Biography - David Thompson, Applied Materials


Dr. David Thompson, Technology Manager, Process Chemistry, Applied Materials

David Thompson joined Applied Materials in March of 2010 to lead development in ALD process chemistry.   He did his undergraduate studies in chemical engineering and moved on to pursue a Ph.D. in the organometallic chemistry of fullerenes and nanotubes.  Both of these degrees were obtained at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Following a postdoctoral Materials Science appointment at the Royal Military College of Canada modeling non-stoichiometry in nuclear materials, David joined Praxair Inc. in 2001.

At Praxair, David held a variety of roles related to ALD and CVD precursor development in Praxair’s research and development organization.  He participated in the development and commercialization precursors currently in use today for high volume manufacturing of semiconductor devices.  David has 13 granted US patents, with more than an additional 15 pending.  While at Praxair, he collaborated closely with many customers on ALD chemistry discovery and process development.

David currently leads a small growing team of chemists based out Sunnyvale, California and IIT Bombay in Mumbai tasked with the discovery and identification of chemistries for new differentiated tool offerings.