Characterization methods include, Ion Beam Analysis, high resolution Electron Microscopy, Tapping Mode Atomic Force Microscopy, non-destructive light interferometry, UV and IR spectroscopy and 3 Liquid Sessile Drop Contact Angle (3 LCAA) to quantify surface energy, structure, hydro-affinity, pepto- and lipo-affinity. Recent innovations include, semiconductor and bio-polymer nano-phases such as subnanometer ordered silicon dioxides (Int & US Patent 6,613,677, Herbots et al.), heteroepitaxial oxides (US Patent 7,851,365, Herbots et al), new bio-compatible emulsion coatings for human devices implants controlling condensation (VitreOx™), scarring (ProteinKnox™) and blood contamination (HemoClear™).
Dr. Herbots initiated in 2004 SiO2 Associates, with graduate students, & colleagues in academia & industry. In 2010, she founded SiO2 NanoTech. In 2013, she re-incorporated SiO2 NanoTech with C. Watson. In 2016, following a breakthrough in microliter blood analysis using IBA, HemaDrop™, she founded SiO2 Innovates LLC.
Dr. Herbots focus on green manufacturing technology and its transfer from “Lab to Fab” in applications that require hermetic bonding for sensors (NanoBonding™), solar panels or electronics (EpOxides™, Nano-Oxides™), bio-medical applications – VitreOx™ for inhibiting fogging on laparoscopic lenses, medical implant surfaces, and other non-medical optical lenses and goggles. ProteinKnox™ was devised to control the effect of absorption of blood, blood proteins and tissue build-up on lenses and medical implants. Another of our technologies, FogKnox™ is a permanent, molecular-based control of fogging on vision-wear surfaces, where compatibility with eye tissues is important, such as protective and high-performance sport eyewear where fumes and bodily fluids can create an irritating environment for the wearer.
Université Catholique de Louvain
1981 – 1984 PhD in Applied Physics in the Sciences of Microelectronics
Advisor: Prof. F. van De Wiele (†), Microelectronics Lab (FAI), WINFAB PhD Thesis Title: THE ROLE OF IMPURITY SEGREGATION AND SURFACE PREPARATION IN ALUMINUM-SILICON INTERDIFFUSION (Maxima Cum Laude)
PhD Thesis Funding: Awarded three consecutive IRSIA Doctoral Research Fellowship
1981-1984 IRSIA stands for “Institut pour l’Encouragement de la Recherche dans l’Industrie et l’Agriculture’ for PhD research proposal
1976 – 1981 B. Sc., i.r, Engineering in Applied Physics
1976 – 1981 Faculty of Applied Science (FSA), Louvain-La-Neuve, Eng. in Applied Physics, Undergraduate Thesis Title: DESIGN AND INSTALLATION OF A RUTHERFORD BACKSCATTERING SPECTROMETRY APPARATUS AND APPLICATION TO SEMICONDUCTOR CHARACTERIZATION, Magna Cum Laude.
MicroDrop Diagnostics LLC, Founder, Owner, CEO
SIO2 INNOVATES, Inc. 2016. Founder, Owner, CEO
SiO2 NanoTech LLC, Inc. 2013, co-Founder, co-Owner, CSO
SiO2 Associates, Inc. 2009, Founder, Owner
Professor Emerita, Physics, Arizona State University