Argonne National Laboratory

Richard Brotzman

Principal Nanotechnology Development Engineer
- Energy Systems

Richard Brotzman is a principal nanotechnology development engineer in Argonne’s Energy Systems Division. His research and industrial experience focus is nanostructured materials and processes for applications such as “exchange-spring” magnets; chemically reactive heat transfer fluids; water purification membranes; process separations; nanoparticle synthesis and surface-treatment; nanoparticle dispersion and formulation for polymer additives and CMP; oxygen-storage catalysts; self-assembled, bi-continuous PV composites; and dielectric energy-storage materials. Prior to working at Argonne, Brotzman was a technology and market research consultant for Lux Research Corporation, where he was responsible for primary research on emerging technologies and targeted market evaluation.

While at Lux, Brotzman was the chief technology officer of Nanophase Technologies. He was responsible for technical leadership and served as the focal point for future technology evolution and strategic initiatives. 

Brotzman is an American Society for Quality (ASQ) six-sigma green belt, solving quality problems and involved in quality improvement projects.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Second Place, The Chicago Clean Energy Trust Competition to identify the most innovative clean energy ideas in Illinois, 2011
  • Entrepreneur of the Year for 1998, Research Directors’ Association of Chicago, 1998


Publications and Patents

  • Chen, X., Zhang, Y., Ferrier, N.J., Jiang, J.S., Jokela, S., Elam, J., and Brotzman, R.W., "Fabrication and Integration of High Aspect Ratio Soft-Magnet Nanofibers with Hard-Magnet Shells,” MRS Spring Meeting (2013).
  • Zhang, Y., Pearson, J.E., Brotzman, R.W., Choi, Y., and Jiang, J.S., "Texture and magnetic properties of low-temperature annealed Sm-Co films from amorphous precursors,” INTERMAG/MMM (2013).
  • Brotzman, R.W., Yanguas-Gil, A., “Self-Assembled Electrode Architectures for PV and Battery Applications,” TechConnect World 2011, Boston, MA (2011).
  • Brotzman, R.W., “Composite Photovoltaic Materials,” U.S. Patent Application (2010).
  • Brotzman, R.W., Nye, A., Gordon, M., Yanguas-Gil, Peng, Q., “Self-Assembled Inorganic-Organic Hybrid Nanoarchitectures for PV Applications,” MRS Fall Meeting (2010).
  • Yanguas-Gil, A., Elam, J.W., Brotzman, R.W., Williams, V.O., Pellin, M.J., Hupp, J.T., “Nanostructured electrodes fabricated using Atomic Layer Deposition on silica aerogel scaffolds for photovoltaics,” MRS Fall Meeting (2010).
  • Brotzman, R.W., “Surface Treatment of Nanoparticles to Control Interfaces,” U.S. Patent Application (2008).
  • U.S. Patent 7,182,938; Andre, V. and Brotzman, R.W.; “Cosmetic Formulations Comprising ZnO Nanoparticles,” (2007); AU 5236840 (2009); BRI0509712A (2007); plus 7 foreign patents pending.
  • Brotzman, R.W., “Trends in Nanomaterials Synthesis and Applications,” Particles (2008).
  • U.S. Patent 7,303,819; Brotzman, R.W., “Surface Treatment of Nanoparticles to Control Interfacial Properties and Method of Manufacture,” (2007); AU5229834 (2009); EU09168614.7-211 (2009); plus 5 foreign patents pending.
  • U.S. Patent 7,166,663; Cayton, R.H. and Brotzman, R.W.; “Nanostructured Compositions,” (2007); JP 4,223,957 (2008); CA 2,466,201 (2009); AU 2,361,585 (2005) plus 4 foreign patents pending.
  • U.S. Patent 7,052,777; Brotzman, R.W. and Kullberg, M.L.; “Composite Nanoparticle Materials and Method of Making the Same,” (2006); AU 3211127 (2006); CA 2473923 (2009) plus 5 foreign patents pending.
  • U.S. Patent 6,896,958; Cayton, R., Brotzman, R.W., Kullberg, M.L.; “Substantially Transparent, Abrasion-Resistant Films Containing Surface-Treated Nanocrystalline Particles,” (2005); AU 22239359 (2006) plus 6 foreign patents pending.
  • U.S. Patent 6,416,818; Aikens, J.H., Sarkas, H.W., Brotzman, R.W., Helvoigt, S.; “Compositions for Forming Transparent Conductive Nanoparticle Coatings and Process of Preparation Therefore,” (2002); CA 2,340,751 (2007); DE 69921161.1-09 (2004); FR 110941B1 (2004); GB 110941B1 (2004); EP 1109741B1 (2004); AU 0758075B2 (2003); JP 2009131844 (2009).
  • Brotzman, R.W., “An Integrated Platform of Scaled Nanotechnologies - Vapor Phase Synthesis, Nanoparticle Surface Treatment, and Dispersion - To Enable Commercial Applications,” Particles (2005).
  • Brotzman, R.W., “Industrial Scale Processes for Nanomaterials,” Northwestern  (2005).
  • Murray, P., Brotzman, R.W., Cayton, R., “Rheology of Nanocrystalline Metal Oxide Dispersions,” ACS (2002).
  • Brotzman, R.W. and Aikens, J., “Ceramic Powders Coated with Siloxane Star-Graft Copolymer,” U.S. Patent 6,033,781 (2000).
  • Brotzman, R.W., Aikens, J., “Siloxane Star-Graft Polymers, Ceramic Powders Coated Therewith and Method of Preparing Coated Ceramic Powders,” U.S. Patent 5,993,967 (1999) – DE 69729290 (2004); FR 0891387B1 (2004); GB 0891387B1 (2004); EP 0891387B1 (2004); CA 2250962C (2003); AU 0715859B2 (2000).
  • Brotzman, R.W., Aikens, J., Batllo, F., Kullberg, M., Kritchevsky, G., “Nano-materials & Wear Resistant Polymers,” Ceramics Industry, June 2000.
  • Brotzman, R.W., Freed, D.J., “Commercialization of Nanostructured Materials,” Knowledge Foundation, Inc., Miami, FL, April 2000.
  • Sarkas, H.W., Aikens, J., Baron, D.W., Brotzman, R.W., “Data Driven Material Deposition of Nanocrystalline Materials,” MRS Fall Meeting, December 1998.
  • Brotzman, R.W., “Nanophase Material Dispersions,” Review of U.S. R&D Status and Trends in Nanoparticles, Nanostructured Materials, and Nanodevices, WTEC Workshop, Arlington, VA, May 1997.
  • Brotzman, R.W., Flory, P.J. "The Elastic Behavior of Cis 1,4 Polybutadiene" Macromolecules, 1987, 20, 351 356.
  • Brotzman, R.W., Mark, J.E. "Examination of the Critical Parameters in the Constrained Junction Theory of Rubber Elasticity," Polymer Preprints, 1986, 27(1), 292.