Materium Technologies

Our Team

Materium Technologies is a team of experienced, highly accomplished individuals dedicated to
building advanced computational tools to optimize material selection for clean energy applications. 

Scott Daniel

Scott Daniel

Co-Founder

Scott Daniel is an accomplished leader, who is well-versed in corporate and financial strategy.

He has over two decades of experience in Corporate and Investment Banking, most recently as the Head of Healthcare Corporate Banking at Deutsche Bank. Scott has led some of the largest and most complex financings and M&A transactions in history. 

Scott also served in the U.S. Navy on a Guided Missile Frigate, where he was decorated for his actions in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm.

He graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Economics, has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and recently completed a Master's degree from NJIT in Artificial Intelligence.

Sheldon Fereira

Co-Founder

Sheldon Fereira, a seasoned Data Analyst, holds dual Master's degrees in Data Science and Applied Physics from NJIT. 

His professional experience includes
significant roles as a Business Data Analyst and Data Analyst/Scientist, where he honed his skills in developing enterprise-level Python web applications and implementing sophisticated machine learning and deep learning models.

An expert in Python programming and machine learning, Sheldon developed the prototype for Materium Technologies' flagship technology. His expertise in data analytics and deep understanding of material science, are key drivers behind the company's innovation and progress.

Dr. N.M. Ravindra

Co-Founder and Senior Technical Advisor

Dr. N.M. Ravindra (Ravi) is a Professor of Physics at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Principal Investigator.

He was the Director, Interdisciplinary Program in Materials Science and Engineering at NJIT from 2009 to 2016 and Chair of the Physics Department from 2009 to 2013.

Ravi is the Founding Editor of Emerging Materials Research. He has been a frequent Guest Editor of JEM, the Journal of Electronic Materials; JOM; and several MDPI Journals. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals.

Before joining NJIT in 1987, Ravi had been associated with Vanderbilt University, the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina (MCNC), North Carolina State University, the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP-Trieste), Politecnico di Torino, and CNRS associated labs in Paris and Montpellier.

Ravi and his research team have published over 450 papers in international journals, books, and conference proceedings. His team has several pending and three issued patents. 

Ravi holds a PhD in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, and an MS and BS in Physics from Bangalore University.

Dr. Michael Jaffe

Technical Advisor

Dr. Michael Jaffe is a research professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NJIT and a Principal Materials Scientist.

He is the inventor of the High Modulus Low Shrinkage polyester tire cord product and process, which is still in commercial use. In addition, he led the group that researched, developed and commercialized the Vectra family of thermotropic polyesters and led research programs in areas ranging from ceramic fiber development, to high performance polymer blends to biomimetic approaches to materials design.

He is also a pioneer in the creation of chemical synthetic routes by which sugar-based chemicals can be used as building blocks to produce new monomers, polymers and additives for the commercial plastics and cosmetics industry, creating non-toxic alternatives based on renewable feed stocks.

With 23 patents and 19 book chapters, Mike has been a member of the National Materials Advisory Board, the Space Sciences Board, chairman of the U.S. International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and chairman of the Polymeric Materials: Science and the Engineering Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Mike has a BA in Chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.