David Tolfree Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director of Technopreneur Ltd, a consultancy company for the commercial exploitation of micro and nanotechnologies. David Tolfree is currently the European Vice-President of MANCEF (Micro and Nanotechnology Commercialisation Educational Foundation), an international body.
David Tolfree is a Chartered Physicist, a Fellow of the
During the period 1960-98, when David was employed as a Physicist by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the (CCLRC), he worked on experimental nuclear and particle physics projects, specialising in nuclear detector instrumentation. Later he established and managed research facilities at the CCLRC’s Daresbury National Laboratory and was appointed Senior Business Manager and Head of the European office at the Laboratory.
In 1994 he was the first to exploit the use of X-ray lithography using the Daresbury Synchrotron for fabricating precision microstructures and led a
In 1996, David was appointed member of a new body set up by the Government known as ‘The North West Faraday Network’. In 1998, the Network Board recommended the setting up of the company, Faraday Foresight Northwest Ltd (FFNW) to implement regional technology transfer policy. David was initially seconded from the CCLC to the company and later became a full-time Executive Director. In 1999, FFNW Ltd created the SMIDGEN (Small Microengineering-Intelligence-Design-Generation-Exploitation-Network) Consortium to drive the commercialisation of microsystems technology. This was acknowledged by the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry as an example of best practice and became the precursor to a number of other Government initiatives.
Through his consultancy company Technopreneur Ltd, David has provided consultancy to Government Departments, companies, and universities on micro-nanotechnology. This included submitting written evidence to a Government Committee set up to review the issues of nanoscale science and nanotechnology in the UK.
In 2004, David initiated a proposal to the UK Northwest Development Agency to create a National Microsystems Packaging Centre. This was accepted by the Agency and endorsed by the UK Government. Recent approval has been given to build the facility in the
David was the Co-Director of the international COMS2005 conference at
Important ArticlesCommercializing Micro-Nanotechnology Products; Limiting factors in the production of deep microstructures, 1999.
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