Dr. Alex Ignatiev

Chief Technology Officer
Lunar Resources, Inc.

Dr. Alex Ignatiev is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lunar Resources, Inc. In addition, he is currently an Emeritus Professor and the former Director of the Center of Advanced Materials at the University of Houston. Dr. Ignatiev has worked in the area of thin-film materials and devices for more than 40 years, and has worked in space technology development since 1986 when he conceived of the concept of thin-film growth in the ultra-vacuum of space. He was program director and PI on the Wake Shield Facility program, which flew on three Space Shuttle flights and demonstrated high quality thin film semiconductor fabrication in the vacuum of space. He also jointly developed the first concepts on the utilization of the vacuum on the Moon for the growth of thin-film solar cells. He has developed thin-film products including thin-film infrared (IR) detectors, thin-film solid oxygen fuel cells, and thick-film oxide superconductor wires.. He has numerous awards including having been elected to the International Academy of Astronautics and the Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences, and has been appointed World Class Professor at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, and Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Split, Yugoslavia.  Dr. Ignatiev holds a BS from University of Wisconsin, a Ph.D. from Cornell University, has 40 patents and over 320 publication, is on the editorial boards of two scientific journals, and is a member of 12 scientific societies.

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