Who We Are

MDI 's team after a successful beamline campaign at Argonne National Lab, July, 2018.  Pictured L to R: Emma Clark, Charlie Weiss (Northwestern), Caijuan Shi (Argonne),   Anthony Tamalonis, Rick Weber, Chris Benmore (Argonne) & Ollie Alderman

Oliver Alderman, R&D Scientist

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.

Our Team

Visiting congress after receiving a 2002 Tibbetts' Award for commercialization of technology.    (Pictured L to R: Richard Weber, former Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, Mary Weber, Paul Nordine)


Rick Weber, Founder & President

Rick Weber develops materials processing technologies and high value add materials with a focus on liquids, glasses, and non-equilibrium products. These materials include functional photonic and geological glasses, amorphous pharmaceuticals, and nuclear materials. He has had commercial success with three small businesses as a founder or key staff member. He formed MDI in 2006. Weber also holds an Argonne Associate appointment at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory.

Anthony Tamalonis, Senior R&D Technologist

Anthony joined MDI in 2013 after completing a master's degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Anthony uses his diverse interests and knowledge to maintain MDI's product lines by supporting development in both hardware and software. His prior research includes using terahertz spectroscopy to characterize monmorillonite clay and testing and evaluating photomultiplier tubes for neutrino experiments.  Anthony is a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA) and a Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD).

Materials Development, Inc (MDI) is a materials 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.

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