As a part of his role with the Electronics and Energy Group Laboratory, Dr. Free has worked on a diverse set of technologies including pen-based touch systems, optical films, reflective sheeting and optical coating, and digital printing.
Young Scientist Challenge Role:
3M Product Development Specialist
3M Business Unit:
Electronics Energy Group
Meet Dr. Free. Dr. Benton Free is a product development specialist in the 3M Electronics and Energy Group Laboratory Incubator and is responsible for developing and reducing to practice new to the world products and processes within his division. Starting in 2000 as an analytical chemist in the Measurement Group in 3M’s Engineering Systems Tech Center (ESTC), Free worked to develop on-line measurement techniques and chemical and biological sensor technologies.
Free moved to the Electronics and Energy Group Laboratory in 2005 where he has worked on a diverse set of technologies including pen-based touch systems, optical films, reflective sheeting, optical coating, transparent soluble conductors and digital printing. Free has 14 issued patents to date and more than 30 U.S. patents pending.