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Robert F. Praino Jr.

Executive Advisory Board

Center for Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Soft Materials


Co-Founder, Chasm Technologies


Bob has 35 years of experience developing and manufacturing products utilizing film coating processes.  His career path prior to Chasm includes assignments at Stone & Webster Engineering, Polaroid Corporation, Presstek, Vitex Systems, and Precision Lithograining. Bob has a BS and MS in chemical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and MBA from Boston University.  He co-founded Chasm in March 2005 to apply his experience in coated film products and associated science and engineering to develop commercially viable pathways to product applications, beginning with a wide range of “nano-materials” and “nano-technologies.”  The applications for these technical areas have included flat panel displays, fuel cells, photovoltaics, film substrate development, optical film development, carbon nanotube applications, life sciences, and nano-imprint lithography.  In addition to the process work in these areas, Chasm has designed and managed capital equipment projects totaling more than $10 million for roll-to-roll coating lines and nano-material manufacturing facilities.  Bob is member of the Society for Information Displays and the American Chemical Society.