Our Team

Ocean Exchange Team

Curtis Zimmerman

Chief Legal Counsel | Forge Nano

Responsible for overseeing and identifying legal issues in all departments along with their interrelation to the business and technological operations of Forge Nano.

Prior Positions

Manager, Government Liaison, BASF Corporation. Responsible for identifying Government and external collaborative activities and backward integrating into BASF’s technological and business landscape. Advocacy concerning chemical and energy policy issues. Transactional law focused on technology.

Manager, Inorganic Pigments & Materials, Performance Chemicals Research Division of BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

Senior Manager, New Technologies & Effect Materials, Performance Chemicals Research Division of BASF in Tarrytown, New York.

Various technical managerial positions in materials science with an emphasis on pearlescence, optical thin films, fine particle science, and colloid chemistry for over 25 years.

Senior Scientist, Geo-Centers, Inc. focused on powder technology & military obscuration at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.


JD from Pace Law School with minor in intellectual property.
Member of the New York Bar.

PhD in Physical Chemistry from Clarkson University, New York.

BS in Chemistry from Millersville University, Pennsylvania.

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