Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT), a high-tech startup in Michigan’s Capitol Region, has hired Dr. Paul Quayle, a leading diamond crystal growth expert, to serve as the company’s director of crystal growth.

Dr. Quayle has worked for the past 2 years as a post-doctoral research associate at Michigan State University (MSU) in the group of GLCT co-founder Professor Timothy Grotjohn, who is MSU’s lead diamond materials and device scientist and serves as director of research for Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD). He received his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from Case Western Reserve University and worked for 2 years at Kyma Technologies before joining Professor Grotjohn’s group in 2018.

Dr. Quayle stated, “I couldn’t be happier to join GLCT right now. It’s an exciting time in diamond technology and we are positioned well to capitalize on it. I thank MSU and Spartan Innovations for their support. It has been a great pleasure working alongside CCD researchers for the past two years and I look forward to the continuing partnership. Most of all I thank Tim and Keith for this opportunity.”

GLCT’s president and CEO Keith Evans commented, “Paul is a key hire that we’ve been planning for months, with his specific transition timed to coincide with the start of two federal R&D projects. While his academic background is excellent for any type of crystal growth pursuit, his experience in Professor Grotjohn’s group perfectly positions him to lead all our diamond materials efforts including the transfer of a number of patented technologies recently licensed from MSU by GLCT.”

About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)

GLCT is a spin out of the world-class diamond research collaboration between Michigan State University (MSU) and MSU-located Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies (CCD). GLCT’s mission is to become the leading supplier of high-performance diamond materials for advanced (non-gemstone) applications.