Meet the XlynX Team

Meet the XlynX team of experienced entrepreneurs and research scientists who are creating innovative carbon nanomaterials and crosslinking polymer technologies.

Peter Berrang

CEO & President
Peter Berrang is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and run multiple successful high technology companies.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and a graduate degree in Chemistry. He holds over 30 patents in a broad array of disciplines including magnetics, fiber optics, semiconductor lasers, neural implants, chemical structures, and high strength fabrics.

Peter is a co-founder and President of XlynX Materials and continues to be active in other business and high technology research activities.
Mary McFarland, Director of Business Development

Mary McFarland

Director of Business Development

Mary McFarland has a combination of science and business experience to draw on in her role as Director of Business Development with XlynX Materials. She holds an MSc in Chemistry and an MBA, and has worked in research and development, sales and marketing, administration, and as a CEO in such diverse fields as paints and adhesives, oceanography, medical devices, e-business, and program management.

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Dr. Jeremy Wulff, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Wulff

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Jeremy Wulff is a Full Professor in the Chemistry department at the University of Victoria. Since joining the University in 2007, he has established a vigorous research program combining total synthesis of structurally complex natural products with detailed biochemical and cell-based assays to probe the bioactivity of the synthetic targets. 

Dr. Wulff holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Bioactive Small Molecule Synthesis and supervises a team of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows carrying out research on a broad spectrum of chemistry-related disciplines. 

The invention of the first universal crosslinking reagents for polymers (Science 2019) initiated Dr. Wulff's collaboration with XlynX Materials and he continues to play a critical role as Scientific Advisor to the company.

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Dr. Ian Booth

Senior Research Scientist

Ian Booth is an exceptional research physicist who began his career early, graduating with at BSc at the age of 17. A subsequent PhD in Physics led to work as a university lecturer and a fibre optics R&D scientist, and to running his own consulting practice, Autonetics Research Associates.  

Ian holds multiple patents, the most recent in the field of carbon chemistry. He is the primary developer of XlynX’s graphane production process.


Pressure dependent compensation in InSb (With M.H. Hawton and W.J. Keeler) Phys.Rev.B 25 (1982)7713-7718

ODMR of Bismuth and Sulphur in GaP (With C.F.Schwerdtfeger)Solid State Communications, 45 (1983) 877-879

Fisher’s exact probability test (With A.D.Booth) Math Gazette 67 (1983) 131-133

On a class of least-squares curve fitting problems (With A.D.Booth) J. Computational Phys. 53 No.1 (January 1984) 72-81

P.E.T. Revisited, a 40 year overview (With A.D.Booth) Physics in Canada 40 No. 2 (March 1984) 57-60

An interesting determinant (With A.D.Booth) Math Gazette 68 (1984) 281-283

Non-equilibrium Effects in Electromagnetic Resonators, Speculations in Science and Technology 8 (1985) 3-6

Computer Development and Construction at Saskatoon 1962-1972 (With A.D.Booth) CIPS 84

Conference Proceedings

Anomalous surface effects in vacuum tubes, Speculations in Science and Technology 8 (1985) 219-223

Optically detected cyclotron resonance in Silver Bromide (With C.F. Schwerdtfeger) Phys.Stat.Sol.(B) 130 (1985) 749-756

O.D.M.R. in Zinc Phosphide and Gallium Telluride (With C.F. Schwerdtfeger) Solid State Comm. 55 (1985) 817-822

An interesting set of simultaneous non-linear equations (With A.D. Booth) J. Computational Phys. 65 (1986) 481-485

Platform orientation corrections for a correlation sonar in ice velocity measurements (With A.D. Booth) ICE Research 13 (1986) 10-14

Piezospectroscopy of the ground and excited states of zinc double acceptors in germanium (with Labrie, D, Thewalt, M. L. W, Haller, E. E.) Phys. Rev. B, 38-8,(1988) 5504-5510

Far-infrared absorption and near-infrared excitation spectroscopy of isoelectronic bound excitons in Si:Be+C (with D. Labrie, S.P. Watkins, M.L.W. Thewalt), Solid State Communications, 63-2 (1987) 115-118

A note on the progressive calculation of the mean and the variance (With A.D. Booth) J. Computational Physics, Vol 77, Issue 2, 1988, 537-539,.Energy extraction from the quantum electrodynamic fluctuations of the vacuum state, Speculations in Science and Technology, 10 (1987) 201-204

Operation of diode laser pumped Tm:ZBLAN upconversion fiber laser at 482 nm (With C.J. Mackechnie and B.F. Ventrudo) IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 32-1 (1996) 118-123

Photodegradation of near infrared pumped Tm doped ZBLAN fibre upconversion lasers (With J.L. Archambault and B.F. Ventrudo) Optics Letters 21-5 (1996) 348-350

Conference Papers 

Pressure dependent Hall effect measurements in n-InSb (With W.J. Keeler and S.M. Fong) Presented at the 1979 congress of the CAP

Optically detected cyclotron resonance in Silver Bromide (With C.F. Schwerdtfeger) Presented at the 1985 Conference of the American Physical Society

Photoluminescence and Far Infra-Red studies of a new Isoelectric Bound Exciton in Silicon. Presented at the 1986 conference of the American Physical Society

A compact blue upconversion fiber laser pumped by a diode-pumpable Raman fiber laser (With G.S.Feller, B. Srinivasan, S.G.Grubb, and R.K.Jain) CLEO 1996

Fiber-grating based dense WDM transmitters (With M.Ziari, A.Mathur, H.Jeon, and R.J.Lang) NFOEC 1997

ITU channel laser source with stimulated Brillouin scattering threshold of over 29 dBm (With M. Ziari, E. Vail, V. Agrawal, A. Mathur, J. Major, Y. Zou, P. Freeman, S. and MacCormack) OFC 1998

Laser source with high stimulated Brillouin scattering threshold for dynamic gain control in fiber amplifiers (With M. Ziari, E. Vail, V. Agrawal, A. Mathur, J. Major, Y. Zou, J.P. Zhang, P. Freeman, S. MacCormack, and J. Walmsley) Optical amplifiers and applications 1999
Dr. Minh-Hai Tran, Research Scientist

Dr. Minh-Hai Tran

Research Scientist

Minh-Hai Tran holds an MSc and PhD in Applied Physics and is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow under the supervision of Alexandre Brolo Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria. She has been working with carbon nanomaterials since 2011 and has numerous publications in this field.

Dr. Tran brings hands on expertise in the chemistry/physics of graphene and its derivatives as well as experience in electrochemistry, the synthesis of carbon based materials, and nanomaterials characterization to her role as Research Scientist with XlynX Materials.

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