Argonne National Laboratory

Aeraj Haque

Co-Founder and Chief Technologist for Chain Reaction Innovations and Nano Design Works

Dr. Aeraj Haque is co-founder and chief technologist for Argonne National Laboratory's technology incubator Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the Nano Design Works (NDW) center.

He is responsible for forging R&D partnerships with industry, mentoring startup companies, leading entrepreneur efforts, as well as identifying opportunities for Argonne scientists to partner with industry and commercialize technologies grown at the laboratory. His career has included intellectual property law, academic research, engineering work in the oil, auto, and chemical industries, and a stint as a co-founder and chief technology officer of a biotech veterinary diagnostic startup company.

Before joining Argonne, Dr. Haque served as a patent agent at Foley & Lardner in Chicago and a patent technical specialist with Cooley, LLP a large law firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California. He specializes in preparing US and international patent applications for engine emission systems, control technologies, software, nanotechnology, chemical compositions, graphene technology, electrochemical and biochemical sensors, and general mechanical and biomedical technologies. He also wrote opinions on patentability, freedom to operate, and patent portfolio analysis and due diligence on multimillion dollar investment and acquisition deals.

In 2010, Dr. Haque received the Argonne Director’s Post Doctoral Fellowship Award. At Argonne, his research included designing and fabricating new titanium oxide nanoparticle powered photo-electrochemical biochips for cancer and biothreat agent detection and nanofluidics. During his tenure at Argonne, he also ventured into entrepreneurship and co-founded a veterinary diagnostics startup Site-Diagnostics with fellow Argonne researcher Dan Schabacker. The startup utilized Argonne’s patented gel drop biochip technology to detect bovine mastitis infection in dairy cows. Bovine mastitis is a bacterial infection that causes udder inflammation and results in billions of dollars in loses to dairy farmers world-wide. The company competed and won fourth place in the 2012 University of Chicago’s New Venture Challenge business plan competition.

Dr. Haque’s research spans various disciplines including fundamental space biology research, micro and nanofabrication, biosensors, MEMS and Bio-MEMS, electrochemical sensors and nanofluidics. As a graduate student, his work included the design and manufacture of silicon, glass and polymer lab-on-a-chip based micro/nano biosensors. With Purde and NASA scientists, he developed a MEMS based biochip for studying the behavior of single cells in space. He was part of teams developing biochips for remotely conducting fundamental space biology experiments on nanosatellites in space.

He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering and doctoral degree in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University.