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Manager, Process Engineering
Tom is Manager of the Scale Up Engineering Area at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. His group is responsible for developing, optimizing, and scaling up chemical processes for commercialization. They strive to design chemical processes that maximize sustainability and minimize manufacturing costs while meeting stringent quality targets. Tom received his B. Sc. (Engineering Chemistry) and Ph. D. (Chemical Engineering) from Queen's University. He holds 35 US patents in a variety of materials-related areas, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Tom joined XRCC in 1992.
Dr. Nan-Xing Hu is a Research Fellow with the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC). Since joining the center in 1994, he has been conducting materials research for a range of industrial applications, including organic electronics, xerographic consumables, and more recently in clean energy. Nan-Xing is one of the most prolific inventors in Xerox, being a named inventor over 280 U.S. patents. His technical innovation has been recognized in many awards, including the prestigious XIG (Xerox Innovative Group) Excellence in Science and Technology Award in 2011 for successful implementation of long-life photoreceptor technologies, The Anne Mulcahy Inventor Award (the highest Xerox intellectual award named in honor of Xerox retired chairman and chief executive officer Anne Mulcahy) in 2010, and The Excellence in Science and Technology Award in 1995 for his innovations in the design of high performance OLED materials.
Nan-Xing received his B.Sc. in applied chemistry from East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai, China) and Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Hiroshima University (Japan).
Senior R&D Manager, Systems Design Engineering
At the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), David drives the development of materials innovation through design, process engineering, and scale-up, bringing technologies from concept to commercialization for both Xerox and external clients. Currently David is Manager of the Systems Design Engineering (SDE) Group, and also leads XRCC’s Cleantech Program. He has brought enhanced focus to the development of novel continuous process intensification, as well as to early integration of techno‑economic analysis tools to de-risk research and commercialization pathways. David joined XRCC in 2011 following undergraduate and graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University and prior to managing the SDE group, he was Principal Engineer in Scale-up Engineering. He has published numerous journal articles and patents and has been recognized by Xerox Corporation for creation of a strategically important IP portfolio.
Sarah Vella is a Principal Scientist who joined XRCC in 2010. Her research has focused on the development of functional materials, as well as device fabrication, characterization, and validation for 3D printing and printed electronics. Sarah has led a number of project initiatives at XRCC including enabling technologies for photoreceptor overcoats and the development of a range of printable electronic inks. Sarah has also led and delivered a number of client projects related to printed electronic devices. She is currently leading one of the CCAMM projects with the NRC developing a sensing system using 3D printable piezoelectric materials. She is an author on 17 published articles and an inventor on over 50 US patents. Prior to joining XRCC, Sarah was an NSERC post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University working for Prof. George M. Whitesides in materials science. Sarah received her Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of Windsor, Canada, with Prof. Stephen J. Loeb studying supramolecular organic chemistry.