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About Us

Dark Matter Materials Inc. was incorporated in July 2022, as a spin-off from the University of Alberta, Dept. of Chemistry. DMM was founded with proprietary technologies for energy-efficient carbonization and catalytic gasification of industrial process waters, producing carbon-free dry tailings and hydrogen. The processes can be operated independently or in tandem. 

DMM is being accelerated by Applied Quantum Materials Inc., a global leader in silicon nanomaterials. 

Team Members

Dr. David Antoniuk, CEO

Dr. Antoniuk holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta and brings 30 years of business development, product marketing and executive management experience. David has extensive experience in technology commercialization and building strategic business relationships. Prior to forming DMM, he was Director of Business Development for TRLabs, Canada’s largest IT consortium; and Director, Nanotechnology where he formulated the strategy for creating a nanotechnology initiative for the Government of Alberta. David has co-founded several technology start-ups including Applied Quantum Materials Inc. where he serves as CEO.

Dr. Jeffrey Stryker, CSO

Dr.  Stryker is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta.  He earned his BA with honours in chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia, training in organic synthesis. He subsequently moved to an NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley working to develop the first well-characterized transition metal complexes to mediate selective C–H activation of alkanes, including methane. Dr. Stryker began his academic career at Indiana University and in 1992 emigrated with his family to Canada and the University of Alberta.

 

Early support from NIH, NFS, DuPont, and Union Carbide led to the creation of “Stryker’s reagents and catalysts” (International Fluka Prize, 1988), introducing homogeneous copper hydride catalysis to organic synthesis. Modern variants of this work continue to resonate in both academia and the pharmaceutical industry. After considerable time in the trenches of fundamental transition metal chemistry and mechanism, the group turned to addressing real world problems, introducing new concepts in heterogeneous and electrochemical catalysis for the petroleum and biomass industries. This effort has culminated in the demonstration of hydrogen-free electrocatalytic upcycling of bitumen asphaltenes, producing sweet crude petroleum or, under other conditions, high-value carbon materials.

 

His applied chemistry has been generously supported by CFREF/Future Energy Systems, Institute for Oil Sands Innovation (IOSI/Imperial Oil), Alberta Innovates, Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN), Canadian Resources Innovation Network (CRIN), Japan Petroleum Energy Center (JPEC), and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science (AIST, Japan).

Dr. Robin Hamilton, CTO

Dr. Hamilton obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Lakehead University, and a Ph.D. from Prof. Steve Bergens at the University of Alberta. After an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, he became a Senior Research Associate and Co-director of the Stryker group at the University of Alberta managing the 

bitumen upcycling programs.  Dr. Hamilton is the creative center of our work in electro-catalytic conversion of bitumen asphaltenes and lignin biomass to value added carbon materials.

 

Dr. Hamilton’s expertise extends over an astonishing range of subdisciplines:  inorganic, organometallic, and organic chemistry, synthesis and mechanism, homogeneous, heterogeneous, and electrochemical catalysis, solution kinetics, computational theory, and materials science.  Drs. Hamilton and Kevin Hodder, Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Material Engineering, are co-PI’s on an independently funded project targeting pitch-based high tensile strength carbon fibres, holding Stage 2 funding from AI-CRIN. 

Dr. Jonathan Veinot

Dr. Jonathon Veinot is a professor at the University of Alberta, Department of Chemistry. He is the co-author on over 180 peer-reviewed papers and been awarded 19 patents. Jonathan is one of the world’s leaders in silicon nanomaterials, focusing on developing non-toxic Group 14 nanomaterials while establishing a fundamental understanding of their unique optical and chemical properties.

 

Dr. Veinot was an invited OECD Expert for the Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials, Berlin 2013. Dr. Veinot is also the Director of the Alberta/Technical University of Munich International Graduate School for Hybrid Functional Materials. He received the prestigious 2017 Award for Excellence in Materials Chemistry from the Canadian Chemical Society as one of “Canada’s shining scientific lights” in the field of silicon nanocrystals and the 2016 Burghausen Chemistry Award, recognized by the chemical industry of Bavaria, Germany for his impressive contributions to the field of silicon nanomaterials. Jonathan also serves as President and CTO of Applied Quantum Materials Inc.

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