Alexander Bruccoleri, Ph.D.
Dr. Bruccoleri is the founder of Izentis LLC and the company’s engineering leader.
Dr. Bruccoleri is an expert in nanofabrication and has extensive experience in aerospace engineering. He conducted research on fabricating nanoscale gratings for x-ray spectroscopy as a Ph.D. student at MIT prior to starting Izentis. At MIT he also conducted research to investigate supersonic flow efficiency at low Reynolds numbers. Prior to MIT, Dr. Bruccoleri was an associate researcher at NASA Ames and conducted experiments on heat exchangers for beamed energy propulsion. He has hands-on experience in building aerospace hardware such as building composite components on the manned X-Racer rocket plane while at XCOR Aerospace.
Dr. Bruccoleri holds 2 U.S. patents and has authored/co-authored 32 scholarly articles. He holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department with his dissertation in the Space Nanotechnology Lab, an M.S. from MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab, a B.E. and B.A. in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College. He was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate fellow while at MIT.
Winston Chern, Ph.D.
Transistor and Nanofabrication Engineer
Dr. Chern is the company’s leader in semiconductor device physics and fabrication processing.
Dr. Chern is an expert in transistor design and fabrication including MOSFET and CMOS technology. As a Ph. D. student at MIT, he studied low-power transistor designs using various materials including Si, Ge and III-V compound semiconductors. He has fabricated strained germanium MOSFETS and tunnel field effect transistors to study the limits of alternate channel materials and transistor topologies. This work involved extensive experience with thin films, electron-beam and optical-projection lithography, reactive ion etching, planarization and metrology. He has conducted research on silicon field emission arrays as a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT and has demonstrated high-current, high-speed operation. Prior to MIT he studied mechanisms for metal-assisted etching of silicon in regards to solar cells and diffusion of metal nanoparticles at cryogenic temperatures.
Dr. Chern holds 4 U.S. patents and has authored/co-authored 20 scholarly articles. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department with his dissertation in the Microsystems Technology Laboratories and his B.S. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Anthony Zorzos, Ph.D.
Neuroscience and Fabrication Consultant
Dr. Zorzos is the company’s leader in neuroscience and a consultant in micro and nanofabrication.
Dr. Zorzos is an expert in neuroscience and nanofabrication. He has conducted research on developing technology for large-scale optogenetic-based functional brain mapping as an MIT Ph.D. student. This involved design and hands-on fabrication of integrated photonic neural probes for 3-D optical neural control. He also conducted research at MIT on applications for electrospray-based focused ion beams from ionic liquid ion sources. Prior to MIT he conduced research on micro-scale optical characterization of electrospray droplet emission via fluorescence microscopy, pulsed laser illumination, and 3-D holography techniques.
Dr. Zorzos holds 4 U.S. patents and has authored/co-authored 23 scholarly articles. He holds a Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab with his dissertation in the MIT Neuroengineering/Synthetic Neurobiology Lab, an M.S. from MIT’s Space Propulsion Lab, a B.S. in Physics from Brown University. He was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellow while at MIT.
Anjelica Molnar-Fenton is a mechanical engineer at Izentis LLC. She received a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Simmons University in 2017. At Simmons Anjelica minored in Chemistry and Computer Science. During her time at Simmons, she was an undergraduate researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Focused Ultrasound (FUS) Laboratory. While at Brigham and Women’s she worked on detecting intracranial hemorrhaging with transcranial ultrasound under Dr. Phillip Jason White. Currently she is working on mirror bonding techniques for x-ray optics as well as development of critical-angle transmission (CAT) gratings.
Brian Smallshaw is a nanofabrication engineer at Izentis LLC. He has experience fabricating diffraction gratings and semiconductors for astrophysical research. Brian graduated from Columbia University in 2019 with a B.A. in astrophysics, where he worked on the General Antiparticle Spectrometer (GAPS) mission. With GAPS, Brian researched and developed Si(Li) semiconductors, with a focus on lithium diffusion and resistivity testing, as part of an indirect dark matter detection experiment. He gained valuable microfabrication and data modeling skills during his two years with the group.