Leadership

Bruce Tatarchuk, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Tatarchuk received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1981 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Auburn University in Auburn, AL, in 1982. He co-founded IntraMicron in 2001 as an industrial partner dedicated to commercializing microfibrous materials technology developed and enhanced by Auburn University. In addition to his roles as founder, CEO and CTO of IntraMicron, Dr. Tatarchuk currently serves as the Director of the Center for Microfibrous Materials Manufacturing, a designated Auburn University Research Center. His research interests include surface science of solids and surface spectroscopic/analytical techniques; heterogeneous reactive systems: catalysts & catalysis; electrochemical systems & electrode materials; sorption and sorbent materials; battery, fuel cell and device electrodes; hybrid electrical and electrochemical power systems; on-demand fuel reforming/processing for fuel cell applications; and microfibrous materials. Dr. Tatarchuk and his collaborators hold over forty U.S. and foreign patents involving the microfibrous entrapment of small reactive particulates within highly porous networks of sintered fibrous carriers.

Troy Barron

Manager of Manufacturing Operations

Mr. Barron received his B.S. in Pulp & Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 1993. In 1995 he took a Process Engineering and Maintenance position at the MicroMetal Fibers division of Ribbon Technology of Gahanna, OH.  Troy used his background in paper (a non-woven media) at MicroMetal Fibers to produce bundle drawn metal fiber for the manufacture of metal non-wovens (mostly filter media).  The division was spun off as its own company MicroMetal Fibers, Inc. in 1997 then acquired by IntraMicron, Inc. in 2002.  In 2003 IntraMicron, Inc. moved Troy and the production equipment to Auburn, AL where he set up the new manufacturing facility he currently runs. His focus has shifted to Research & Development of composite non-woven media while maintaining metal fiber production.  He explores new media formulations and tests their viability on IntraMicron’s pilot scale non-woven machine as well as, developing test equipment, procedures, and test data for composite media made from a combination of various fibers and particulates.  He has a strong track record of simulation, development, and implementation of processes and process controls.

Hongyun Yang, Ph.D.

Senior Research and Development Engineer

Dr. Yang received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2007 from Auburn University under the tutelage of Dr. Tatarchuk and joined IntraMicron shortly thereafter. He is a Senior R&D Engineer leading the research and development of microfibrous entrapped catalysts and microfibrous entrapped sorbents for heterogeneous catalytic/sorptive reactions at IntraMicron. The primary focus of his work includes the development of novel functional catalyst structures, innovative sorbent/adsorbent materials, reactor and process design, alternative fuel production, and sulfur removal from fuel streams such as reformates and liquid fuels. He manages several desulfurization and alternative fuel synthesis R&D projects at IntraMicron. He has authored more than fifteen publications, including nine journal articles and three provisional patent applications, as well as various presentations.

Paul S. Dimick, PhD.

Research and Development Engineer

Dr. Dimick joined IntraMicron, Inc. in 2010 as a R&D Engineer to research and develop microfibrous entrapped catalysts and microfibrous entrapped sorbents. Prior to joining IntraMicron, Dr. Dimick was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate developing catalysts for mixed alcohol synthesis from syngas.  He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University 2010 where he developed a microstructure-based method to design and synthesize surface tailored bimetallic catalysts.  His major research interests are heterogeneous catalysis, alcohol synthesis, and catalytic CO and NOx removal. He has authored over ten publications including eight peer-reviewed journal articles.