“Exciting new research in nanotechnology draws on Nature’s intricacies—the strength of a spider’s silk, the self-cleaning abilities of lotus leaves, the amazing adhesion of the gecko’s feet—to develop self-cleaning surfaces and super-strong composites.”
Analyst Skye McClain, Ph.D., specializes in helping clients assess the business and production impacts of implementing a new material or processing method. Companies from a wide range of industries work with Dr. McClain to analyze the feasibility of new materials, evaluate processing methods, and assess acquisition opportunities. Dr. McClain also coordinates technical, business and patent experts for high profile advisory and research teams.
Dr. McClain, who earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, has collaborated with research companies and organizations that range from small biomedical startups to large adhesive companies and U.S. government research labs. He has particular expertise in the characterization of various surfaces to better understand the underlying chemistry associated with adhesion and catalytic activity.
Dr. McClain holds a bachelor’s degree in physical science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and spent six years as a Coast Guard officer.
Dr. McClain’s areas of expertise include surface analysis and characterization, polymer chemistry, inorganic chemistry, adhesive systems, and plasma physics. He has authored or co-authored papers on subjects that include photochemistry, polymer adhesives, metals, and activated carbons.
He is a member of the Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society and the International Dark-Sky Association, and is also an adjunct professor of chemistry at a local community college.
Dr. McClain has written or co-written papers that were published in journals including Chemistry of Materials, Inorganic Chemistry, Journal of Adhesion, and Langmuir.
He also has presented at the Proceedings of the ERDEC Scientific Conference on Chemical Defense Research, Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
In his spare time, Dr. McClain enjoys calligraphy, looking at the night sky with his telescope, and is an avid dart thrower.
Areas of Expertise
- Materials (Polymers & Ceramics)
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry
- Surface Analysis & Characterization
- Adhesive Systems
- Plasma Physics
- Advanced Materials
- Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Connecticut
- B.S., Physical Science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
- Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Manchester Community College
- Member, Connecticut Valley Section of the American Chemical Society
- Member, International Dark-Sky Association
Genuino, H.C.; Opembe, N.N.; Njagi, E.C.; McClain, S.; Suib, S.L.
“A Review of Hydrofluoric Acid and its Use in the Car Wash Industry”, Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, Vol. 18, Iss. 5, pp. 1529-1539, 2012
Park, SH, McClain, S, Tian, ZR, Suib, SL, Karwacki, C, “Surface and Bulk Measurements of Metals Deposited on Activated Carbon” Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 176-183, 1997 http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/cmatex/1997/9/i01/abs/cm9602712.html
McClain, S, “Chemical Modifications of Polymer Adhesive Systems and Surface Characterization of Metal Impregnated Activated Carbons:, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Connecticut, 1995
Fessehaie, MG, McClain, S, Barton, CL, Swei, GS, Suib, SL, “Ammonia Radio Frequency Plasma Treatment of Composite-Filled Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) and Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Laminated to Copper”, Langmuir, Vol. 9, pp. 3077-3084, http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/langd5/1993/9/i11/f-pdf/f_la00035a055.pdf?sessid=6006l3, 1993
McClain, S, Park, SH, Tian, ZR, Willis, WS, “Characterization of Carbon Impregnated with Metals”, Proceedings of the ERDEC Scientific Conference on Chemical Defense Research; Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, November 16-19, 1993
Ha, K, McClain, S, Suib, SL, Garton, A, “Adhesion to Sodium Naphthalenide Treated Fluoropolymers. Part I – Analytical Methodology”, Journal of Adhesion, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 169-184, 1991
Force, RK, Fessehaie, MG, Grosso, RP, Laliberte, JM, McClain, S, Willis, WS, Suib, SL, “In Situ Photodegradation of SnBr2”, Chemistry of Materials, Vol. 2, pp. 268-273, http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/cmatex/1990/2/i03/f-pdf/f_cm00009a016.pdf?sessid=6006l3, 1990
Force, RK, Fessehaie, MG, Grosso, R, McClain, S, Willis, WS, Suib, SL, “Photochemistry of Semiconductor Surfaces: In Situ Photoreduction of SnS2”, Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 29, pp. 1924-1929, http://pubs.acs.org/cgi-bin/abstract.cgi/inocaj/1990/29/i10/f-pdf/f_ic00335a032.pdf?sessid=6006l3, 1990