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Plasmonics is an R&D firm focusing on next-gen infrared technologies. The company has been awarded over $6M in grants to support those efforts since 2010. Areas where significant technical advances have been made include: nanoantenna-coupled sensors, thermally tunable infrared metamaterials, long range profile detection sensors, and polarized thermal emission surfaces to name a few.

Plasmonics is actively working with a variety of DoD and industry partners to transition these developments to real world applications. Some examples include:

                

  • Intelligent thermal camera systems for perimeter security that accurately distinguishes between threats and non-threats.
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  • Passive materials that allow satellites to emit heat in the vacuum of space.

In addition these efforts, Plasmonics offers a variety of lithography services as well as electro-magnetic design and consultation. Please Click Here for a full description of our capabilities.

Leadership Team

Dr. David Shelton
Dr. David Shelton President and CEO
Dr. James Ginn
Dr. James Ginn Senior Executive Vice President and CTO
Dr. Glenn Boreman
Dr. Glenn Boreman Chairman of the Board
Mr. Nathan Post
Mr. Nathan Post Chief Operations Officer

Dr. David Shelton

President and CEO

Dr. Shelton began working in infrared systems in 2005 when he joined Prof. Glenn Boreman's lab at CREOL in the University of Central Florida (UCF). As an NSF IGERT fellow at CREOL, he conducted research in: high frequency carrier transport and metal skin effects, electronically, photonically, and thermally tunable infrared metamaterials, and infrared energy harvesting systems. After completing his Ph.D. in Materials Science in 2010, Dr. Shelton founded Plasmonics Inc. along with Prof. Boreman to continue work in infrared metamaterials and nanoantenna-coupled sensors. With Dr. Shelton as President and CEO for the past three years, the Plasmonics team has raised over $5 million in government and industry contracts for research and development of advanced infrared systems. These R&D efforts are anticipated to continue for the next two years at which time Plasmonics is forecasted to transition from R&D efforts to selling infrared systems in both military and commercial markets.

Dr. Shelton to specialize in the design, fabrication, and testing of nanotechnology for infrared electro-optic systems in addition to leading new business development and strategic growth plans for.

Dr. James Ginn

Senior Executive Vice President and CTO

Dr. Ginn joined Plasmonics, Inc. in February 2011 as the company's Senior Executive Vice President and CTO. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in August 2009. At the university, Dr. Ginn carried out research in infrared planar focusing surfaces, polarized thermal emission surfaces, low-power rf energy harvesting, and genetic algorithm optimization of microwave antenna devices. He has co-authored over 50 journal papers and proceedings. He currently specializes in numerical analysis of electromagnetic structures, optical ellipsometry, and nano-fabrication.

Prior to joining the company, Dr. Ginn held a postdoctoral appointee position at Sandia National Laboratory where he carried out research in low-loss metamaterials, semiconductor processing, and characterization of new classes of infrared materials. He has also interned at Lockheed Martin Corporation and Ansoft Corporation (now Ansys, Inc.).

Dr. Glenn Boreman

Chairman of the Board

Dr. Boreman served on the faculty for 27 years at University of Central Florida, and was Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science and Physics at CREOL. He is presently the Chairman of the Department of Physics and Optical Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte and serves as Chairman of the Board at Plasmonics, Inc. He received a BS from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, and a PhD from the Optical Sciences Center, University of Arizona. He has been a visiting scholar at Imperial College in London, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich.

Dr. Boreman is a past member of the SPIE Board of Directors. He is co-author of the graduate textbook Infrared Detectors and Systems, author of Modulation Transfer Function in Optical and Electro-Optical Systems, and Basic Electro-Optics for Electrical Engineers. He has published more than 150 articles in the areas of infrared detector and focal-plane analysis, optics of random media, infrared scene projection, and transfer-function techniques. He is a Fellow of SPIE, the Optical Society of America, and the Military Sensing Symposia.

Mr. Nathan Post

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Post joined Plasmonics in January 2013 as the Chief Operations Officer. His background in business and management was solicited to help the company transition from fundamental R&D to manufacturing products for civilian and military applications. Since coming on board he has helped grow the company from 3 to 13 employees in less than a year while increasing revenue 400% to $2M in FY2013.

He received an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and international business. He has a finance and project management background in several professional settings. This includes time spent with growth stage companies and heading the marketing department for a regional restaurant group.