.

Principal and Founder

Dr. Theil is an experienced technical leader who manages research and commercialization programs and develops advanced materials in the clean energy and semiconductor sectors. He is an industry expert in thin-film photovoltaic materials and successfully managed multiple development programs, at companies such as First Solar and Alta Devices.  He has spearheaded successful a government research program, and developed materials for record-breaking efficiency solar cell technology. He developed Quantumscape’s thin-film commercialization strategy and solid-state electrolyte technology for high-density and high-rate energy storage, demonstrating technical solutions to multiple mission critical problems. 

In the semiconductor and sensor fields, he developed advanced materials and novel products. At Hewlett-Packard Laboratories he worked on CMOS process integration and materials development including advanced low-κ materials for advanced BEOL interconnect. He also pioneered a world-class photodiode array technology for CMOS image sensors using α-Si:H. In his role as in-house entrepreneur at Agilent Technologies, he took on a business development role for novel highly-integrated and low-cost sensor concepts. At Philips-Lumileds, he high-efficiency III-V light-emitting diode (LED) material systems, (AlInGaP and InGaN). Additionally, he teaches materials science for renewable energy at San Jose State University.

His education includes a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in plasma chemistry and silicon-based materials; a M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in sputtered vanadium oxide films, both in Materials Science; and a B.S. from Carnegie-Mellon University in Metallurgical Engineering. He authored 37 papers, including two review articles, and received 49 patents. Professionally, he is an active member in several societies including the Materials Research Society (MRS), and  Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) where he is a Senior Member. In 2015, he was Chair of the Spring MRS Meeting in San Francisco, and chaired symposia on advanced sensors and transducers in Spring 2005 and Fall 2007. Currently, Dr. Theil is Associate Editor for Materials for Energy and Sustainability at MRS Advances. Since 2015, he has been treasurer of the Silicon Valley Photovoltaic Society (SVPVS).

See his personal website at jtheil.com.