January 12, 2014

Curriculum Vitae

Sean Owen Clancy, Ph.D.

(Phone) 302.468.7321
(Email) me@seanclancy.org
(Web) www.seanclancy.org
(LinkedIn) www.linkedin.com/in/seanclancy


  • Experienced scientist and project manager with a strong background in product and process creation and modification, data and instrumental analysis, and material science and engineering.
  • Proven skills in project management, organization, and research, leveraging expertise in leadership training and interdepartmental communication.
  • Innovative and efficient candidate, who goes the extra mile to be a professional, kind, and ethical resource for not only the team but the company as a whole.


  • Extensive experience in product development and materials analysis for advanced technology applications in academic, government, commercial, and medical research groups.
  • Well-versed in project management, creating and leading technical teams, business development, process development, writing and editing technical publications, and providing instruction in classroom/lecture and laboratory settings.
  • Delivered over 550 individual projects and $1M+ revenue in root cause failure analysis of electronic components, bare boards, through-hole technology (THT) and surface mount technology (SMT) assemblies, as well as soldering, cleaning, conformal coating, and other electronics manufacturing processes for aerospace, automotive, commercial, defense, industrial, medical device, and scientific instrument customers.
  • Authored 19 publications, including 4 co-authored publications and 2 patent applications, and presented a variety of technical subjects to local, regional, and international audiences at conferences for the IPC, MRS, SMTA, SPIE, university, and other events.
  • Additional information about my professional experience, skills, and interests, as well as copies of my presentations and publications, are available at seanclancy.org


  • Applications: Conformal Coatings, Corrosion Mitigation, Electronics Manufacturing, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Light-Emission, Nanotechnology, Organic Electronics, Packaging, Pharmaceuticals, Process Development, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, Sensors, Surface Modifications, and Thin Films
  • Chemical Methods: Organic Synthesis, Polymer Synthesis, and All Requisite Setup, Purification, and Characterization Methods, Glove Box and Schlenk Line Operation
  • Failure Analysis: Assembly, Bare Board, and Component Failure Analysis, Cleanliness Testing, Contamination Analysis, Counterfeit Component Screening, Cross-Sectional Analysis, Data Sheet Evaluations, Decapsulation, Delidding, Destructive Physical Analysis (DPA), Dye and Pry Testing, Fracture Mechanics, Imaging, Inspections, Investigations, Microsectioning, Microscopy, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Qualifications, Reliability Testing, Residue Analysis, Solder Joint Analysis, Solderability Testing, Spectroscopy, Environmental Stress Screening, Wire Bonding Technology, Through-Hole Technology (THT), Surface Mount Technology (SMT), Soldering, Handling, Cleaning, Conformal Coating, and General Manufacturing Processes
  • Instrumental Analysis: Chromatography / Separations Science (GC-MS, HPLC, IC, GPC-RI/MALLS); Data Analysis; Electrochemistry [CV, EIS, Sequential Electrochemical Reduction Analysis (SERA)]; Imaging / Microscopy (SEM-EDS, AFM / SPM, Conductive AFM, Optical Microscopy, Metallography, Transmission X-Ray Imaging); Spectroscopy (NMR, UV-Vis-NIR, ATR-FTIR, Fluorescence and Phosphorescence Spectroscopy, FRET, Photophysics, XRF); Structure & Purity Elucidation; Structure-Property Studies; Surface Analysis; Thermal Analysis (DSC, TGA)
  • Materials: Small Molecule Organics, Monomers, Polymers, Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs), Lanthanides, Organometallics, Composites, Hybrid Materials, Metals, Metal Oxides, Organic / Polymer Light-Emitting Diode (OLED / PLED) Materials, and Solder Alloys
  • Polymers: Acrylates, ADMET, Condensation, Electropolymerizations, Epoxies, Fluorinated, Free Radical, Heterocyclics, Ladder (BBL), Metal-Catalyzed Couplings, ROMP, Silicones, Urethanes, Polyphenylenes, Polythiophenes, and Parylenes
  • Computers: PC & Mac Hardware, Installation, Repair, Troubleshooting, and Networking; Advanced User of Applications and Services on Windows, Mac OS X / macOS, Linux, UNIX, Chrome OS, iOS, Android, and the Internet; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Project; Origin; Imaging: Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop), GIMP, ImageJ, and Pixelmator; eBook Editing and Production: Calibre, Kindle Previewer, and Sigil; Website Design: HTML, CSS, LAMP (Linux, Apache, PHP, MySQL), WordPress, Wiki, and more
  • Communications: Articles, Books, Blog Posts, eBooks, Reports, Proposals, Presentations, Posters, Instructional Materials, Marketing Documents, Safety, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Technical Writing, Training (Laboratory and Lecture), Web Design, Wiki, and Work Instructions
  • Management: Laboratory and Project Management Experience with Ongoing Leadership and Project Management Training


Director of Coating Technology, HZO, Inc., July 2019 to Present

  • Lead the Coating Technology team in developing new and optimizing existing conformal coating materials and processes through chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and other processes, as well as provide guidance and supervision of definition, selection, and development of test methods to verify coating performance and properties.

Chemical Engineer, HZO, Inc., Draper, UT, January 2018 to July 2019

  • Develop new materials and deposition processes for advanced coatings, as well as serve as a technical consultant and resident Subject Matter Expert (SME) on coatings and electronics manufacturing  industry best practices in cross-functional teams.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 2018 to Present

  • Serve as an advisor to full-time faculty, students, and the Materials Characterization Lab (MCL) in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering (MSE).

CEO, Co-Founder, & Principal Consultant, Clancy & Associates Technical Services LLC, Draper, UT, October 2016 to July 2019

  • Provide consulting for companies and other organizations in the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
  • Provide business services and practical solutions to development, manufacturing, and process issues, as well as advice, teaching materials, and training services.

Associate Director & Program Manager, Materials Characterization Lab, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, April 2017 to January 2018

  • Managed the Materials Characterization Lab in the MSE Department at the University of Utah, including managing staff, scheduling, laboratory analysis, equipment training, and billing.
  • Developed MSE Department internship program with a course on instrumental analysis for identifying materials and conducting investigations for determining a root cause, along with a survey of soft skills that would increase a student’s likelihood of career success.
  • Created marketing collateral and outreach programs to promote and increase usage of the MCL and lead tours of the lab for visitors.
  • Created process for digitizing books, equipment manuals, training certificates, etc.
  • Created Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for equipment, processes, lab analysis, reporting, and other tasks to develop a quality management system for the MCL.
  • Wrote proposals for new equipment acquisitions and interacted with equipment vendors.

CEO, Co-Founder, & Principal Consultant, Clancy & Associates Technical Services LLC, Draper, UT, October 2016 to Present

  • Provide consulting for companies and other organizations in the STEAM fields (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics).
  • Provide business services and practical solutions to development, manufacturing, and process issues, as well as advice, teaching materials, and training services.
  • Provide materials analysis services to assist in identifying materials, contamination, residues, and reverse engineering of products.
  • Provide root cause failure analysis services to find out what went wrong, how to prevent it from occurring again, protect your customers, and protect your reputation.
  • Provide training for subjects in cleaning, cleanliness testing, conformal coatings, electronics manufacturing, failure analysis, inspection, materials analysis, quality, customized courses, and more.
  • Provide technical writing services to assist in delivering reports to internal and external customers, including data charts, graphs, plots, and presentations.

Chemist and Project Manager, HZO, Inc., Draper, UT, April 2014 to July 2016

  • Developed new materials and deposition processes for advanced coatings, as well as served as a technical consultant and resident Subject Matter Expert (SME) on vacuum deposited and hybrid coatings, as well as conventional conformal coatings, electronics manufacturing materials and processes, cleaning, cleanliness testing, adhesion promotion, manufacturability, and industry best practices for the Engineering, Intellectual Property, Marketing, Operations, Quality, Sales, Strategy, and Technology groups.
  • Created Quality Control (QC) inspection guidelines and specifications for chemicals and customer products in close cooperation with the Engineering, Purchasing / Supply Chain, Quality, and Technology groups.
  • Designed experiments, ran equipment, and trained users on metrology tools and methods, plasma cleaning, adhesion promotion, and Parylene depositions.
  • Managed and performed metrology on coating materials for properties (contact angle, FTIR, microscopy, specular reflectance, UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, etc.) and performance (immersion, IP liquid ingress protection, salt fog, sulfur corrosion, UV aging, WVTR, etc.), as well as reliability and qualification testing, according to proprietary test methods, as well as ASTM, IPC, JEDEC, MIL, and other standards.
  • Created business development guidance through documents, presentations, and other collateral, as well as delivered communications through a variety of technologies, and traveling to domestic and foreign prospective customers to provide clear and concise information on surface preparation, conformal coatings, masking / de-masking and rework processes.
  • Contributed to Intellectual Property portfolio and review patent applications, as well as conducted competitive intelligence, literature research, and Internet searches.
  • Liaised with the IPC and SMTA (electronics manufacturing trade organizations) and participated on cleaning, conformal coatings, corrosion, solder mask, testing, and other committees.
  • Presented “Protecting electronics from the deleterious effects of liquids and other contaminants at the molecular level” at the IPC-SMTA High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference in November 2014.
  • Presented “Surface preparation is critical for conformal coating protection” at the SMTA Intermountain Chapter Meeting in March 2016 with Robert “Dusty” Askin III.
  • Wrote “Competitive analysis of Parylene coatings based on metrology” that was published in the November 2015 issue of Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly.

Research Associate/Chemist, ACI Technologies, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, May 2008 to January 2014

  • Managed and served as consultant and resident Subject Matter Expert (SME) on projects involving atomic layer deposition (ALD) coatings for near-hermetic protection, conductive epoxy automated dispense, corrosion-resistant coatings, high-voltage encapsulation using silicones, sensor networks for energy management, and other projects for the US Navy’s Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (EMPF), as well as the Benchmarking and Best Practices Center of Excellence (B2PCOE).
  • Led the analytical services and failure analysis group, which included building and managing diverse, multi-disciplinary teams, coordinating and planning analyses, and developing and selecting test methods.
  • Independently planned, quoted, managed, and executed root cause failure analysis and materials characterization projects based on customer requirements for hardware and manufacturing processes for aerospace, automotive, commercial, defense, industrial, medical device, and scientific instrument customers with analytical and manufacturing services in an ISO 9001:2008 Quality System registered production facility, and according to ASTM, IPC, JEDEC, MIL, and other standards.
  • Delivered over 250 project reports with greater than $550k in commercial sales. Assisted on more than 300 other projects with planning, execution, and peer review of reports with an additional $600k in commercial sales.
  • Wrote eleven articles for EMPFasis, a publication of the Electronics Manufacturing Productivity Facility (EMPF), of which two were republished in Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly: The Journal of Surface Mount and Electronics Assembly.
  • Wrote “Failure analysis techniques for electronics” instructional and technical marketing book with a case studies companion presentation for commercial services and professional skills training courses.
  • Updated curriculum and delivered instruction for Failure Analysis and Reliability Testing in Electronics and Electronics Manufacturing Boot Camps, and updated failure analysis curriculum for Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) course sequence for the US Army.
  • Initiated, developed a process, and trained others on eBook production and editing; delivering ePub (.epub) and Mobipocket (.mobi) versions of six books published by ACI that existed previously as print and PDF editions.

Staff Scientist, NanoSelect, Inc., Newark, DE, May 2006 to March 2008

  • Designed, synthesized, and analyzed small molecule organics, self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), and polymers for functional coatings and surface modifications of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and other electrodes on integrated circuits (ICs) serving as electrochemical sensors for analytes in aqueous solution.
  • Evaluated ion-sensitive field effect transistor (ISFET) devices as sensors and determined the root cause of a 50% failure rate for ISFETs by examining the CAD data and found errors in the silicon design, leading to a Corrective and Preventative Action (CAPA) for the following Metal Oxide Semiconductor Implementation Service (MOSIS) run.
  • Assisted materials engineers with thermal-chemical vapor deposition (TCVD) and plasma enhanced-CVD (PE-CVD) growth of CNTs, initiated-CVD (iCVD) growth of polymer films, as well as supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) fluid infusion processes.
  • Planned projects, created budgets, wrote reports and standard operating procedures (SOPs), and helped train users to operate an NMR spectrometer, electrochemistry equipment, and perform electropolymerizations, as well as organic chemistry methods for surface passivation.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, China Lake, CA, February 2005 to May 2006

  • Designed, synthesized, and characterized electron deficient (n-type) heterocyclic monomers and polymers for use in electro-optical applications, such as advanced charge storage devices, namely polymeric supercapacitors.
  • Developed and performed experiments to determine the electrochemical properties of the organic polymer films and devices.
  • Published a project in the peer-reviewed Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2007, 154 (4), G95-G98.

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, August 2000 to February 2005
Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX, August 1999 to August 2000

  • Designed, synthesized, and characterized conjugated polymers, metal coordinating ligands, and lanthanide complexes for light-emitting applications, such as organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, chemical sensing, and optical signal amplifiers for telecommunications.
  • Developed experiments to determine the energy transfer parameters for polymers donating energy to visible and infrared emissive materials.
  • Published multiple projects in the MRS, PMSE, and SPIE proceedings. Presented project results to an audience of my peers at MRS and SPIE meetings.

Research Technologist, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL, July 1997 to August 1999

  • Synthesized and characterized diagnostic tools and therapeutic candidates for muscular and neurodegenerative diseases in the form of carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, monomers and oligomers of peptide nucleic acids via solution or solid-phase synthesis, which led to multiple publications for the primary investigators.
  • Collaborated with multiple molecular biology and neuroscience research groups, contributing to discussions in regular group meetings.


  • HZO:People’s Choice Award, October 2015.
      • Awarded by a peer for excellence in teamwork.
    • People’s Choice Award, November 2014.
      • Awarded by the head of HR for excellence in teamwork.
    • Certificate of Appreciation for speaking at the SMTA Intermountain Chapter Meeting, March 2016.
  • ACI Technologies:Five Years of Service Award, December 2013
  • Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division:American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005 to 2006.
      • Awarded for an ASEE/NRL proposal I wrote on the synthesis and computational chemistry of soluble electron deficient (n-type) conjugated polymers.
  • University of Southern California:Harold E. Moulton Graduate Fellowship, 2004
    • Benson Endowed Fellowship, 2003 to 2005Research Assistantship, 2000 to 2005
    • Beckman Foundation Research Fellowship, 2000 to 2002.
    • Awarded for showing successful progress during my graduate studies.
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville:Above and Beyond Employee Recognition, 1997.
      • Awarded for successful anti-sense (RNA-binding) and anti-gene (DNA-binding) experiments using the peptide nucleic acid (PNA) sequences that I synthesized.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.
    • Synthetic and electrochemical research in conjugated heterocyclic polymer films for charge storage applications.
    • Adviser: David Irvin, Ph.D.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, University of Southern California.
    • Dissertation: “Design and syntheses of polymeric materials for visible and near-infrared emitting applications.”
    • Adviser: Aaron Harper, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, University of North Florida.
    • Undergraduate research in flow injection analysis (FIA) and ion exchange polymer membranes.
    • Adviser: Stuart Chalk, Ph.D.


  • HZO, Inc. Employment Law for Managers, February 2016. Instructor: Jonathan K. Driggs, Attorney at Law, P.C.
    • Leadership Training, “Turn the Ship Around: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders,” January 2015. Instructor: Vallen Blackburn, HZO Corporate Controller
    • Leadership Training, “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable,” November 2014. Instructor: Cindy McCollum, Outstanding by Design LLC
    • Engineering Best Practices, December 8, 2014. Instructor: Dan Triplett, HZO Principal Engineer
  • Certificate, Digital Analytics Fundamentals, Google Analytics Academy, 2013
  • Certificate, Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) Short Course, University of California at Los Angeles, 2012 AVS Southern California Chapter Short Course Program. Instructor: Steven George, Ph.D.
  • Certificate, Project Management, University of Delaware, 2010 Modules in: Project Management Fundamentals; Project Planning Using Microsoft Project; Finance and Resource Management of Projects; Project Teams and Communication; and Project Presentations
    • Instructors: John Kmetz, DBA; Jo Kmetz; and Mike McNeel, MBA, PMP
  • ACI Technologies, Inc. (B2PCOE, EMPF) Certified IPC Specialist, IPC-A-600 – Acceptability of Printed Boards, 2013, Serial: 600-S 4509, Expired 2015
    • Benchmarking and Best Practices, 2009
    • Failure Analysis and Reliability Testing in Electronics, 2008
    • Electronics Manufacturing Boot Camp A – Electronics Manufacturing Processes, 2008


  • SMTA Intermountain Chapter March Meeting, Draper, UT, March 2016.
    • Title: “Surface preparation is critical for conformal coating protection.” Oral presentation with Robert “Dusty” Askin III.
  • IPC-SMTA High-Reliability Cleaning and Conformal Coating Conference 2014, Schaumburg, IL, November 2014.
    • Title: “Protecting electronics from the deleterious effects of liquids and other contaminants at the molecular level.” Oral presentation.
  • Custom one-day lecture course on “Failure analysis and reliability testing in electronics manufacturing,” New Albany, IN, September 2013.
  • Nano for Business 2010 Conference, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, May 2010.
    • Invited panelist for Nanotechnology Health and Safety, focusing on tin whiskers and other unintended consequences of the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.
  • The 48th SPIE Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, August 2003.
    • Title: “Energy transfer from polyphenylene-type polymers to a series of Coumarins and other acceptors.” Oral presentation.
  • The 2003 National Materials Research Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 2003.
    • Title: “Energy transfer from polyphenylene-type polymers to a series of dyes.” Poster presentation.


Podcast – Invited Guest


  • Clancy, S. O., Failure analysis techniques for electronics. Philadelphia, PA: ACI Technologies, 2012. Print.

Refereed Journal Article

  • Witker, D. L.; Clancy, S. O.; Irvin, D. I.; Stenger-Smith; J. D.; Irvin, J. A., “Electrochemical deposition of a new n-doping polymer based on bis(thienyl)isopyrazole.” Journal of the Electrochemical Society 2007, 154 (4), G95-G98.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Padmaperuma, A. B.; Clancy, S. O.; Harper, A. W., “The structure-property relationship of conjugated polymers: the effect of heteroaromatic rings and connectivity on photophysical properties.” Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering 2003, 88, 514.
  • Clancy, S. O.; Padmaperuma, A. B.; Harper, A. W., “Energy transfer studies of polyphenylene-type polymers to a series of dyes.” Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings 2003, 771 (Organic and Polymeric Materials and Devices), 71.
  • Clancy, S. O.; Padmaperuma, A. B.; Harper, A. W., “Energy transfer from polyphenylene-type polymers to a series of Coumarins and other acceptors.” Proceedings of SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering 2003, 5224 (Nanomaterials and Their Optical Applications), 113.

EMPFasis Articles, Company Newsletter and Navy Deliverable

  • Clancy, S. O., “Atomic layer deposition (ALD) successfully used as a conformal coating for radar components.” EMPFasis 2013, Volume 3, Number 4, 4.
  • Clancy, S. O., “New conductive epoxy resin leads to cost reduction of RF tuner systems for JSF.” EMPFasis 2013, Volume 3, Number 2, 5.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Technical data package recommendations for open architecture electronics manufacturing.” EMPFasis 2012, Volume 1, Number 1, 4.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Reworking ALD coatings.” EMPFasis 2010, December, 2.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Attaching fiber optic modules.” EMPFasis 2010, November, 3.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Ball grid array (BGA) voiding affecting functionality.” EMPFasis 2010, August, 2. Republished as “Avoid the BGA voids.” Reprinted Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly 2010, November, 40.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Surface finish issues affecting solderability and reliability.” EMPFasis 2010, March, 2.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Cleanliness/corrosion mitigation.” EMPFasis 2009, December, 3. Republished as “Cleanliness and corrosion mitigation.” Reprinted Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly 2010, April, 50.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Non-destructive test methods.” EMPFasis 2009, October, 3.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Five types of conformal coatings.” EMPFasis 2009, May, 3.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Methods of detecting contamination.” EMPFasis 2008, November, 3.

Trade Magazine Articles

  • Clancy, S. O., “Competitive analysis of Parylene coatings based on metrology.” Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly2015,November, 28.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Avoid the BGA voids.” Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly2010,November, 40. Credited only as ACI Technologies; reprint of an EMPFasis article as mentioned above.
  • Clancy, S. O., “Cleanliness and corrosion mitigation.” Printed Circuit Design & Fab/Circuits Assembly2010,April, 50. Credited only as ACI Technologies; reprint of an EMPFasis article as mentioned above.

Patent Applications

  • Stevens, B.; Yun, Y.;Clancy, S. O.“Combining different types of moisture-resistant materials.” United States Patent Application: 20160014923. US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), 14 Jan. 2016.
  • Su, T.;Clancy, S. O.; Hsueh, C.L.; Yun, Y.; Cao, L. “Protective coatings for electronic devices and atomic layer deposition processes for forming the protective coatings.” United States Patent Application: 20150361551. US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), 17 Dec. 2015.

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