Rina Carlini, PhD
President & Founder
Rina Carlini is an accomplished leader in science & technology innovation with nearly 20 years of industry experience in applied materials science (nanotechnology, sustainability, polymers, biomaterials), product development, B2B technology commercialization, managing innovation, IP strategy, and building industry-university partnerships. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from University of Waterloo. Her professional career includes experience in pharmaceutical drug discovery R&D (Merck-Frosst, Syntex), as Principal in materials science and nanotechnology at Xerox, and as Director of Commercial Development at GreenCentre Canada for commercialization of green sustainable technologies. Rina has proven experience in developing new concepts from the lab to market, and has commercialized specialty materials for several award-winning products. She has directed many corporate innovation programs including a large open innovation partnership with Canada's National Institute for Nanotechnology, and a global innovation program at Xerox to fund emerging technology projects. Rina is an accomplished industrial scientist who holds over 90 patents and pending applications, authored more than 15 papers and conference proceedings, and was the recipient of the 2012 Canadian Society for Chemistry - Clara Benson Award for her significant contributions made to chemistry in Canada. She serves on the boards of Nano Ontario, the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology, and NSERC’s Advisory Committee for University-Industry Grants. She participates regularly in science outreach events with the Chemical Institute of Canada, and is actively supports career development and coaching of scientists.
Credentials & Specialties
Honors & Awards
Rina has authored more than 15 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings.
R. Carlini, T.J. Clark, Y. Yang. (2014). Novel catalysts for producing high-value biodegradable polylactic acid. Biopolymers Symposium, May 13, 2014 (Philadelphia, USA).
A. Soleimani , S. Drappel , R. Carlini , A. Goredema , E.R. Gillies*; Structure-Property Relationships for a Series of Poly(ester amide)s Containing Amino Acids. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2014), 53(4), 1452-1460.
D. A. Makeiff, R. Carlini. Nanostructured Organogel Networks Self-Assembled from Alkylated Isophthalic Acid and Benzimdizalone Compounds. 2011 NSTI Nanotech Conference & Exhibition, Paper #1134, Boston, MA, June 15, 2011.
R. Carlini, D.A. Makeiff, C. G. Allen, S. J. Gardner, F. Paraguay-Delgado, M. Malac, P. Li. Engineered Pigment Nanoparticles: Bottom-up Synthesis, Characterization, and Performance Properties. 2011 NSTI Nanotech Conference & Exhibition, Paper #1249, Boston, MA, June 15, 2011.
R. Carlini, K. Higgs, R. Rodrigo, N. Taylor. Three-Step Syntheses of Naphthofurans and Phenanthrofurans Related to (-)-Morphine from ortho-Benzoquinone Monoketals by Diels-Alder and Cope Reactions. J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun., 1998, 65.
Rina is the inventor of over 90 patents and pending applications.
Oligomeric rosin esters for use in inks. U.S. Pat. #8,969,611; March 3, 2015 (Xerox Corporation).
Phase change inks containing crystalline trans-cinnamic diesters and amorphous isosorbide oligomers. U.S. Patent # 8,968,452 ; March 3, 2015 (Xerox Corporation).
Ink compositions incorporating ester resins, ink jet device and printing method. U.S. 8,936,359, Jan. 20, 2015 (Xerox Corporation).
Method of making nanosized particles of phthalocyanine pigments. U.S. Patent # 8,809,523; Aug. 19, 2014 (Xerox Corporation).
Self-Assembled Nanostructures. U.S. Patent # 8,703,988; Apr. 22, 2014 (Xerox Corporation).
Organogel compositions comprising alkylated aromatic acids. U.S. Pat. Appln 2013-0158135, June 20, 2013 (Xerox Corporation and National Research Council of Canada).
Processes for producing polyester latexes with bio-based solvents. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 20120135346, May 31, 2012 (Xerox Corporation).
Nanosized particles of phthalocyanine pigments. US Patent #8,168,359; May 1, 2012 (Xerox Corporation).
Non-Aqueous Compositions Containing Nanosized Particles of Monoazo Laked Pigment. US Patent #7,834,072; Nov.16, 2010 (Xerox Corporation).