Kirk Brown

Applications Engineer at Geminatio

Kirk joined Geminatio in December 2023 after a long career in semiconductor fabrication and lithography chemistry applications.  He received his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry at Oregon State University in 1991 where his research focused on coherent Raman spectroscopy of gas-phase molecular clusters. Kirk then was a post-doctoral research fellow at Pacific Northwest National Labs where he studied the formation and reactions of molecular clusters in the upper atmosphere.  From there, he moved to AMI Semiconductors where he led the Photolithography Process team as well as configured the Litho area of a new fab.

In 1997, Kirk moved to WaferTech in Camas WA to lead the photo process team in the startup of a new fab.  In 2000, Kirk joined Shipley Co. (later known as Rohm and Haas, Dow, Dow-DuPont, and finally DuPont). While at DuPont, Kirk served as the primary conduit between internal R&D and leading edge customer fabs, applying his knowledge of lithography processes to guide the development and commercialization of innovative materials to meet customers’ needs.  He also developed a series of lectures on the science of lithography that he taught both internally and externally to customer engineering teams in fabs all around the world. Kirk retired from DuPont in December 2022.