Executive Team

Andrew Dadson

Andrew Dadson

General Manager

Andrew Dadson is the General Manager of US Synthetic’s newest division, Diamond Analytics. Since 2005, he has worked at US Synthetic in multiple capacities. Most recently he headed up new business development and, in that role, helped open the door for US Synthetic's entry into its newest field -- separation science. Mr. Dadson has been responsible for developing the application of polycrystalline diamond in HPLC and other applications. Prior to his time at US Synthetic, Andrew spent two years at Combustion Resources, a comprehensive engineering services company focused on energy, fuels and combustion. He analyzed various synthetic fuels, including coal and other chemicals, using relevant analytical techniques such as GC and other important analytical techniques.

Mr. Dadson received his Bachelor of Science degree (Honors) and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. His undergraduate studies focused on chemical engineering, which culminated in a thesis on supercritical water oxidation. He has done extensive research on TLC and LC since his days as an undergraduate in the labs of Dr. Steven Flemming. Andrew is the author, inventor or co-inventor of several scientific papers and issued/pending patents.

Janusz Zukowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Janusz Zukowski

Senior Methods Development Scientist

Dr. Zukowski serves as the Senior Methods Development Scientist at Diamond Analytics. Dr. Zukowski joined the Diamond Analytics team with a focus on development of separation methods for pharmaceutical drug compounds (APIs) and other analytes.

Dr. Zukowski has over 20 years of work experience in HPLC methods development, separations, detection and trouble-shooting. His major achievements have been: development of polar organic mobile phase systems for chiral separations, fingerprinting HPLC methodology for detection at low parts per trillion of route-specific impurities in Clavulanate/Amoxicillin formulations and recently the invention of a solid fluorescence method for trace detection of mycotoxins. Dr. Zukowski brings extensive experience in HPLC separation techniques for new drugs and impurities, column packing, sample preparations, bioactive compounds trace analysis, etc.

During his career, Dr. Zukowski has served as a senior research scientist at ToxiMet, principal scientist at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), research associate at the University of Missouri-Rolla and senior research assistant at the Institute of Physical Chemistry. Dr. Zukowski’s work has been published in 44 different journals and books including Chirality, Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Chromatography, and US Pharmacopeia.

Dr. Zukowski holds a master’s degree in chemistry from Warsaw University of Technology and a doctorate degree in chemistry from the Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences. He also completed a post doc at the University of Missouri-Rolla working with Prof. Daniel Amstrong and others on biologically-relevant separations and separation of novel enantiomeric compounds.

Dennis Claspell

Dennis Claspell

Head of Sales and Product Marketing

Dennis Claspell joined Diamond Analytics in 2015 as the Head of Sales and Product Marketing. His focus is to understand the needs of the market and ensure that Diamond Analytics products continue to exceed expectation.

Mr. Claspell brings more than 18 years of Chromatography experience to Diamond Analytics. Prior to joining the company he worked as the Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Gilson, Inc. where he was able to help develop a global reach and work closely with customers to provide system solutions. He also worked at Restek as the Director of Marketing where he was a key member of the Executive Team. He worked on expanding their global reach as well as launching several new products. Most recently, Mr. Claspell worked for MityLite (a Utah based manufacturing company) as the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Product Development where he was influential in creating a multi-year strategic plan along with the development and launch of several new products.

Mr. Claspell earned his Bachelor degree from Columbia College Chicago in Marketing and Business where he was the President of the Direct Marketing Association.

David Jensen, Ph.D.

Dr. David Jensen

Research & Development Scientist

Dr. David Jensen, the newest member of the Diamond Analytics’ team, serves as the Research & Development Scientist. During his doctorate studies, Dr. Jensen became familiar with Diamond Analytics and their revolutionary ideas in chromatography through the relationship between his school, Brigham Young University, and company. After numerous hours of research and development on products, submitting numerous patents, completing a dissertation on chromatographic applications and receiving his PhD in chemistry and biochemistry from BYU, Dr. Jensen was hired by Diamond Analytics to continue his research into novel chemistries and the development of new applications.

Dr. Jensen has presented at Pittcon on a number of occasions as well as the annual HPLC Symposium. He has also had multiple papers in such publications as Journal of Chromatography, LCGC North America and Analytical Chemistry.

Marc Modersitzki

Marc Modersitzki

Director of Marketing

Marc Modersitzki brings extensive marketing background to the Diamond Analytics team with 20 years of technology management and commercialization experience in advertising, marketing communications, public relations and project management. Mr. Modersitzki has served as a managing supervisor at McCann Erickson, a marketing director at Sprout Marketing, a product marketing manager at The SCO Group, and a senior account executive at Brodeur Worldwide—working with technology clients including IBM, Microsoft, Micron, Novell, etc.

Mr. Modersitzki holds an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA in technology management and commercialization from Westminster College.

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Dr. Michael Vail

Director of Research and Development

Dr. Michael Vail received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Utah. Upon graduation, Dr. Vail joined a large chemical firm in their research and development department and worked on synthesizing novel compounds for testing as plant growth regulators, herbicides and insecticides. After working in the chemical industry for a number of years, Dr. Vail returned to Utah to attend graduate school in mechanical engineering at the University of Utah. The focus of Dr. Vail’s master's and PhD work was in the fields of applied mechanics, materials, and fracture mechanics. Upon graduation, Dr. Vail started work in the High Pressure (1 million psi) High Temperature (1400°C) synthetic diamond industry at Dimicron, a start-up company associated with US Synthetic -- focusing on the application of HPHT in the medical field. After applying his trade to the medical arena, Dr. Vail came to US Synthetic as the Senior Research Engineer on the Basic Research Team. While working on this team, Dr. Vail began the work of applying diamond technology to the chemistry field, specifically separation science.

Dr. Vail has spent 17 years in the HPHT industry. Today, Dr. Vail currently serves as the Director of Research and Development for Diamond Analytics, the separation science branch of US Synthetic. Dr. Vail is currently an inventor on 22 patents, which include 5 patents as sole inventor.

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Dr. Matt Linford

Principal Researcher (BYU)

Dr. Matt Linford serves as an associate professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at Brigham Young University. His expertise includes surface modification and characterization. He also has expertise in studying organic thin films (monolayer and polymer), modifying silicon, diamond, silicon oxide, gold, and polymers, surface patterning, surface organic chemistry, thin film deposition with silanes, alkenes, thiols, and by sputtering. He has overseen researchers in liquid chromatography (HPLC and TLC) and solid phase extraction (SPE), developed hydrophobic coatings for various materials, researched materials for optical data storage, and performed surface analysis by XPS, ToF-SIMS, wetting, optical ellipsometry, and FTIR.

During his career, Dr. Linford has been involved in the invention and development of Hydrapel technology and has extensive experience in technology startups as well as in the textiles industry. He holds 13 patents and has co-founded and been on the board of directors for three start-up companies, including: Xeromax Sciences (2009), Millenniata (2007) and LaserArray Technologies (2006). Before joining Brigham Young University, Dr. Linford worked as the Director of Research at Nano-Tex, LLC., a senior scientist/consultant at Praelux, Inc., and as a senior scientist at Rohm & Haas Co.

Dr. Linford holds a PhD in Chemistry and an MS in Materials Sciences from Stanford University. He received a bachelor's degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Chemistry from BYU.

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Dr. Timothy Barder

Senior Business Consultant

Dr. Timothy Barder serves as a strategic business consultant at Diamond Analytics. Dr. Barder began working with the Diamond Analytics team in 2012.

Dr. Barder has more than 29 years of experience in chemistry and analytical biochemistry research and development, business development and project management. His expertise includes discovery, development, and commercialization of new technologies in liquid chromatography and separation science. He has managed research and development programs spanning the range of large-scale oil, refining chemistry processes to cancer biomarker discovery and advanced protein detection tools for use in hospital settings.

During his career, Dr. Barder founded and managed multiple companies in the life science industry, including: Promigen Life Sciences, LLC, a company offering next generation Protein separation tools including novel reverse phase protein microarrays, and MICRA Scientific, Inc., a company focused on providing innovative HPLC products for pharmaceutical and biotech separation needs. Dr. Barder has also served as vice president of research and development at Eprogen, Inc., and senior research scientist and business development manager at Allied Signal and UOP.

Dr. Barder has been awarded numerous patents, has been published in more than 25 scientific publications and is currently a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemists. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of St. Thomas and a Doctorate degree in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University.

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Dr. Ken Bertagnolli

Vice President of Research and Development

Dr. Ken Bertagnolli has worked closely with Diamond Analytics, a US Synthetic company, since 2006. Dr. Bertagnolli joined US Synthetic Corp. in 1996 and has been directing the company’s research efforts since October 2001..

At US Synthetic, Dr. Bertagnolli and his team have achieved industry-leading performance of polycrystalline diamond cutters (PDC) through continual innovation and a broad understanding of polycrystalline diamond and high-pressure high-temperature technology. The result has been unprecedented growth in both revenue and market share. New PDC products account for 80% of the company’s revenue and have generated over 30% annual earnings growth since 2001. US Synthetic is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of PDC inserts for the oil and gas drilling industry.

Dr. Bertagnolli has a background in diamond chemical vapor deposition (CVD), laser diagnostics and numerical modeling. He designed and built a CVD system to grow polycrystalline diamond films from an acetylene flame as part of his doctoral research.

Dr. Bertagnolli received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University in Logan. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Utah and has been issued 14 patents related to PDC.

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Dr. Chengkun Xu

Senior Research Engineer

Dr. Chengkun Xu serves as a senior research engineer at Diamond Analytics. Dr. Xu joined the Diamond Analytics team in 2013 with a focus on development of novel particles for chromatography.

Dr. Xu has more than 10 years of research experience in materials synthesis including expertise in hydrothermal processes, sol-gel, and wet chemical synthesis. Additionally, Dr Xu is a specialist in various thin film deposition techniques (electroplating, electroless plating, anodizing, sputtering and e-beam evaporation). He is also an expert in Materials Characterization.

During his postdoctoral work, Dr. Xu has served as a researcher at the University of California Los Angeles, an electrochemistry researcher at Duquesne University, and a research associate and chemical engineering materials scientist at the University of Pittsburgh. His work has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of American Chemical Society, Journal of Physical Chemistry, and Nanotechnology.

Dr. Xu holds a BS in Chemistry, an MS in chemical engineering, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Northeastern University.