Jeannine Sargent Joins SiOnyx Board of Directors

Sargent to Help Guide Advancement of Black Silicon in Solar and Imaging Applications

Jun 08, 2010, 12:46 ET from SiOnyx, Inc.

BEVERLY, Mass., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- SiOnyx, Inc., an innovator in shallow junction photonics, today announced the addition of Jeannine Sargent to its Board of Directors.

Sargent is the former CEO of Oerlikon Solar and brings more than twenty years of technology management experience to support the rapid advancement of SiOnyx's technology platform. Commonly referred to as "Black Silicon," SiOnyx's novel laser processing technique dramatically enhances the electro-optical performance of photonic devices in a range of applications from simple light detection to advanced digital imaging and photovoltaics.  Devices built using SiOnyx's proprietary process deliver hundreds of times more sensitivity to light than traditional silicon, representing a significant breakthrough in the development of smaller, cheaper, high-performing photonic devices.

"SiOnyx has made tremendous strides over the past year, proving the potential of its novel and patented implementation of black silicon across a variety of industries and applications," said Bob Metcalfe, a member of SiOnyx's board of directors and general partner at Polaris Venture Partners.  "We welcome Jeannine and know that she will be a valuable addition to the team."

In addition to leading Oerlikon Solar, Sargent has held executive roles in other engineering-intensive organizations including Veeco, Voyan Technology, Gasonics International and Tencor Instruments (now KLA-Tencor).  She is currently at Crosslink Capital working in their Energy and Core Technology/Semiconductor Practice.  

"I'm extremely impressed with results demonstrated to date incorporating SiOnyx's shallow junction photonics technology; and believe the application of this technology in the solar and image processing industries could be a game changer," said Jeannine Sargent.  "I look forward to working with the team at SiOnyx to bring this innovative and value creating technology to full commercialization."

Stephen Saylor, president and CEO of SiOnyx, Inc. added, "Over the past year, collaborations with the DOE's Solar Energy Technologies Program, other government agencies and industry partners has proven the viability of our unique implementation of black silicon in solar applications.  SiOnyx's shallow junction photonics platform dramatically enhances the light collection properties of traditional cell architectures while reducing the over all cost of manufacturing.  These successes are resulting in a growing interest in SiOnyx from the solar industry, and we are pleased to have the benefit of Jeannine's experience and expertise as we continue to pursue advanced applications of our technology."

About SiOnyx

SiOnyx is the leading innovator in shallow junction photonics, a patented semiconductor process coined "Black Silicon" by researchers at Harvard University who first discovered the phenomenon.  SiOnyx's proprietary processing technique radically transforms the performance of photonic devices.  It provides scientists and engineers with an innovative platform for advancing a wide array of technologies from simple light detectors to advanced photovoltaics and image sensors.  Additional information about SiOnyx is available at

SOURCE SiOnyx, Inc.