Dr. Francois Batllo is currently a R&D Director for Nalco Water in Naperville, IL. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, France. Professional interests focus on nanotechnology, system and material development for various industries. His current projects include: development of colloidal materials for catalysts, abrasive and investment casting applications. Authored over 15 patents and applications and over 30 publications in renowned international scientific journals.