Jonathan Kiel
Jonathan Kiel, Ph.D.
Managing Scientist
Polymer Science & Materials Chemistry
  • Philadelphia

Dr. Kiel’s expertise centers on polymers, polymer composites, and polymer additives. Formally trained as a chemical engineer with a focus on the performance and structure characterization of polymeric materials, Dr. Kiel has hands-on experience with membranes, plasticizers, coatings, formulations and organic electronic devices. He works extensively with implantable medical devices and medically relevant polymers, drug delivery systems, and polymer additives such as plasticizers, stabilizers, and fire retardants. Dr. Kiel also works in the Additive Manufacturing space and is a member of the ASTM F42 Additive Manufacturing Technologies committee.

Dr. Kiel addresses problems involving the characterization, development, production, and use of polymers. His projects focus on technical due diligence, materials selection, failure analysis, formulation analysis, product and material characterization, additive manufacturing, and intellectual property evaluation. Dr. Kiel has also developed products for protein detection, developed reverse osmosis membranes and their associated materials and is well versed in lateral flow devices. 

Dr. Kiel has 15 years of experience in the production, development and research of polymeric materials, including automotive coatings, structural polymeric supports, reverse osmosis membranes and organic photovoltaics. Additionally, his expertise includes the understanding of consumer based and point-of-care protein detection applications, including those performed by lateral flow devices, and he has an understanding of the technical and financial challenges associated with start-up companies. 

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Kiel held multiple positions in the chemical industry as well as the start-up world. He founded and served as Chief Science Officer for GlutenTech, a device oriented company focused on detecting food allergens for consumers. Prior to GlutenTech, he was a Research Scientist at NanOasis, a start-up company developing carbon nanotube/polymer composite reverse osmosis membranes for large scale desalination. Dr. Kiel also worked nearly 4 years as a Process Engineer for the E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company troubleshooting day-to-day production issues and managing plant efficiency and process improvement projects. 

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2001

Publications

Olds DP, Kiel JW, Mackay ME, Duxbury PM. Percolating bulk-heterostructures from neutron reflectometry and small angle neutron scattering data. Physical Review E 2012; 86(6):061803.

Kiel JW, Maranville BB, Mackay ME. Effect of annealing on PCBM cluster sizes in polymer based solar cells. PRL 2010; 105(16):168701.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Maranville BB, Mackay ME. Film morphology of polymer based solar cells from neutron reflectivity measurements. Soft Matter 2010; 6(3):641.

Tseng TC, McGarrity ES, Kiel JW, Duxbury PM, Mackay ME, Frischknecht AL, Asokan SA, Wong MS. Three-dimensional liquid surfaces through nanoparticle self-assembly. Soft Matter 2010; 6(7):1533.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Mackay ME. Applications of phase sensitive neutron reflectivity for film morphology determination of polymer based solar cells. Journal of Chemical Physics 2010; 137(7).

Presentations

Kiel JW, Maranville BB, Olds DP, Duxbury PM, Mackay ME. Effect of annealing on PCBM cluster sizes in polymer based solar cells, Michigan State University Complex Materials for Energy Applications Conference, East Lansing, MI, 2010.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Mackay ME, Applications of phase sensitive neutron reflectivity for polymer based solar cells. Materials Research Society, San Francisco, CA 2010.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Mackay ME, Film morphology of polymer-based solar cells from neutron reflectivity measurements, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2009.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Maranville BB, Mackay ME, University of Delaware/National Institute of Standards and Testing Materials Science and Engineering Symposium, Neutron Reflectivity for characterization of polymer based solar cells, Newark, DE, 2009.

Kiel JW, Kirby BJ, Majkrzak CF, Maranville BB, Mackay ME, Film morphology of polymer based solar cells from neutron reflectivity measurements, American Physical Society, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009.

Prior Experience

Founder / Chief Science Officer, GlutenTech, 2012–2013

Research Scientist, NanOasis, 2010–2012

Visiting Scholar, University of Delaware, 2008–2010

Graduate Research Assistant, Michigan State University, 2005–2010

Process Engineer, E.I. DuPont de Nemours Company, 2001–2005

Intern, Cargill, Summer 2000

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2010
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 2001