Meet Our People

About Us

CSD is comprised of an eclectic mix of scientists, researchers, professors and business professionals. Located in the outskirts of Corvallis, Oregon, our people are constantly being inspired by the beauty of our natural surroundings. With our first product -- MoreSun Anti-reflective Coating for Solar Modules -- we are proud to be in the business of generating an additional 3 Gigawatts of power globally from existing solar power plants. In this way, we are enthusiastically pursuing the concept of Doing Well While Doing Good.

Management & Technical Team

Paul Ahrens


President / CEO

Paul Ahrens

President / CEO

Paul Ahrens joined the CSD team in 2011, and has been leveraging his extensive experience to guide the final development and launch of the MoreSun ARC product line. Paul’s previous roles have included VP, Engineering & Technology and CEO at Synthetech, a successful fine chemical engineering startup, as well as leadership roles at several other chemical companies. Paul is an inventor, a patent-holder and holds a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

Seung-Yeol Han, PhD


Director of R&D

Seung-Yeol Han, PhD

Director of R&D

Dr. Seung-Yeol Han is CSD’s Director of Research & Development and the inventor of the MoreSun ARC product. Prior to the formation of CSD Nano, Dr. Han was a professional research associate and scholar at Oregon State University and is an expert in the synthesis and deposition of nano-thin films for photovoltaic cells and other substrates. Dr. Han is a prolific author of technical papers, a multiple patent holder and holds a PhD from OSU in Chemical Engineering.

Adam Gage


R&D Engineer

Adam Gage

R&D Engineer

Adam Gage joined the CSD Nano team as an R&D Engineer after graduation in May 2013. His role as an R&D Engineer has focused on the optimization of thin film chemical solution deposition processes. Much of his work has gone into the development of a novel application system used to apply MoreSun anti-reflective coating to solar panels in the field. Adam received his Bachelor's of Science in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University.


Advisors

Chih-hung Chang, PhD


Prof., Chemical Engineering

Chih-hung Chang, PhD

Prof., Chemical Engineering

Dr. Chih-hung Chang is the Founder, and currently an advisor, Board Member and CSO for CSD Nano. Dr. Chang is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at OSU and an expert in the synthesis and deposition of nanocrystalline materials. Dr. Chang is also the Founder of Nanobits, Inc. and Director of the Oregon Process Innovation Center for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing. Dr. Chang holds a BSc of Chemical Engineering, as well as a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Brian Paul, PhD


Prof., Manuf. Engineering

Brian Paul, PhD

Prof., Manuf. Engineering

Dr. Brian Paul is an advisor, Board Member and CTO for CSD. Dr. Paul is the Tom and Carmen West Faculty Scholar and Professor of Manufacturing Eng. at OSU and an expert in the coating of nano-structures and synthesis of nano-particles. Dr. Paul is also Director of the Microproducts Breakthrough Institute, a facility for the commercialization and scale-up of OSU R&D. Dr. Paul has engineering degrees from Wichita State and Arizona State Univ., and a PhD in Industrial Eng. from Penn State.

Jimmy Yang, PhD


Professor of Finance

Jimmy Yang, PhD

Professor of Finance

Dr. Jimmy Yang is an advisor, Board Member and CFO for CSD. Dr. Yang is an Assoc. Professor of Finance at OSU and an expert in business finance and debt, equity and venture capital structures for small businesses. Dr. Yang also performs committee chair and advisory roles for several prominent organizations including the MBA Integrated Business Project and the Oregon State Investment Group. Dr. Yang holds a BA in Public Finance and MBA, as well as a PhD in Finance from the Univ. of Cincinnati, Ohio.

John de Vos, PE, PMP, MBA


Mechanical Engineer

John de Vos, PE, PMP, MBA

Mechanical Engineer

John de Vos has over 24 years experience in several high tech industries in various management and business development roles. John has also held a number of engineering design, product manufacturing, and research and development positions and holds 19 patents. In addition to advising the CSD Nano Team, John is currently providing lead program project management services for a cutting-edge startup in the nuclear energy industry.