- Ph.D., Chemistry, Stanford University, 2016
- B.S., Professional Chemistry, California State University, Chico, 2009
- Myer Ezrin Best Paper Award for the Failure Analysis & Prevention Special Interest Group, ANTEC, 2017.
- Stanford University Center for Molecular Analysis and Design Fellow, 2013-2015
- Outstanding Graduating Senior, Department of Chemistry California State University, Chico, May 2009
- Outstanding Achievement in Inorganic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008
- Outstanding Achievement in Physical Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2008
- Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry, California State University, Chico, May 2007
- American Chemical Society (member)
- Society of Plastics Engineers
Dr. Lyons specializes in chemical analysis and characterization of molecular systems and polymeric materials, including adhesives, elastomers, and rigid plastics, with emphasis on how materials incompatibility can influence device failure. He has experience in polymer fractography and how chemical mechanisms lead to polymer fracture, and has assisted clients on both proactive and litigation projects in a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, medical device, automotive, and construction.
Dr. Lyons is well versed in a variety of characterization techniques including Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, micro-FTIR spectroscopy and mapping, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), as well as numerous thermal and spectroscopic characterization methods. In addition, he also has experience with polymer mechanical testing and failure recreation.
Before joining exponent, Dr. Lyons received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University where he was a fellow in the Center for Molecular Analysis and Design and participated in a multi-department collaboration on carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) research as part of Stanford's Global Climate and Energy Project. His research at Stanford included the design and synthesis of porous materials for carbon dioxide capture, as well as the synthesis and characterization of bio-inspired coordination complexes with redox active ligands.