June 18, 2024: The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) inducted Dr. Tim Grotjohn, GLCT’s technical founder and MSU professor, into its 2023 class. This prestigious honor recognizes his groundbreaking research and development in single crystal diamond materials manufacturing technology and advanced diamond device applications.

With 70 published journal papers, over 250 conference papers, and 14 patents, Grotjohn’s research has resulted in numerous groundbreaking innovations and significant contributions to the scientific community. This includes work on improving the diamond growth process via innovations in the diamond manufacturing reactor design and the processes carried out in it, including in developing feedback control mechanisms. Currently, Tim pursues a project in collaboration with GLCT and MSU in the creation of larger single-crystal diamond wafers, focusing on the development of two-inch and ultimately four-inch diamond wafers.

Doug Gage, MSU’s Vice President for Research and Innovation, remarked, “Grotjohn’s work has not only advanced the field of diamond synthesis but has also contributed to Michigan State University’s reputation as an innovator and inventor university. His election as an NAI Fellow is a testament to the impact of his research and his contributions to the scientific community.” (Conners, M. (2024, April 23). MSU’s Timothy Grotjohn inducted as NAI fellow. MSU Innovation Center.)

Being elected as an Academy Fellow is the highest professional distinction awarded solely to inventors. NAI Fellows are celebrated for their innovation and commitment to transforming research into commercial technologies that benefit society. Collectively, their breakthroughs have created 1 million jobs and generated over $3 trillion in revenue.

The 2023 cohort of Fellows will be celebrated and presented with their medals by a senior official of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) at the NAI 13th Annual Meeting on June 18, 2024, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

For further detail on Timothy Grotjohn’s election as an NAI Fellow, please refer to MSU Innovation Center’s news article.


About Great Lakes Crystal Technologies (GLCT)

GLCT’s mission is to become the leading provider of high-performance diamond materials for high-technology applications. GLCT launched in 2019 as a Michigan State University (MSU) startup with early support from Spartan Innovations and Red Cedar Ventures. The company has also benefited from the positive Michigan-based ecosystem for startups receiving the Business Accelerator Fund and Emerging Technologies Fund, both of which are administered by the Michigan Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. GLCT is a founding member of the Quantum Economic Development Consortium, a corporate partner of the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE), a member of the UCSB NSF Quantum Foundry industrial advisory board, and a member of the Resilient Infrastructure + Secure Energy (RISE) Consortium. For more information about GLCT visit our website or send us an email.