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Ocean Exchange Team

Charles S. Christ Jr.

Director R&D and Technical Services, Tronox Global Holdings Pty Ltd

Charles S. Christ Jr. received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Cedarville College in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Florida in 1989.

He completed Postdoctoral work at MIT in 1992 and joined Eastman Kodak Company in the Environmental Sciences Section in the same year. His early work focused on many different aspects of photoprocessing chemistry including the use of photocatalysis, electrochemistry and unique silver recovery chemistry for purification of photoprocessing solutions.

He transitioned into a commercialization role for the photoprocessing business. With a strong background in retail photofinishing technology and development, he then moved into Ektacolor Photographic Paper and was responsible for developing strategy and maintaining intellectual property for the photographic output business. He then became the Director of Thermal Systems and Hardcopy Quality, where he spent several years developing thermal printers, paper and the colorant used to create digital photographs. He led Thermal Printing at Kodak through a revitalization yielding numerous new media and printer products and technologies supporting the Professional, Home Printing and Kiosk/Retail Markets.

He moved from Kodak to become the Global Director of Filtration Technology Development and Commercialization at Donaldson Company in Minneapolis, MN, where he was responsible for fundamental filtration research, advanced development, new product development, and current product engineering. A recent expansion now includes membrane development. His focus was developing new products and technologies in the areas of air, mist, and liquid filtration, and identifying new markets and applications for filtration materials and technology.

He spent two years as SVP of Product Development and CTO for Ergotron Inc. He built the future vision for Ergotron products and technology to improve the way people work and learn, enabling a more healthy interaction between technology, people and the systems that link them together. 

In 2020 he moved back to the materials world to lead research, product development and technical services at Tronox plc, the largest vertically integrated manufacturer of Titanium Dioxide.

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“Ocean Exchange has a platform to enable people with information that they need to know about the ocean and then to showcase new technologies that are on the forefront of really helping the ocean and the planet.”

“The quality of the content and the people who are involved with Ocean Exchange is all high end.”

“Besides funding, Ocean Exchange provides access to a wide area network of incredibly talented people in organizations that really do just want to help people.”

“Ocean Exchange is really about helping the little guys grow and in so doing, helping the big guys be better ocean citizens.”

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