With nearly 20 years of experience in R&D and scientific leadership, Dr. Purayath joins Avient to lead the development of emerging, next-generation and sustainable technologies globally for the company.
"Innovation is the lifeblood of a specialty organization, and I'm thrilled that Vinod has joined Avient to drive our R&D strategy into the future," said Robert M. Patterson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avient Corporation. "Vinod's expertise in material science and proven track record in differentiating product development will further position Avient as the collaboration partner of choice for customers seeking sustainable solutions."
A business leader with a technical, entrepreneurial mindset, Dr. Purayath has achieved global success in materials development, with a particular emphasis on semiconductor and digital memory applications. At SanDisk Corporation, he held technical and engineering leadership positions over an eight-year period, building and leading a global team of engineers, whose success underpinned the growth of the company. Dr. Purayath later joined Applied Materials, as the technology leader for its new Selective Removal Products business, and most recently served as Vice President, Process Technology for SunRise Memory.
Dr. Purayath's academic credentials are extensive, including a PhD in Quantum Engineering and Science Systems, University of Tokyo; a Master's of Business Administration, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a Master's Degree in Materials Science in Engineering, PSG College of Technology; and a Bachelor's of Science in Physics, Bharathiar University. A continual and passionate innovator, Dr. Purayath has been named as an inventor in more than 150 patents.
"I'm tremendously excited to be joining Avient, a visionary specialty company with a focus on innovating the next generation of material science needs," said Dr. Purayath. "Sustainable solutions is at the heart of Avient's strategy and investments, and I'm proud to now lead our global technology team, delivering for our customers and our planet."