Faculty Profile

Dr. Werner Kuhr

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION
Phone: 201.216.3509
Fax: 201.216.8185
Email: werner.kuhr@stevens.edu
School:  Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department:  Provost
Office:  Office of Academic Entrepreneurship
Program:  Provost
Education

Ph.D. Chemistry, 1986; Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
M.S. Chemistry, 1982, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.
B.S. Chemistry with Honor, 1980, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ.

Experience

President, KuhrConsulting LLC, 2011-2013 
Adjoint Professor of Chemistry, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 2012-present.
Strategic Technical Counsel, eSionic Corp., 2011-2012.
Adjunct Professor, University of California, Riverside, 2005-2012
Founder and Vice President, Research, ZettaCore, Inc., 2003-2011.
Founder and Director of Research, ZettaCore, Inc., 2002-2003.
Professor, University of California, Riverside, 1998-2003.
Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical Leave), Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM, 1995.
Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside, 1993-1998.
Assistant Professor, University of California, Riverside, 1988-93.
Ames Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Chemistry, Iowa State University, 1987-88.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. Biol. Psych., Univ. of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1986-87.
Research Chemist, Analytical Research, Merck and Co., Rahway, N.J., 1980-82.

Institutional Service

UCR Nanofabrication Center Steering Committee, Founding Member, 2001-2003.
UCR Genomics Institute, Steering Committee, Founding Member, 2000-2003.
UCR Microfabrication Center, Founder and Director, 1999-2003.
UCR Graduate Advisory Committee, Chemistry: 1988 - 1993; 1995 - 2002.
Analytical Chemistry Search Committee (Junior and Senior levels); 1995-2002. Chair, Analytical Chemistry Search Committee, 1998-2002.
Graduate Council, UC Riverside, 1997-2000; Chair, 1999-2000.
Executive Committee, UC Riverside, 1997-2000; Chair, 1999-2000.
Inorganic Chemistry Search Committee, 1997-98.
Organic Chemistry Search Committee, 1995.
Neuroscience Search Committee, 1993-4.
Institute for Molecular Biomedical Research, Planning Committee, 1993 - 1996.
Chemistry Shops Ad Hoc Committee: 1992 - 1994.
Analytical Chemistry Search Committee: 1990.
Chemistry Committee on Computers: 1990 - 1992.
University Committee on Scholarships and Honors: 1990 - 1994.
Graduate Admissions Committee, Chemistry: 1988-1990, 1993-1994.

Professional Service

Fellow, World Technology Network, New York, 2011-present.
Member, Board of Advisors, University of California, Riverside, CA, 2008-present.
Member, Board of Directors, Society of Electroanalytical Chemists, 2002-2007; Chair, Awards Committee, 2003-2007.
Chair, Program Committee, American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, 1998-2000.
Member, Organizing Committee, Tenth International Symposium on High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis (HPCE’99), Palm Springs, CA, January, 1999.
Scientific Advisory Committee, Fourth International Symposium on Capillary Electrophoresis, York, England, August 27-28, 1996.
Member, Award Committee, for Award in Electroanalytical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1993-1995.
Scientific Advisory Committee, International Symposium on Capillary Electrophoresis, York, England; August 23-24, 1990; August 27-28, 1992, August 27-28, 1994.
Chairman, Organizing and Scientific Committees, Society of Western Analytical Professors, Riverside, CA, January 22-23, 1993.
Member-At-Large, Financial Planning Committee, Division of Analytical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, 1991-92.
International Advisory Committee, 5th International Conference on In Vivo Methods, Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, Sept. 21-24, 1991.

Reviewer for: Science; Analytical Chemistry; Langmuir; Electroanalysis; Journal of Chromatography; Journal of the American Chemical Society; American Journal of Physiology; Neuroscience; Brain Research; Journal of Neurochemistry.

Proposal Review for: National Science Foundation; ACS Petroleum Research Fund; Research Corporation; North Carolina Biotechnology Center; National Institutes of Health (Human Genome Research Initiative, 1999-2001; HGRI Small Business Innovative Research Program, 1999); NASA Biological Sciences Initiative, 1999, NIH (Member, Aids and Related Research
Study Section (ARRB AHR S1); Outside Reviewer, NIMH Small Business Innovative Research Program, 1991; Member, Special Study Section (SSS-6(B1)); Special Reviewer (Metallobiochemistry Study Section), 1993; Ad Hoc Member (Neurological Sciences 2 Study Section), 1993.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Seurat Analytical – protein microarray detection systems; technical adviser / patent license; 2000-02 (acquired by major corporation, 2002).
Clinical MicroSensors – DNA detection and medical devices; technical adviser / patent license; 2002-05; acquired by Motorola for >$50M.
ZettaCore, Inc. – molecular electronic structures; Founder, VP Research, IP Manager; 2002-11; acquired by major international corporations for > $50M.
eSionic Corp. – electrolytes for charge storage devices like batteries and electrical double layer capacitors; Founder and Advisor / IP Manager; 2011-12; active.
ChemiSensor LLP – chemical sampling & sensor systems; Founder and CTO, IP Manager; 2012-present; active.

Honors & Awards

Finalist, World Technology Award for Materials, World Technology Network, New York, 2011.
Board of Advisors, University of California, Riverside, 2008-present.
Board of Directors, Society of Electroanalytical Chemists, 2002-2007.
Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation, 1989-1994.
Jubilee Silver Medal, The Chromatographic Society, England, 1994.
Tour Speaker, Society of Analytical Spectroscopy, 1994.
Young Investigator Award, Society of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 1993.
Starter Grant Award, Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, 1989.
NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 1986-1987.
ACS Graduate Fellowship, Division of Analytical Chemistry, sponsored by SCAP, 1985.
Riley-Upjohn Award for Analytical Chemistry, by the Upjohn Co., Indiana University, 1985.
Departmental Fellowship, Chemistry Department, Indiana University, 1982.
Stevens International Scholar, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1978-1979.

Professional Societies

American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry
Electrochemical Chemistry
Materials Research Society
iMAPS – International Microelectronics And Packaging Society

Grants, Contracts & Funds

DOE, “Feasibility of Molecular Memory Storage for Supercomputing Applications, conducted by ZettaCore, Inc.,” $951,500, 7/15/09-7/14/10, PI: Werner G Kuhr.
DOE, “Feasibility of Molecular Memory Storage for Supercomputing Applications, conducted by ZettaCore, Inc.,” $956,000, 7/15/08-7/14/09, PI: Werner G Kuhr.
DARPA (MDA972-01-C-0072) Hybrid CMOS/Molecular Memory; 07/01/01-067/30/03; Co- P.I.’s, D. F. Bocian, W. G. Kuhr, J. S. Lindsey, V. Misra, and W. Liu; $1,399,310 total costs; $320,810 W.G. Kuhr total costs.
ZettaCore, Inc. Development of Porphyrin-Based Memories; 07/01/00-12/31/01; Co-P. I.’s, D. F. Bocian, W. G. Kuhr, and J. S. Lindsey; $300,000 total costs; $77,500 W.G. Kuhr total costs.
National Institutes of Health, (1R21HG01828-01), "Frequency Based Electrochemical Methods for DNA Sequencing", $529,245, 7/1/98-3/30/02.
National Institutes of Health, $1,422,535, "Electrochemically-based DNA Sequencing and Analysis", 4/1/02-9/30/03.
ZettaCore, Inc., “Multiporphyrin Molecular Memories”, with David Bocian (PI) and Jon Lindsey (co-PI, NC State Univ.) $1,500,000, 9/01/01 – 8/30/03.
DARPA, “Multiporphyrin Molecular Memories”, with David Bocian (PI) and Jon Lindsey (co-PI, NC State Univ.) $974,520, 2/1/99 – 1/30/01.
National Institutes of Health (GM 44112-01-08), "Indirect Electrochemical Methods for In Vivo Measurements," $345,317 (total costs), 5/01/91-11/31/95; renewed through 7/31/00, $586,487 (total costs).
UC BioStar, "Sinusoidal Voltammetry for Sequencing and Analysis of DNA", $406,167 (total costs; 50% cost share with PE Biosystems), 7/1/98-6/30/00.
National Science Foundation (CHE-9414410), with David Wipf (P.I., Mississippi State University), 5%, "Modification and Characterization of Carbon Fiber Microelectrodes with Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy", $105,000 subcontract (WGK), 9/1/94-8/31/98. Environmental Protection Agency (R 821325), co-investigator with Eric Chronister (PI, UC Riverside), 5%, "Chemically Selective Fiber Optic Detection and Characterization of Aqueous Impurities", $445,896, 10/1/94-9/30/98.
Collaborative UC/Los Alamos Research (CULAR) Program, co-investigator with W. Pat Ambrose (PI, LANL), “Photolithographic Immobilization of Biopolymers: Breaking the Diffraction Limit”, $165,000, 10/1/95-9/30/98.
Procter and Gamble Company, "Enzyme Reactor Column Technology for Capillary Electrophoresis", $10,000, 10/1/95-9/30/96.
Axon Instruments, Inc., "Development of Sinusoidal Voltammetry", $60,000, 7/1/94-3/30/96.
Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation (CHE-8957394), "In Vivo Probes for the Real-Time Measurement of Neurotransmitter Release", $312,500 (with matching funds of $187,500), 7/1/89-11/31/95.
Procter and Gamble Company, "Enzyme Reactor Column Technology for Capillary Electrophoresis", $37,000, 4/1/92-3/30/95.
Lilly Research Laboratories, "Unsolicited Grant", $20,000, 10/28/91 - 10/27/93.
Universal Sensors, Inc., "In Vivo Measurement of Neurotransmitter Release", $30,000, 9/1/92- 8/30/93.
Applied Biosystems, Inc., "Electrochemical Detector for Capillary Electrophoresis", $20,500, 6/1/92-5/30/93; Equipment Donation, $18,000, 6/1/93-5/30/94.
ACS Petroleum Research Fund, Type G, "Optimization of Capillary Zone Electrophoresis with Indirect Electrochemical Detection", which concerns the development of indirect potentiometric detection for capillary zone electrophoresis, $18,000, 7/1/89-6/31/91.
Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, "Discrete Sampling of Transient Neurochemical Events in Brain with Capillary Zone Electrophoresis / Indirect Detection", $10,000, 7/1/89- 6/31/90.
Office of Naval Research, "Chemical Modification of the Olfactory Epithelium of Vertebrate Species," co-investigator with Thomas H. Morton, $278,356 (total costs), 9/01/89-8/30/92.

Patents & Inventions

1. US 7826250 Open circuit potential amperometry and voltammetry
2. US 7799598 Processing systems and methods for molecular memory
3. EP2221828A1 Molecular memory devices and methods
4. EP2188818A1 Methods of treating a surface to promote binding of molecule(s) of
interest, coatings and devices formed therefrom
5. EP2188817A1 Methods of treating a surface to promote metal plating and devices formed
6. US 7695756 Systems, tools and methods for production of molecular memory
7. US20100075427 Methods of treating a surface to promote metal plating and devices formed
8. US20100071938 Methods of treating a surface to promote metal plating and devices formed
9. US 20090121210 Formation of self-assembled monolayers on silicon substrates
10. JP2009081444 Molecular memory and its process system as well as its process method
11. US 7518905 High density memory device
12. WO/2009/029871 Methods of treating a surface to promote binding of molecule(s) of
interest, coatings and devices formed therefrom
13. WO/2009/029863 Methods of treating a surface to promote metal plating and devices formed
14. US20090056994 Methods of Treating a Surface to Promote Metal Plating and Devices Formed
15. US20090056991 Methods of Treating a Surface to Promote Binding of Molecule(s) of Interest, Coatings and Devices Formed Therefrom
16. US20080219041 Processing Systems and Methods for Molecular Memory
17. EP1914755A1 Molehole embedded 3-D crossbar architecture used in electrochemical molecular memory device
18. US 7348206 Formation of self-assembled monolayers of redox SAMs on silicon for molecular memory applications
19. US 7324385 Molecular memory
20. EP1449218B1 Molehole Embedded 3-D Crossbar Architecture Used In Electrochemical Molecular Memory Device
21. US 7312100 In situ patterning of electrolyte for molecular information storage devices
22. US 7307870 Molecular memory devices and methods
23. US20070108438 Multypodal tethers for high-density attachment of redox-active moieties to substrates
24. WO/2007/053192A2 Multipodal Tethers For High-Density Attachment Of Redox-Active Moieties To Substrates
25. WO/2007/053192A3 Multipodal Tethers For High-Density Attachment Of Redox-Active Moieties To Substrates
26. EP1748866A2 Molecular Memory And Processing Systems And Methods Therefor
27. EP1709645A1 Molecular Memory Devices And Methods
28. US20060209587 High density memory device
29. US 7074519 Molehole embedded 3-D crossbar architecture used in electrochemical molecular memory device
30. US 7061791 High density molecular memory device
31. US 7042755 High density non-volatile memory device
32. US20060092687 Molecular memory devices and methods
33. US20060081950 Molehole embedded 3-D crossbar architecture used in electrochemical molecular memory device
34. WO/2006/031260A2 Molecular Memory And Processing Systems And Methods Therefor
35. WO/2006/031260A3 Molecular Memory And Processing Systems And Methods Therefor
36. EP1449218A4 Molehole Embedded 3-D Crossbar Architecture Used In Electrochemical Molecular Memory Device
37. EP1210714A4 High Density Non-Volatile Memory Device
38. US20050270820 Molecular memory
39. US20050243597 Systems, tools and methods for production of molecular memory
40. US20050207208 Situ patterning of electrolyte for molecular information storage devices
41. US20050185447 Open circuit potential amperometry and voltammetry
42. WO/2005/073976 Molecular Memory Devices And Methods
43. US20050162895 Molecular memory arrays and devices
44. US 6921475 Open circuit potential amperometry and voltammetry
45. EP1543153A2 Electrochemical Detection Of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPS)
46. US20050062097 Method and system for molecular charge storage field effect transistor
47. WO/2005/017953A2 In Situ Patterning of Electrolyte For Molecular Information Storage Devices
48. US20050041494 High density non-volatile memory device
49. EP1196636A4 Spatially-Encoded Analyte Detection
50. EP1474832A1 Method And System For Molecular Charge Storage Field Effect Transistor
51. EP1449218A2 Molehole Embedded 3-D Crossbar Architecture Used In Electrochemical Molecular Memory Device
52. US 6728129 Multistate triple-decker dyads in three distinct architectures for
information storage applications
53. US 6674121 Method and system for molecular charge storage field effect transistor
54. WO/2003/104420 Electrochemical Detection Of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms
55. US 6657884 High density non-volatile memory device
56. WO/2003/085752 Molehole Embedded 3-D Crossbar Architecture Used In Electrochemical Molecular Memory Device
57. US20030169618 Multistate triple-decker dyads in three distinct architectures for information storage applications
58. WO/2003/071552 Multistate Triple-Decker Dyads In Three Distinct Architectures For Information Storage Applications
59. WO/2003/052835 Method And System For Molecular Charge Storage Field Effect Transistor
60. US20030111670 Method and system for molecular charge storage field effect transistor
61. US20030104386 Methods for the specific detection of redox-active tags and
62. WO/2003/038886 Formation of Self-Assembled Monolayers on Silicon Substrates
63. US20030082444 Molehole embedded 3-D crossbar architecture used in electrochemical molecular memory device
64. US20030081463 Formation of self-assembled monolayers of redox SAMs on silicon for molecular memory applications
65. WO/2003/021010 Methods For The Specific Detection of Redox-Active Tags and the Use Thereof for Capillary Gel Electrophoresis and DNA Sequencing
66. US20020180446 Open Circuit Potential Amperometry and Voltammetry
67. US20020154535 High Density Non-Volatile Memory Device
68. WO/2002/077633 Open Circuit Potential Amperometry and Voltammetry
69. US20020076714 Spatially-encoded Analyte detection
70. EP1210714A2 High Density Non-Volatile Memory Device
71. US 6381169 High Density Non-Volatile Memory Device
72. EP1196636A1 Spatially-Encoded Analyte Detection
73. US 6324091 Tightly coupled porphyrin macrocycles for molecular memory storage
74. US 6294392 Spatially-encoded analyte detection
75. US 6208553 High density non-volatile memory device incorporating thiol-derivatized porphyrins
76. EP0995111A4 Detection of Purine and Pyrimidine Nucleotides and Underivatized Nucleic Acids by Sinusoidal Voltammetry
77. WO/2001/007653A1 Spatially-Encoded Analyte Detection
78. WO/2001/003126A2 High Density Non-Volatile Memory Device
79. EP0995111A1 Detection of Purine and Pyrimidine Nucleotides and Underivatized Nucleic Acids by Sinusoidal Voltammetry
80. US 5958215 Detection of purine and pyrimidine nucleotides and underivatized nucleic acids by sinusoidal voltammetry
81. WO/1999/004250 Detection of Purine and Pyrimidine Nucleotides and Underivatized Nucleic Acids by Sinusoidal Voltammetry
82. US 5650061 Large amplitude sinusoidal voltammetry
83. RE35157 Means and method for capillary zone electrophoresis with laser-induced indirect fluorescence detection
84. WO/1994/015205 Fabrication of Electrochemical Detector for Capillary Electrophoresis
85. US 5244560 Method of fabrication for capillary electrophoresis and electrochemical detector for the same
86. US 5006210 Means and method for capillary zone electrophoresis with laser-induced indirect fluorescence detection

Selected Publications
Journals
  1. Kuhr, Werner G.; Gallo, Antonio R.; Manning, Robert W.; Rhodine, Craig W.. (2004). "Molecular memories based on a CMOS platform, MRS Bulletin", 29(11) 838-842.
  2. Goronkin, Herb; Yang, Yang; Akerman, Johan; Arimoto, Yoshihiro; Avci, Uygar; Brown, Philip; Butcher, Brian; Dave, Renu W.; DeHerrera, Mark; Durlam, Mark; Engel, Brad N.; Fazio, Al; Gallo, Antonio R.; Grynkewich, Greg; Hudgens, Stephen; Ishiwara, Hiroshi;. (2004). "High-performance emerging solid-state memory technologies, MRS Bulletin", 29(11) 805-813.
Conference Proceedings
  1. S. Shi, T. Wei, Z. Liu, C. Rhodine and W. Kuhr. (2008). "Molecular Modification of PCB Substrates for Fine Line Patterning: Demonstration of High Peel Strength, Low Surface Roughness and HAST Survivability of Molecular Modified Surfaces, Microelectronics Assembling and Packaging", 55-56.
  2. S. Shi, T. Wei, Z. Liu, C. Rhodine, W. Kuhr and S. Nakamura. (2009). "Molecular Modification of PCB Substrates: Demonstration of HAST Survivability of Fine-Line Patterned Structures", International Conference on Electronic Packaging. 818-823.
Presentation/Meeting
  1. S. Shi, T. Wei, Z. Liu, C. Rhodine and W. Kuhr. (2010). "Impact of Molecular Interface on Copper after Epoxy Lamination and HAST Testing, 24th Japan Institute of Electronics Packaging (JIEP) Annual Meeting".