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Materials Development, Inc (MDI) is a material science and R&D engineering company primarily based at the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston, Illinois. MDI's focus is on containerless processing, both in developing and improving sample environment as well as making and studying novel materials. MDI's team consists of material scientists, physicists, and engineers and frequently collaborates with scientists at Argonne National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Brookhaven National Lab, among others.

Prior to forming MDI in 2006, Richard Weber directed the Glass Products Division (GPD) at Containerless Research, Inc. (CRI), which was successfully commercialized in 2007 when the glass technology was sold.

Rick Weber MDI

Rick Weber, Founder & President
LinkedIn ResearchGate ANL UTKRick Weber develops materials processing technologies and high value add materials with a focus on glass, photonic and non-equilibrium products. These include photonic and geological glasses, amorphous pharmaceuticals, and nuclear materials. He has had commercial success in three small businesses as a founder or key staff member. He formed MDI in 2006. Weber also holds a Special Term Appointment at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Tennessee.

Oliver Alderman MDI

Oliver Alderman, R&D Scientist
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Oliver joined MDI after completing his PhD at the University of Warwick in 2013. His research includes the determination of local and intermediate scale atomic structure in equilibrium and non-equilibrium liquids, glasses, and related stable and metastable crystals, particularly by use of total neutron and x-ray scattering and atomistic modelling techniques. Other interests include the influence of thermal history and fictive temperature on the structure and properties of glasses, the control and variation of structure and physical properties with glass composition, and nucleation and growth of metastable crystalline phases in glass.

Anthony Tamalonis MDI

Anthony Tamalonis, Senior R&D Technologist
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Anthony joined MDI in 2013 after completing a master's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His prior research includes using terahertz spectroscopy to characterize monmorillonite clay, testing and evaluating photomultiplier tubes for Daya Bay, and optimizing the veto detector layout for Double Chooz.




MDI Team around our High
                                 Temperature Conical Nozzle Levitator at Argonne National Lab
(L to R) Lawrie Skinner, Rick Weber, Anthony Tamalonis, Chris Benmore, and Ollie Alderman. MDI 's team after a successful beamline campaign at Argonne National Lab, December, 2013.


Chris Benmore, ANL, ASU
Salvatore Magazù, University of Messina
Jörg Neuefeind, ORNL
John Parise, Stony Brook

MDI's founder Rick Weber in
                                 Washington DC 2002
(L to R) Richard Weber, Illinois 10th District Congressman (now Senator) Mark Kirk, Mary Weber, Paul Nordine. Visiting congress after receiving a 2002 Tibbetts' Award for commercialization of technology.