Energy Foundry

John Carlisle, PhD.

John is a physicist & entrepreneur with a strong passion about translating fundamental discoveries into game-changing products & companies.

Until recently he was founder & CTO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, which launched out of Argonne National Laboratory in late 2003. Launching ADT involved re-imagining the process of technology transfer at national laboratories, which enabled bench scientists to become equity founders of companies to actively help to commercialize their discoveries. The template he helped to establish has since been used as a model for other DOE labs in the US. He and several others were recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium in 2006 for this achievement.

Over 15+ years as co-Founder & CTO of ADT, he developed and brought to market four distinct product families based on a new synthetic diamond coating technology he co-developed at ANL, ultrananocrystalline diamond (UNCD). ADT today is profitable and the world leader in thin, smooth diamond coatings for industrial, semiconductor, nano-manufacturing, and water treatment applications.  From 2011-2014 he was GM of ADT’s environmental products division, which developed Diamonox(R), an electrochemical water treatment technology. Also in 2011 he served briefly as acting CEO, during which he successful closed ADT largest investment round as well as attracted a new CEO to join the company. During his tenure at ADT he also was responsible for the maintenance and expansion of ADT’s IP portfolio, and is an inventor on most of ADT’s 30+ patents that cover both the core UNCD technology and applications.

He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has over 240 publications in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous invited talks at international conferences. He has performed seminal work several fields in condensed-matter physics & materials science, including surface physics, soft-x-ray synchrotron radiation, and synthetic carbon materials. He is a recognized world leader in the science & technology of synthetic diamond thin films.