Corporate Management


David J. Arthur, Chief Executive Officer

David J. Arthur has more than 30 years experience commercializing products utilizing advanced materials, including work at Rogers Corporation, A.T. Cross Company, TPI Composites, Helix Technologies, and Eikos. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University, master of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and a master of business administration degree from Northeastern University. In 2005, Arthur co-founded Chasm Technologies, a consulting firm that helps its clients commercialize new products through smart application of materials science and process technology. Since 2006, he has been CEO of SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT), a leading producer of single-wall and specialty multi-wall carbon nanotube materials for electronics, energy storage and composites applications.

Daniel Resasco, Chief Scientist and Founder

Daniel Resasco is SWeNT’s chief scientist and directs the carbon nanotube research team that invented the CoMoCAT® catalytic process.  He also is Douglas and Hilda Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering and George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Resasco holds numerous industrial patents and has been principal investigator on many federal and state research grants.  A former senior scientist for Sun Oil Co., he is a frequent industrial consultant for Fortune 500 energy and chemical companies and a sought-after speaker at industrial and academic conferences. 

In 2004, Resasco received the Oklahoma Chemist Award from the American Chemical Society and the Yale Science and Engineering Award.  He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Catalysis and formerly served on the editorial board of Applied Catalysis.

He holds a doctoral degree from Yale University.

John WhortonJohn Whorton, Chief Financial Officer

Whorton, a CPA, has more than 30 years professional experience in both corporate and entrepreneurial settings in a variety of industries, including business services, manufacturing, energy and life sciences regulatory compliance. This experience includes multiple start-up business units in both capital-intensive and service organizations.

Whorton has served in such corporate capacities as president CEO, vice president marketing and sales, and chief financial officer. He has raised significant capital in equity and debt placements in both the public and private markets and has negotiated numerous joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Most recently, Whorton served as an enterprise director for i2E, a private not-for-profit Oklahoma corporation focused on wealth creation by growing the technology-based entrepreneurial economy within the state.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Oklahoma City University.

Richard Jansen, VP of Sales and Marketing

Richard Jansen has more than 30 years experience in sales, marketing and new business development for specialty materials. An expert in integrating sales and marketing strategies to achieve competitive dominance, he leads SWeNT’s efforts to accelerate sales growth, build customer relationships and further improve customer satisfaction. Jansen previously held executive positions with Taconic, Eikos Inc. and Rogers Corp.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

Ricardo SilvyRicardo Prada Silvy, VP of Research and Development

Prada Silvy is Vice President of Research and Development at SWeNT, he is an expert in developing and scaling up catalysts used in the refining, petrochemical and carbon nanotube industries, a consultant at Petrobras Cenpes in gas-to-liquid technology, and an affiliate professor at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He holds a BS degree in chemistry with a major in chemical engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela (1981) and MSc (1984) and PhD degrees in catalysis and material science (1987) from the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He has more than 25 years experience managing R&D projects and organizations, where 10 of them were spent developing and scaling processes for producing different types of carbon nanotubes and other nanomaterials.

Prada Silvy is the author of more than 20 international patents on new catalyst systems employed for different oil refining and petrochemical processes and has published more than 100 scientific articles and communications. Before joining SWeNT, he worked for Nanocyl S.A., the Université Catholique de Louvain, Petróleos de Venezuela S.A (PDVSA), and Procter & Gamble Co.

© 2012, SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc. SWeNT® and CoMoCAT® are registered trademarks of SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc.  Products and processes mentioned herein are covered by U.S. Patent Nos. 6333016, 6413487 and 6955800, as well as other pending patent applications in the U.S. and around the world.