Board of Directors

Dr. David Lashmore
Co-Founder and CEO

Dr. Pavel Bystricky
Co-Founder and CTO

Ivka Kalus

Michael Weinstein
Independent Director

Didier Thibaud
Independent Director

Dr. Al Costantine
Independent Director

Peter Antoinette
Independent Director

Peter Antoinette — Independent Director

Peter Antoinette is CEO at Xibus Systems.

Pavel Bystricky — Chief Technology Officer
PhD, Materials Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Materials Science-Metallurgy, INP – GPM2 Grenoble
BSE, Materials Science-Metallurgy, INP – ENSEE Grenoble

Dr. Bystricky is CTO of Boronite and is responsible for managing day-to-day operations. He is a leading materials expert with in-depth knowledge of nanotubes, nanotechnology, composites, metals, and smart materials. Prior to co-founding Boronite, Dr. Bystricky was founder and president of Mat-IQ, an Engineering R&D Services company. He was also affiliated professor of Materials Science at the University of New Hampshire, where he worked with Dr. Lashmore on the development of a state-of-the-art automated production system of nanotube fibers and on the characterization of nanotube structural, mechanical, and electrical properties. Earlier in his career, Dr. Bystricky was the Director of Advanced Materials at Kazak Composites and the Director of Product Development at CeraNova Corporation. He was also a research scientist at École des Mines and Électricité de France (EDF), where he developed a general quantitative model of stress corrosion cracking in nuclear power plant cooling systems, and at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility, where he designed a water purification system for a neutrino detector. Dr. Bystricky has several patents, most of them related to carbon, ceramic and metal composite advanced materials. He also has numerous publications related to the development of advanced materials and smart structures.


Al Costantine — Independent Director

Dr. Costantine advises on research and development programs and technology investments for systems of national strategic importance. He has four decades experience in high technology system research, deployment, and operation. At FTS, he served as the strategist and research lead for a program with a mission to find revolutionary technologies. He looked out 5 to 15 years to determine expected system needs and required functionality; developed technology development roadmaps to move from concept, to production, to validation, to operation; then, found and selected viable technologies. He managed R&D programs, and established funding alliances to realize successful and cost effective systems. As VP of Technology at SAIC, he found and determined which nanomaterials could move from “lab curiosities” to exploitable material constructs that provide performance and cost advantage in high volume manufacturing processes. He managed technology development cycles and elicited co-investors to support material development, system applications, and high-volume production. At Logicon he developed plans, technology milestones, roadmaps and program/contractual paperwork to integrate research successes into small satellite demonstration programs. He planned for and ran electronics development efforts for satellite payload and bus electronics (e.g., space processors, FPGAs, ADCs, mixed signal electronics, and carbon nanotube-based nanoelectronics). Al earned a B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master’s degree in Physics from the Naval Post Graduate Schools, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Ivka Kalus — Co-Founder 
MALD, Natural Resource Economics, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
BA, Biology, Harvard University

A co-founder of Boronite, Ivka has oversight of budget and finances of the corporation. She has a long career in finance as an analyst and portfolio manager. Her expertise includes fundamental, quantitative and macroeconomic analysis, risk management, financial modeling, cash management, new product development, marketing, and sustainable investing. Prior to her career in Finance, Ivka was a Management Consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc. in Cambridge MA and in Prague, where she worked on numerous privatization projects of state-owned enterprises. She currently serves on the Boards of the Boston Economic Club and United Planet.


David Lashmore — Chief Executive Officer
PhD, Materials Science, Univ. of Virginia
MS, Physics, Michigan Tech.
BS, Engineering Science and Mechanics, Univ. of Florida

Dr. Lashmore is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the development of carbon and boron nitride nanotube fibers. In addition to his role as CEO of Boronite, he is Research Professor, Materials Science and Physics, at the University of New Hampshire. Prior to co-founding Boronite, Dr. Lashmore was also co-founder of Materials Innovation, focused on the development and production of coated metallic powders used for very high strength PM steels and soft magnetic alloys, and Nanocomp, focused on the synthesis of carbon nanotube tapes and fibers. Earlier in his career, Dr. Lashmore was a researcher at NIST, where he was instrumental in the development of artificial superlattices using electrochemical techniques. He conducted fundamental work in compositionally modulated alloys, which led to the formation of several successful commercial companies, including Modumetal. He also developed a coated powder technology now being used in the powder metallurgy industry for soft magnetic materials. Altogether Dr. Lashmore holds 42 issued patents and is the author of over 90 archival papers. Total citations of his research exceed 2400. He has received many awards for his innovations, including:

  • “Invented Here Award” in 2014 for top New England Inventors for Patents on Nanotube Antennas and CNT Yarn and Sheet formation
  • The Wall Street Journal award
  • NASA Nano-50 Award
  • Time Invention of the Year (2000) for compact P/M press
  • Powder Metallurgy Award (2000) for Advanced Soft Magnetic Materials

Dr. Lashmore is a UNH delegate to the New England Council on Advanced Manufacturing and has been on the advisory committee to the NH Governor for Education.


Didier Thibaud — Independent Director

Didier Thibaud has 35 years’ experience managing, designing, and developing solutions in the Aerospace & Defense market. Until his retirement in September 2021, Mr. Thibault served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Mercury Systems (NASDAQ MRCY), a leader in Secure processing solutions for the Aerospace & Defense industry.  During his 10-year tenure as COO, he grew company revenues from $150 million to $1 billion and to a market cap of $4 billion, and led more than 15 acquisitions and integrations, including restructuring businesses to drive Mercury’s growth. Mr. Thibaud joined Mercury in 1995 to start Mercury’s European business and served in several executive and management positions prior to being appointed COO: President of Mercury Commercial Electronics Business Unit, President of Advanced Company Solutions, Senior Vice President Defense & Commercial Businesses, Vice President & General Manager of the Imaging and Visualization Solution Group, and Managing Director of all Mercury’s subsidiaries in Switzerland, France, UK and Germany.  Mr. Thibaud was also a Raytheon Executive Sponsor, participated in the Raytheon Supplier Advisory Council, and was part of the Airbus Defense Strategic Supplier Council.  Before joining Mercury, he held several leadership positions in management in the Aerospace and Defense industry in France, after starting his career at the French radar research center at ONERA.  Mr. Thibaud is presently consulting to several companies on growth strategy and management structure.  Mr. Thibaut has a degree in Computer Science and a Master’s degree in Signal and Image Processing from the University of Lille, and has an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Didier Thibaud

Michael Weinstein — Independent Director

Michael Weinstein has over 35 years of professional experience in investing, consulting, corporate planning and management. Mr. Weinstein has deep experience working with emerging companies on corporate governance, business strategy and development and capital raising. He currently serves as the CFO of the Infinite Power Co, an early-stage power company commercializing a breakthrough, patented technology. Mr. Weinstein was head of U.S. Research at Calyon Securities USA (the investment banking division of Credit Agricole) and was a Senior Equity Analyst and Co-Chairman of Investment Strategy at the Putnam Investment Management Company.  Mr. Weinstein was a senior consultant at Arthur D. Little where he specialized in corporate strategy and valuation in natural resource industries and Head of Global Product Marketing at Fox-Pitt Kelton, a financial services boutique investment bank.  He was Director of Research for Conning Research and Consulting a bespoke, financial services investment research business owned by Swiss Re. He worked as an internal consultant at the Inland Steel Co. where he worked on strategic projects for the Board of Directors.  Mr. Weinstein also served as Chief Financial Officer of IX Energy Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded solar development company.  He was a co-founder and the CFO of the Supplemental Property Insurance Company as well as the prior CFO and Board Member for Edition Logistics Management LLC, a transportation and logistics company. He holds a BS in economics and a MBA in finance and marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.

Mike Weinstein

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