Our growing organization has significant leadership, business development, and experience across the Chemicals and Downstream Processing industries.


We are assembling a leadership team with the experience to build a strong organization, create an environment where employees are encouraged to take initiative and innovate, build a foundation for growth, and ultimately create value in the marketplace.


Dr. John J Hacskaylo – Chief Executive Officer

John was previously Chief Technology Officer for Molecular Rebar Design and was Vice President, Research and Development for KiOR, a next-generation fuels company that has developed a proprietary technology platform to convert biomass into renewable gasoline and diesel fuel blend stocks. Prior to that, John spent over 23 years at The Dow Chemical Company where he held a variety of senior R&D leadership roles in the Plastics, Automotive, Building & Construction, Technology Licensing and Hydrocarbons areas. There, he led innovative teams that captured multiple awards including 2006 and 2007 R&D Magazine R&D100 Awards, 2006 and 2008 Automotive News PACE Awards, and numerous Society of Plastics Engineers and Society of Automotive Engineers innovation awards.

John earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France and the Technology Managers Development Program at the Industrial Research Institute & Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

Dru Kefalos – Chief Marketing Officer
Dru is a veteran leader and executive with accomplishments across multiple functions and business units over 28 years with ExxonMobil Chemical. Ten of those years with experience in Global Leadership Positions. Dru had a vital role in the divestment of the ExxonMobil Chemical Films Business and then standing the business up to operate independently under new ownership. He then led the turnaround of this business under the new owners before joining Black Diamond Structures shortly after the JV formation in March 2015.

Tim Knaus – Vice President, Global Sales

Tim is an accomplished Sales Executive and brings over 18 years of diverse sales and business development leadership experience to Black Diamond Structures.   His broad experience includes developing Sales and building Sales teams for multiple technology start-ups along with Sales and Business Development leadership positions within the chemical industry for Global and regional companies.  He and his teams have successfully brought new products to market in a variety industry segments.

Steven Swogger – Vice President, Product & Application Development

Steven previously held the position of Chief Financial Officer at Molecular Rebar Design, he also ran Molecular Rebar Design’s business segment focused on lead acid batteries that was transitioned into the Black Diamond Structures joint venture. Prior to Steven’s entrance into nanotechnology and energy storage in 2012, Steven held various leadership positions in operations and finance in the Managed Care sector including Scott & White and FirstCare Health Plans.

Steven received his MBA from Baylor University and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Paul Everill – Vice President, Research & Development

Paul comes to Black Diamond Structures directly from Molecular Rebar Design, the originators of the MOLECULAR REBAR® technology. There, he was central in formulating, manufacturing, and developing their first carbon nanotube-based additives for lead acid batteries. As R&D Director of Lead-Acid Battery Technology, he built the research team and facilities to support product launches and development cycles over a five-year period. Paul has presented on behalf of Black Diamond Structures at several global events.

Paul holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Tufts University in Boston, MA, a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

Board of Directors

We have a very committed slate of board members with a great breadth of experience in developing highly innovative technologies to support establishing and growing new businesses.

  • Dr. Ernesto Occhiello – SABIC, Executive Vice President
  • Naveena Shastri – SABIC, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Kurt Swogger – Molecular Rebar Design, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr. Clive Bosnyak – Molecular Rebar Design, Chief Scientific Officer

We will continue to build our diverse team with talented and highly motivated individuals committed to building a strong business.


The foundation of our business is based upon developing new technology that delivers valued innovations to our customers.


We have a strong scientific community committed to improving the products and technology we use every day.

  • 12 PhD’s
  • 6 Additional Technology Professionals
  • Strong Scientific Experience & Leadership

IP Portfolio

There is a strong and growing patent estate related to the development of the MOLECULAR REBAR® platform. A total of 31 approved or allowed patents have been granted at this time. Below are a few excerpts from our patent portfolio.

  • “High performance energy storage and collection devices containing exfoliated microtubules and spatially controlled attached nanoscale particles and layers.”
  • “Lithium ion batteries using discrete carbon nanotubes, methods for production thereof and products obtained therefrom.”
  • “Lead-acid battery formulations containing discrete carbon nanotubes.”
  • “Lithium ion batteries using discrete carbon nanotubes, methods for production thereof and products obtained therefrom.