“Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions is a technology oriented company that combines advanced knowledge in the field of materials science with proprietary installation practices to deliver unique solutions to customers in the heavy industry sector.” Carlos Montes, AGS CT
Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions, LLC, (AGS) has grown out of revolutionary geopolymer research and development performed over the last 10 years at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. Driven by a team of researchers and inventors in the University’s Trenchless Technology Center, geopolymer emerged as a potential solution to long-standing problems in building, construction, and pre-cast concrete applications.
During the research and development phase, AGS’s management team has built a significant technical and practical working knowledge of the geopolymer material, including its potential applications and product lines. The team has also developed a robust database of the chemical composition of usable fly ash from more than 75 facilities, allowing for quick identification of the correct formula for producing consistent, high-quality geopolymer, using locally produced raw materials, in many locations in the world.
Today, AGS’s intellectual property portfolio consists of three existing U.S. and Canadian patents for geopolymer formulations, and additional patents are pending.
Target markets for AGS Geopolymer include:
- Construction operations that are highly time-sensitive (e.g., repairs during shut-down of industrial facilities).
- Construction and repairs of bridges and runways.
- Structures that operate in extreme environments, including oil and gas exploration, refineries, and petrochemical facilities.
- Power-generating stations.
- Seashore and marine installations.
Dr. Sudhir Amritphale, Chief Scientist
Dr. S.S. Amritphale is the Chief Scientist & Technology Officer of AGS and is a Visiting Research Associate at Louisiana Tech University, Trenchless Technology Centre Ruston, LA.
He has served as a Chief Scientist and Acting Director at Advanced Materials and Processes Research Institute (AMPRI) a National Research Institute of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India.
He is also a Former Professor of CSIR – Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research at CSIR- AMPRI, Bhopal, India. He has to his credit 14 patents granted in USA in the area of geopolymeric materials and 17 patents in the area of advanced materials in India and one patent in Germany.
He has developed 11 technologies and transferred 6 Know – How to various industries in India. He has published 154 Research papers in the International Journal of repute.
His areas of research and development are among the advanced materials namely geopolymers and radiation shielding materials utilizing Industrial wastes. He was awarded the CSIR – DAAD fellowship of Germany twice to work on precursors derived advanced ceramic materials useful for broad application spectrum.
Recently he has authored a book chapter on “Advanced Geopolymerization Technology” published by IntechOpen, U.K
Jack Rome, Jr., CEO
Jack Rome, Jr., serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AGS and brings more than 40 years of specialized business start-up, organization structure, finance, accounting and management experience to the team, including service as Chairman, CEO, President and CFO of several companies.
Jack also served as CEO of Pathway Surfaces, Inc., a specialty contracting company with expertise in playground, walkway and safety surfaces for theme parks, municipal playgrounds, governmental agencies, corporate day care centers and private customers.
Jack is a Certified Public Accountant, and a principal in Crossmark Management Group, LLC, a diversified business, financial and accounting services management company based in Ruston, LA. During his career, Jack has had direct involvement in more than 200 business acquisitions, sales and mergers, with a total transaction value of more than $350,000,000.
He is a member American Institute of CPAs, Louisiana CPAs and the Baton Rouge Chapter of CPAs.
Mike Higgins, Director of Business Development
Mike serves as the Director of Business Development for Alchemy Geopolymer Solutions and provides executive leadership in the areas of corporate strategy, business development, business start-ups, and sales & marketing management.
Mike is the Principal of Strategic Performance, a strategic management and sales consulting company specializing in operating and helping businesses grow their companies. He has participated in growing the revenue for 60 companies in the last 16 years while serving interim roles of President, CMO, COO, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Sales.
Mike has gained vast experience in over 25 different industries including all segments of business to consumer, business to business, and business to government.
Erez Allouche, Scientist/Inventor
Dr. Erez Allouche is the Chief Science Officer of AGS and is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He holds the T. L. James Eminent Scholar Chair in Civil Engineering, and is the former director of the University’s Trenchless Technology Center.
Dr. Allouche has specialized in advanced cementitious materials for 16 years, authored more than 60 publications on advanced protection systems for concrete structures, and engages regularly with industry professionals across the United States.
Dr. Allouche is the inventor, or co-inventor, of 17 U.S. patents, including four in the field of geopolymeric binder systems.