MemPro Ceramics Corporation, of which John M. Finley II '70
is chairman and CEO, is the recipient of a 2007 NorTech Innovation
Award. The annual awards program recognizes companies in Northeast
Ohio creating and developing breakthrough innovative technologies.
MemPro Ceramics has combined polymer processing with ceramic
production to make a new filtration technology using ceramic
nanofibers to capture/filter undesirable particles while removing
gaseous pollutants from the environment. The innovation will
dramatically reduce the costs of using catalysts in the production
of pharmaceutical and biotech products, fine and bulk chemicals,
as well as food and beverages. Recently, a working prototype
was built in partnership with the University of Akron to
demonstrate the efficacy of the filters and the benefits of
employing ceramic nanofibers to take advantage of large surface/volume
ratio these nanostructures offer.
Finley, who earned his St. Lawrence degree in
physics, holds an MBA from the University of Rochester. At
St. Lawrence, he was inducted into the leadership honorary society
Omicron Delta Kappa and was a
member of the lacrosse team.
He has served the University as a trustee and a member of the
Alumni Executive Council, and has been active in Reunion planning and
fund-raising, as well as in volunteering in admissions and career planning.
Posted: November 30, 2007