Professor, ETH Zurich; Cofounder of: Turbobeads GmbH, Nanograde AG, Smartodont GmbH and Novamem GmbH
Prof. W. J. Stark (1976) develops nanomaterial-based solutions for industrial and medical markets. He has commercialized over 20 products and cofounded six companies: Turbobeads GmbH makes magnetic chemicals (partially distributed by Sigma-Aldrich) and diagnostic metal nanomagnets. Nanograde AG provides over 1 Million customized nanoparticles for organic photovoltaics, sensors, and the chemical industry. FlamePowders AG has made large scale oxide nanopowders (stopped operation in 2006). (Bio)medical companies include smartodont GmbH (bioactive polymer implants, e.g. root canal treatments, 3D printed model teeth), novamem GmbH (water purification, nanofiltration), and Zurich Biomaterials GmbH (“bone wool”, an easy to shape dental and maxillofacial biomaterial).
Prof. Stark has formulated key mechanisms in nanomaterial/biology interactions that today form the regulatory basis for industrial nanotech products in Switzerland. He is inventor in > 20 patents and author of > 220 scientific articles. He is one of the most cited scientists globally (Thomson Reuters), and invited member of the New York Academy of Sciences.