About

Mission

Amethyst Research Inc. “brings solutions to light” by providing effective, efficient opto-electric materials, services and device technology that differentiate your products. Our goal is to provide cost-effective products and services along with the expertise and collaboration needed to create and commercialize innovative opto-electric products.

 

Company History

Amethyst Research Incorporated (Amethyst) was formed in 2004.  The initial mission was developing defect passivation technologies for improved operability of II-VI and III-V semiconductor FPA’s, sensors and detectors for DoD.  The company’s technology portfolio has since grown considerably to now include new infrared detector device design, materials growth, and analytical capabilities.  Amethyst’s development of ultra-high performance IR detectors has also resulted in development of high-resolution gas sensors based on these detectors. The company is a privately owned C corporation with its corporate headquarters located in Ardmore, Oklahoma and operations in both Ardmore and Austin Texas.  The Ardmore operation is centered on materials growth and analytics, while the Austin location focuses on IR detector processing and characterization as well as gas sensing systems. 

Management

Dr. Terry Golding, CEO, is a co-founder with over twenty years of experience in emergent sensor technology, including three years with the U.S. Army Night Vision Electronics Sensor Directorate (NVESD), and three years with NASA Center for Commercialization.  Dr Golding is a high impact researcher, communicator, and innovative business strategist with specialized expertise in leveraging a strong investigative research background to simultaneously improve the performance and reduce the price of solid-state sensors for deployment to government and commercial sectors.  Dr. Golding received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Cambridge University and has over 100 publications to his credit.  golding@amethystresearch.com 

Mr. Rob Kuester, Operations Manager, joined Amethyst as the first non-scientist hire in April 2006 following his return to college and a 24 year career in the U.S. Navy.  Enlisting in 1975, he received his commission as an officer in 1985 and managed all facets of on and off aircraft maintenance.  His fourteen years of direct involvement with infrared systems operation and maintenance lent favorably to his varied roles at Amethyst.  Originally hired for product development, he expanded that role into operations management overseeing business office operations, budgeting, contracting, and project progress tracking.  Mr. Kuester holds a BBA from the University of Central Oklahoma and serves as an Amethyst representative to Ardmore Chamber of Commerce functions.  kuester@amethystresearch.com
 

Scientists

Dr. Burt Fowler was previously CTO of PrivaTran, a small business developing advanced nonvolatile memory devices and read-out integrated circuits (ROICs) for IR focal plane arrays (FPAs). At PrivaTran Dr. Fowler obtained more than $4,500,000 in R&D funding over a 4-year timeframe where he produced a number of prototype devices.  At SemaTech and Motorola, Dr. Fowler was involved in the development of next-generation semiconductor microfabrication processes and six-sigma statistical process control methods for high-volume manufacturing.

Dr. Colin Wood received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Nottingham University with four decades experience in materials chemistry. He has employed his knowledge within various positions within academia, commercial enterprise, and the federal government.  He has 154 publications to his credit.   wood@amethystresearch.com

Dr. Ronald Hellmer’s research has helped to delineate the vital role and kinetics of grain boundary diffusion in the hydrogenation of polycrystalline silicon and he has helped develop technologies for hydrogenating very fragile materials such as HgCdTe without exposing the delicate surfaces to the harsh effects of standard hydrogenation methods.  Dr. Hellmer holds a B.A. in chemistry,  an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics, all from the University of New Mexico.   hellmer@amethystresearch.com

Dr. Khalid Hossain, Research Scientist and materials engineer, received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of North Texas.  He is an expert in the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor materials, and metal-silicide nanoclusters. Dr. Hossain developed a novel technique for synthesizing GeSi and Ge-thin film-on-insulator (GeOI). He offers vast experience in the design, execution, and analysis of experimental scientific and engineering research.  hossain@amethystresearch.com

Dr. Weerasinghe Priyantha has over a decade experience in nano-electronic materials synthesis and characterization, including MBE, Ion Beam, X-ray Reflectometry, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, Nuclear Reaction Analysis, MeV Ion Channeling, and Particle Induced X-ray Emission.  Dr. Priyantha holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Missouri and a B.S. in Physics from the University of Colombo.    Email priyantha@amethystresearch.com

 

Dr. Keith Jamison, Scientist, has been successful in transitioning technology developed under the SBIR program into commercial products.  In past work Dr. Jamison, as president of Faradox Energy Storage leveraged an OSD SBIR funded research program on high energy density film capacitors to raise an additional $1,000,000 from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.  Faradox developed high temperature film capacitors for the oil, gas and aerospace industries.  In 2012 Faradox licensed its technology to a mid sized capacitor company.  Dr. Jamison was CTO at Extreme Devices where he, along with the CEO, raised over $34 million in venture capital financing to develop field emission cathodes for CRTs.  Dr. Jamison was also Chief Scientist and Head of Cathode Development for SI Diamond Technology (SIDT) where he worked on development of a carbon based field emission cathode for flat panel displays.  During this period SIDT grew from a SBIR research house to a publicly traded company with a market capitalization of over $100 million at its peak.  

Dr. Jamison’s experience includes reactive sputter deposition of multiple oxide coatings, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth and characterization of diamond and amorphous carbon films, molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) of III-V semiconductor materials, and a variety of surface analytical techniques.  He has designed and constructed equipment necessary for these studies and numerous other UHV analytical chambers.  Dr. Jamison received a Ph.D. and M.A. degree in Physics from Rice University and has authored over thirty scientific publications in refereed journals.  He has fifteen issued patents with two others pending.  He received an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship, and has held various research positions at the University of Houston, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Munich. Email Dr. Jamison: jamison@amethystresearch.com