Dan Sanders


Dan Sanders


Senior Manager - Materials Discovery


IBM Research - Almaden San Jose, CA USA


Dan Sanders received a Bachelor’s degree in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1996 and Master’s degree in Macromolecular Science in 1999, both from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH). He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) working in the lab of Prof. Robert H. Grubbs. In 2004, he joined IBM’s Almaden Research Center as a Research Staff Member and is currently, a Principal Research Staff Member and Senior Manager in charge of the Materials Discovery department at IBM Research – Almaden. As part of IBM Research’s Accelerated Discovery strategy, Dan’s organization seeks to apply informatics, simulation, Artificial Intelligence, and advanced lab automation to speed the discovery of new sustainable materials and apply these techniques to pertinent use cases of relevance for IBM and the world. Currently, his department is working on advanced battery materials and sustainable materials for semiconductor fabrication, including the development of AI-tools for the design of replacements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).





Sustainable Replacements for PFAS

We're addressing the environmental and human health impact of PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ by accelerating the discovery of sustainable replacements and improved capture materials.

Accelerated Discovery of Battery Materials

Leveraging our expertise in materials science, AI, quantum and high performance computing, we're developing a more powerful, sustainable, and energy-efficient battery.

Accelerator Technologies

We're developing technological solutions to assist subject matter experts with their scientific workflows by enabling the Human-AI co-creation process.

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