About

Creating Value at Every
Stage of Innovation

Tetramer Team

“Tetramer is a company where technology finds the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to allow its transition to market and  where people find the tools and opportunities to fulfill their own potential.” — Jeff DiMaio, CEO

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Our commitment to the technology

Each member of the Tetramer Team has a deep desire to see new materials make it into the market and benefit the consumer. A new material that languishes in the lab is a failure. This belief has driven us to this work and gives us great joy in aiding our industrial and government partners.

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Our commitment to our people and their growth as scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs

We provide both the physical and technical infrastructure (the building, the lab space, the hoods, the supplies and the analytical capabilities) and the operational infrastructure (finance, IT, safety, professional development) to allow our team to focus on transitioning technologies from the lab to the market. Tetramer is a place where scientists are themselves their only limitation.

Tetramer Core Competencies

Tetramer has the team and infrastructure in place to support materials development and commercialization across all stages of the development lifecycle. We come alongside our customers to develop and transition new applied materials to the market through a fundamental understanding of chemistry and business.

We are experts in:

  • Chemical Synthesis

  • Design of Functional Materials

  • Fundamental Structure/Property Relationships of Materials

  • World Class Analytical Characterization Capabilities

  • Process Research to Reduce Manufacturing Costs

  • Intimate Joint Customer Product Development

Tetramer Axioms

First created by our team in 2008, these are our guiding principles

Have Fun

We will have fun not only in the creation of leading edge technology, but also as a group through sharing of cultures and fun activities.


Life is too short for work to be boring! We celebrate our successes with the Party Button, we gather together with our families a couple of times a year for crawfish and beer, we take time out for throwing donut holes (doccino), we eat copious amounts of popcorn together, we wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Environment of Amnesty

We believe that people have a right to speak their truth as they see it. Giving credit is more productive than taking credit. People are doing the best they can with what they have – and want to get better. Ideas have creative amperage, have no degree hierarchy, and all will be heard, discussed, and considered. Mea Culpa is a powerful motivator.

This one is huge for us. The work environment we create and sustain energizes our team and enables our success. This goes for all our communications – both internally as we collaborate with each other and externally in our interactions with our partners and customers.

Safety

We will have a clean and safe work environment by maintaining an organized lab, practicing correct laboratory habits, being courteous and considerate of coworkers, and using the 50 feet safe circle rule. The laboratory environment reflects on the quality of our work and on Tetramer as a whole.

In our line of work, a robust safety program is not optional. At Tetramer, our commitment to Safety is clear in our culture. We have an employee led safety committee that oversees all aspects of safety. They oversee monthly safety training and testing. We believe we have a responsibility to ourselves and our coworkers to proactively prevent safety incidents.

Project Success Oriented Communication

Internal and external team communication will focus on project success goals, not personal agendas. Face-to-face is always best.

Transitioning technologies is why we are here. We are committed to the successful accomplishment of the goals of our customers and partners above all else, and purposeful communication of risks, timelines, issues, progress and successes are critical. We believe that, while not always convenient, there is great value in face-to-face interaction, whether that means flying in for a meeting or video conferencing for an update.

Live Within Our Means

Enough said.

Fiscal responsibility has been a priority since our founding in 2001. Being good stewards of our own funds as well as the dedicated funds from our partners is of utmost importance.

Be Efficient and Effective in Meetings

Meetings will be called when necessary and will not waste our time. However, efficiency will not come at the cost of creativity. All project meetings should have minutes which are distributed.

We meet to collaborate and exchange ideas, but we won’t meet for the sake of meeting. Our time is valuable, and we will not waste it. We will do our best to differentiate between discussions/brainstorming sessions and decisions/down-select meetings.

Encourage Professional Development Opportunities

When we grow, our value to our customers grows.

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” -- Henry Ford.
At Tetramer, we are “doing our best and trying to get better” in everything. We are living out this commitment with professional development opportunities and a culture of candid feedback. We know that project and company success are tied to our individual growth, and growth always requires honesty and effort.

Clearly Assign Duties to Work More Efficiently

Expectations of individuals within projects will be clearly defined.

By maintaining clear expectations for our work within our team, we can best serve our customers and our teammates, both personally and technically.

Transform Ideas into Value Added Commercial Products with Quality and Integrity

Transforming creative ideas into products generates competitive advantages for our customers and for Tetramer. However, without personal enjoyment of customer relationships based on integrity, ethics, open technical communications, and good personal interactions, mutual success will not be achieved. Therefore, we work only with customers that meet these criteria.

We work with customers who share our values. We realize every individual and every company is unique, but partners must have shared trust and understanding before we can create. Demonstrated integrity and ethics lead to open technical communications and good personal relationships with each of our customers. Clear alignment in these areas paves the way for business and technical success.

About Tetramer

Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C. was formed as an Advanced Materials enterprise in 2001 near Clemson University. With backgrounds in organic, physical, polymer, and analytical chemistry, ceramic engineering, materials science, and chemical engineering, our scientists’ expertise in materials design, synthesis, analytics, and scale-up allows us to address a broad range of technical and market challenges.

Tetramer performs research, development, and manufacturing of advanced materials and specialty chemicals, with an emphasis on the design of monomer and polymer molecular architectures to add value to our customers’ products. From low fat chocolate to laser weapons systems, Tetramer Molecular Architects work with our customers across a broad range of applications. Some of our current areas of emphasis include nanoparticle synthesis and dispersions for optical devices; polymeric membranes for a variety of applications including gas separation, fuel cells, electrolyzers and water vapor transport; environmentally acceptable lubricants created from plant-based oils; optical polymers; and high temperature fiber coatings.

Tetramer’s partners come from a wide range of Industries (from food to oil & gas) as well as Defense and Energy sectors. We are passionate about helping New Ventures accelerate new materials toward commercial success. We have walked through the challenges of materials development and our experience and existing infrastructure make us uniquely suited to serve our partners through all the stages of innovation and manufacturing.

History

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2009
2011
2013
2017
2018

2001

Tetramer founded to manufacture optical polymers for the planar waveguide industry

2003

Tetramer R&D expanded to general advanced materials

2009

Tetramer begins serving the Department of Defense

2011

Analytical lab built out to support R&D efforts

2013

18,000 sq ft research lab purchased from Clemson University

2017

ISO9001-2015 Certified Quality Management System

2018

Tetramer begin manufacturing and sales of proprietary polyimide polymers

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