John Lettow is the co-founder and President of Vorbeck (@vorbeck), a high tech graphene materials startup that’s raised over $20.7M to bring the promising future of graphene to today. Today they have several product lines focused on antennas, RFIDs, wearables, conductive ink and of course composites.
NOTE: Vorbeck’s proprietary graphene material Vor-x® was developed in the Chemical Engineering Laboratories of Princeton University. The Princeton team’s pioneering work enables large-scale production of graphene, of which Vorbeck owns an exclusive license on the patented graphene technology.
Prior to Vorbeck, John was a cofounder and manager of core technology development for H2Gen Innovations. John has also performed extensive research on nano-materials and materials process development while doing his PhD at MIT, Masters at Cambridge and undergrad at Princeton.
In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:
- How graphene is poised to transform numerous industries
- Why graphene has taken awhile to come to market and where science fails
- The exciting advances in meta-materials and material science and what it means for society
- Why better tires trumps better batteries for fuel efficiency
- How to commercialize university research
- The future of wearable tech clothing and when it will happen
- Why John is tired of today’s consumer waste economy, and how to fix it
- How lifecycle design can decrease waste and increase function
- Why John is a bit worried about privacy in today’s social media era
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