About Us

Our mission is to democratize gas sensing to help people ensure healthy, safe, and fresh indoor spaces.

Leadership

Steve Yamamoto, Ph.D.

CEO

Steve has 25 years of experience in the semiconductor, sensor and wireless industries. As CEO of Matrix Sensors, Steve brings his results-oriented approach to guide the growth of the company by focusing on talent, technology innovation and customers. Prior to Matrix Sensors, Steve was VP of Business Development and VP of Operations at Qualcomm, as well as General Manager at KLA. Steve holds a Ph.D. in physics from UCSD and a MBA from SDSU.

Tom Carr, M.S.

VP Engineering

Tom brings over 35 years of experience as a technical leader in the semiconductor, biotech, nanotechnology, and industrial automation industries. Prior to Matrix Sensors he led the industrial automation and material modelling groups at Parker Hannifin’s Filtration Innovation Center. Tom was VP of Engineering and Process Development at FibeRio Technology, a start-up that successfully developed a high throughput method of manufacturing nanofibers for the filtration and biotech industries. He has also served in leadership rolls at KLA-Tencor, Life Technologies, and Eastman Kodak. Tom holds a BS in Analytical Chemistry and an MSEE.

Paul Wilkinson, Ph.D.

Director of Advanced Technologies

Paul has 10 years of experience developing commercial technology, with 18 total years of building expertise in the physical chemistry of electromechanical and optomechanical systems. As Director of Advanced Technology, he leads efforts to generate and demonstrate inventive approaches to practical, robust, and cost-effective chemical sensing architectures. Prior to Matrix Sensors, he was an NRC postdoctoral fellow in the mass and force group at NIST, where he developed novel measurement metrology of resonant systems. Paul holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UCLA.

Jessica Moreton, Ph.D.

Scientist

As a senior member of the technical staff, Jessie oversees Matrix Sensors’ MOF materials bench development team. Jessie holds a PhD in Chemistry from UC San Diego where she studied MOF/polymer composites with Professor Seth Cohen. Jessie was an NSF/ASEE Fellow under the Innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – a prestigious award that goes only to the top 5% of applicants across the U.S. She has 5 publications in the field of MOFs.


Ignacio Luz, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist

Ignacio has more than a decade of experience developing novel advanced technologies and nanostructured materials, including Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs), to solve complex technological challenges. Ignacio received his B.S. (Chemical Engineering) at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain, and his M.S. and Ph.D at the Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica, Spain. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2015, and as research chemist at RTI International in North Carolina from 2016 to 2021. Ignacio has generated up to 10 patents and 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals of high impact factor.


Advisors

Rick DeGabrielle

Executive Chairman

Rick has 35 years of experience with technology companies including over twenty years with venture backed start-us. As Executive Chairman at Matrix Sensors, Rick leads the business development and marketing functions by focusing on customers and strategic partners. Most recently, Rick was CEO of Arroyo Video Solutions a networking software company (acquired by Cisco Corp). Prior to Arroyo Rick was V.P Sales and Business Development of Catena Networks (acquired by Ciena Corp), VP Sales of AccessLan Corp, and Sales Director of Cascade Communications (IPO, acquired by Ascend Communications).Rick holds a B.A. in Marketing and an M.B.A. in Finance from California State University, Long Beach.

Russ Garcia

Russ has more than 30 years of experience in the electronic systems and semiconductor industries with a proven track record in executive leadership positions in both public and private companies. As CEO of Menlo Micro, Russ oversees the corporate direction and strategy of the company, focusing on leadership, technology innovation and customers. Prior to Menlo Micro, Russ founded nGeniSys, a consulting firm focused on the electronics, semiconductor and telecommunications industries. He was an Executive in Residence for GE Ventures from 2015 through 2016 and holds advisory and board of director positions at several venture backed companies. Prior to Menlo and nGeniSys, he held the position of EVP Marketing for Microsemi, where he led the integration Actel, Zarlink and Symmetricom, representing over $700M USD of M&A over a 4-year period. His leadership of those acquisitions led to operating income improvements in each case from low single digits to all greater than 25% operating profit.

Heiner Sussner

As Managing Director of Miramar Ventures and previously H&Q Asia Pacific, Heiner has worked over twenty years with founders and high tech entrepreneurs to build valuable companies from the ground up. He served on the board of many early stage companies, which later on were acquired by large public companies incl. Akamai, Cadence, Cisco, Fortinet, TDK, VMware and others. Before joining H&Q, Heiner was Director at IBM Research working with world-class scientists and engineers on advanced technologies for IBM’s storage products. Heiner graduated in physics from the Technical University of Munich and received his PhD in physics from the University of Konstanz and Grenoble. He is the author of numerous research publications and patents. For his work at IBM on high storage densities Heiner received the 1994 IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence.

Teoman Ustun

Teoman is a technical and visionary business leader with 20+ years of experience in product development, marketing, strategy, execution, M&A and partnership management with passion to grow and build new businesses, revenue generation models and talent. Currently, Teoman is the VP of Marketing and Product Development at Aceinna, a startup building high performance inertial measurement solutions and xMR current sensors. Prior to joining Aceinna, Teoman was the co-founder and CEO of Mulberry Sensors, a startup developing laser based, chip scale, high performance molecular sensors. Before Mulberry, he worked for 11 years at Analog Devices (ADI) where he directed advanced sensors organization, formulated and executed strategy, prioritized organic and inorganic sensor investments. Teoman also worked at Physical Sciences Inc. where he implemented manufacturing and quality processes that helped increase commercialization of high impact technologies. Teoman has an MBA from MIT, Sloan as well as an engineering management master from MIT.

Omar Yaghi

Omar M. Yaghi is the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley. He is widely known for pioneering several extensive classes of new materials: Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), and Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks (ZIFs). These materials have the highest surface areas known to date, making them useful for gas sensors, hydrogen and methane storage, carbon capture and conversion, water harvesting from desert air, and catalysis, to mention a few. Professor Yaghi received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has been honored with many awards for his scientific accomplishments. He has published over 300 articles and is listed among the most highly cited chemists worldwide.

Careers

We are looking for energetic self-starters to join our team!

Open Positions

- Sensor Development Engineer
- Senior Electrical/Electronics Engineer

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