Michael J. Burns


Additional info, including a CV, can be gathered from my Boston College Website.

I've been working professionally in scientific & engineering areas since I was an undergraduate, in a number of application areas. I am sometimes available for outside consulting, depending on the rules imposed by my employer. My technical specialty is Solid State & Physics with special emphasis on thin film process development and electronic & optical properties of materials & devices. Over the years I've applied this expertise to a number of industries & application areas which is why the list below is so broad. I have hourly, daily and weekly rates with substantial discounts for the courser time granularity. Obviously, I can sign a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) if needed.  Topics I can help on include but are not limited to these below. The organization names in brackets [] are employers or clients where these skills have been utilized.

I have broad experience delineated in my bio, my LinkedIn page, my publications, and patents. Please look them over and email me at if you have any questions, including questions about my rates.

Past consulting clients have included:

Albany Nanotech Center (instrument circuit design & cryoelectronics)
Boston College (plasmonics)
Q1 Nanosystems (Advisory Board Member 2012-2016), solar cell technology, thin film process development)

Conductus, Inc. (thin film process development, electronic instrument design, cryoelectronics, deposition system design, SQUID technology)
Donít Ask Computer Software, Inc. (consulted on personal computer software development)
Fronesis Technology (
solar energy load controller technology)
Great Bay Ventures (technical & business plan due diligence)
Harvard University OEB (Holbrook Lab on electronic physiology instrument design & fabrication)

Lilliputian Systems (SOFCs, patent writing)

Solasta (solar cell technology, thin film process development)

Star Cryoelectronics (thin film process development, patent due diligence as well as software, electronic instrument design,
x-ray detectors, SQUIDs, cryogenics & cryogenic sensors)
Varioscale (laser CVD & lasers, and laser-material interactions, thin film process development, laser CVD, laser etching)
ZeaSoft (computer security & laptop tracking)

Other collaborations over the years, as an individual or while working as part of a larger organization, have included:

Boston College (solar cell technology, nanostructures, photonic band gap, 3-D Electromagnetic Simulations, ELISA)
Caltech (MRI, superconductivity, plant physiology)
Cambridge Nanotech (atomic layer deposition)
Carnegie Mellon (MRI, plant physiology)
Harvard University (
Holbrook Lab on optical physiology measurements, plant physiology, TDR of soils, ichthyology)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (laser processing of materials)
MicroContinuum (Nano Imprint Lithography (NIL))
QD Vision (quantum dots, solar cell technology)
Stanford University (plant physiology, TDR of soils)
University of California, Berkeley (
University of Florida (
thin film process development, electrophoresis, superconductivity, plant physiology, TDR of soils)


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