SynMatter Executive Team
Jun Zhang, Ph.D.
CEO & Chief Scientist
Dr. Zhang holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, a Master of Materials Physical Chemistry as well as a Master of Materials Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.
During her extensive career as a materials scientist, Dr. Zhang has developed numerous new technologies which have resulted in 8 patents and over 30 peer-reviewed publications, including the cover article for the prestigious Advanced Materials journal. After graduating from the University of Central Florida, Dr. Zhang was awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, where she developed a patent pending method for encapsulating a wide variety of organic and inorganic compounds into controlled release microparticles. This led to the founding of SynMatter, LLC which is focused on the commercialization of next-generation corrosion-inhibiting, antifouling and absorbent additives for coatings based on the encapsulation technology.
In the capacity of CEO and Chief Scientist at SynMatter LLC, Dr. Zhang directs the research vision and its successful development in multiple fields of application.
JT Folsom-Kovarik, Ph.D.
Dr. Folsom-Kovarik holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
By pursuing research funding in a competitive small business environment, he has gained experience in managing approximately a dozen advanced science and technology projects each worth between several thousands to millions of dollars.
Dr. Folsom-Kovarik serves as the Chief Operating Officer of SynMatter LLC and as such supports, monitors, and ensures that the research and development vision is appropriately resourced and managed to deliver success.
Benny Pearman, Ph.d.
CBO & Lead Scientist
Dr. Pearman holds a Master of Chemistry with First-Class Honors and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Materials Science.
He has published three peer-reviewed papers and presented at numerous national & international conferences. In 2013, Dr. Pearman was awarded a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center where he spent three years analyzing and modifying materials produced from the patent pending encapsulation method. In 2016, he joined SynMatter LLC to push forward the commercialization of next-generation corrosion-inhibiting, antifouling and absorbent additives for coatings based on the encapsulation technology.
In the capacity of Chief Business Officer and Lead Scientist, Dr. Pearman leads the formation and execution of business and government research partnerships.