Gerald Wayton has over 15 years of industrial experience in the chemical industry spanning research and development of materials and products, through scale-up and manufacturing. Dr. Wayton is an expert in polymer synthesis, developing materials competencies, and discerning chemical structure-property relationships. His experience includes condensation polymerizations, free-radical polymerizations, polymer modifications, and materials development of formulation additives. Dr. Wayton has extensive experience in the semiconductor industry, developing antireflection coatings and underlayers, topcoats, and photoresist products used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Product performance targets and improvements include: control over light absorbance, refractive index, adhesion, photo-stability, thermal stability, cross-link density, solubility, etch resistance, out-gassing, diffusion barrier performance, viscosity, topography coverage, lithographic performance, and defect reduction. Dr. Wayton’s experience through scale-up and manufacturing include: identifying critical-to-process and critical-to-product parameters, creating control plans and batch records, data documentation, capital investment, laboratory and equipment set up/integration, and safety/standard operating procedures/protocols.
Gerald Wayton received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Toledo in 1994, an M.A. in Chemistry from the University of Scranton in 1996, and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science from the University of Akron in 2000. Dr. Wayton worked for Rohm and Haas (later Dow Chemical) starting in 2000 before moving on to DuPont in 2013. As a principal technologist at Rohm and Haas, Dr. Wayton led the effort to develop a new class of antireflection coatings based on polyesters, which became the industry standard for key technology nodes in the fabrication of integrated circuits. At DuPont, Dr. Wayton was the lead technologist of the new start up Advanced Materials Lab, which was responsible for materials process development and performed as a pilot scale facility assigned to standard manufacturing protocol. Over his professional career, Dr. Wayton has been granted 10 US patents and numerous in-kind international patents, is a recipient of the 2005 Otto Haas Award for Technical Excellence, and a recipient of the 2014 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award granted on the behalf of Dow Chemical.