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Dr. Joseph Lichtenhan

Co-Founder - Hybrid Plastics



Dr. Lichtenhan is a pioneer and world authority in the field of POSS® Nanostructured® Chemicals. His insights into their commercial utility launched the global sales for POSS® in 1998. Prior to starting Hybrid Plastics, he served for seven years as a Technical and Business Area Director for the Polymeric Components Program at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Propulsion lab. He received his BS from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine. 

Address: Hybrid Plastics
55 W. L. Runnels Industrial Drv.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401 USA

Office Phone: 601-544-3466 
Fax: 601-545-3103

Title: POSS® Surfaces:  How They Impact Biological and Industrial Polymers and Coatings


Company Background and History


In the early 1990s, a scientific team under the direction of Dr. Joseph Lichtenhan at Edwards Air Force Base in California invented the first new class of chemical feedstocks to be developed in 50 years - Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane or POSS® as it’s known.  In 1998, Dr. Lichtenhan and his team spun this POSS® technology out of the Air Force Research Laboratory and founded Hybrid Plastics®.  Thus began the process of the Company converting from a small R&D facility to a true manufacturing company.  In 2004 the Company took its next major step and relocated from California to Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  It acquired a 15 acre manufacturing site and developed an association with one of the best polymers schools in the United States - the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials - which is also located in Hattiesburg.


Today Hybrid Plastics® is one of the top 10 nanotechnology companies in the United States.  Its dedicated staff of scientists and engineers have received awards naming their customer service as unparalleled in the global high performance fillers market.   Hybrid Plastics® is unique among nanotech companies because it actually manufactures its nano-products on a multi-ton scale at its 35,000 sq. ft. facility.  The Company sells worldwide with 40% of its sales overseas. 


Nanotechnology holds the promise of being the science of the 21st Century.  Indeed, the National Science and Technology Council has stated "Nanotechnology could impact the production of virtually every human-made object…”  POSS® nanoscopic chemicals provide unique opportunities to create revolutionary material combinations through a melding of the desirable properties of ceramics and polymers at the 1 nm length scale. These new combinations enable the circumvention of classic material performance trade-offs by exploiting the synergy and properties that only occur between materials at the nanoscale.  They release no VOCs and, thereby, produce no odor or air pollution, while offering easy incorporation into existing manufacturing protocols.   These elegant chemicals also push the technology into new applications such as soluble yet biologically inert delivery vehicles for pharmaceuticals and medical applications such as biocompatible prosthetics. Learn more about POSS Technology