Posted: December 9, 2008

Nanotechnology Firm Aculon Names Edward Hughes CEO

(Nanowerk News) Aculon, Inc., a leading developer of nanotechnology solutions using its proprietary nanoscale molecular-scale surface and interfacial technologies, announced the appointment of Edward Hughes as Chief Executive Officer.
Hughes has over 15 years of experience managing consumer and technology businesses.  He most recently served as founder and CEO of PowerMetal Technologies in Carlsbad, California. PowerMetal Technologies is a leading manufacturer and supplier of advanced nanotechnology-enabled products and sub-components targeting the sporting goods and consumer products industries.
“We are extremely delighted to have someone of Edward’s stature and reputation in nanotechnology lead the team at Aculon,” said Frank Archinaco, Chairman of the Board. “His experience and knowledge make him the best person to spearhead the growth of our company.”
Prior to Hughes’ term with PowerMetal, he served as Senior VP and GM for TaylorMade-adidas Golf, heading up the North American business division and Global Marketing. Edward was part of the team that turned around TaylorMade's performance by growing sales and doubling profits. Previously, he was instrumental in the turn around of Maxfli Golf as Vice President and General Manager before selling the company to TaylorMade.
Hughes serves on the Boards of several San Diego based nonprofit organizations which include Harvard Business School Club and the San Diego Girls Scouts Organization. He earned his Masters Degree from Cambridge University, England and his MBA from the Harvard Business School, where he was a George F. Baker Scholar.
Aculon's nano-scale treatments enable unique performance, process simplification and excellent value across a broad range of metal, plastic and glass surfaces and interfaces.  Whether it be non-stick hydrophobic/oleophobic or adhesion-promoting functionality, Aculon nanotechnology offers manufacturers and consumers new opportunities beyond traditional surface coatings. Aculon has commercial applications and development programs in several fields, including optical, packaging, stainless steel appliances, and electronics.
About Aculon
Founded in 2004, Aculon specializes in inventing and commercializing unique molecular-scale surface and interfacial coatings leveraging nanotechnology discoveries made at Princeton University.  The Company's breakthrough technology outperforms all known alternatives in characteristics such as adhesion, stain resistance, and scratch resistance. 
Key benefits of Aculon technology include:
  • Strength - Up to ten times the bond density with all surface oxygen.  Strong covalent and metal complex bonds.
  • Durability - Excellent high temperature performance and outstanding hydrolytic stability versus organo-functional silanes.
  • Versatility - Can tailor synthesize SAMs to modify surfaces or boost interfacial adhesion.  Suitable for multiple substrates across both OEM and consumer applications.
  • Value - Molecular scale modification can transform surfaces and interfaces to provide unique performance, simpler processes, and favorable economics.
  • Aculon's team brings together seasoned executives from the specialty chemicals industry, professional investors experienced in early-stage technology companies, key scientists from Princeton University, and proven business development professionals.
    Source: Aculon (press release)
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