XploSafe is a provider of critical safety solutions for homeland security and chemical safety. Our products protect personnel that deal with unstable and
hazardous compounds. First responders, industrial safety officers and threat assessment officials represent users of our solutions. For example, you would see our products employed at security check points where an agent would test suspect objects (liquids and powders) for presence of explosives and hazardous chemicals.
Our solutions are highly differentiated and provide a high value proposition in terms of higher utility at an economical cost per use. XploSafe’s core competency is research and development so the majority of the team comprises of researchers and staff who have graduate degrees in chemistry, physics and business administration.
Our Mission: To create safe environments through chemical detection, neutralization of chemical threats, and development of green technologies for resource development and recovery.
The company leverages its core competencies and resources to provide mission critical solutions for Homeland Security, first responders, defense personnel, researchers, industrial workers, and users that handle unstable and hazardous compounds. The company focuses on product
development targeted at pragmatic applications that are reliable, efficient, and cost effective.
Our Purpose: To continually develop superior, more economical solutions which promote long-term personal and environmental health.
XploSafe is Your Solutions-Focused Resource
We are a team of explorers, inventors and industry disruptors. We develop chemistry-based solutions with a clear intent of driving costs, inefficiencies, and hassles out of the customers workflow / processes. Taking on the biggest challenges on earth and beyond we empower customers and end users to execute mission critical operations. We are inspired by an optimistic mindset that seeks to thrive in finding solutions to problems. We are a creative, resourceful, hard-working team with an aim-to-please outlook. Our team thrives in a fast-paced environment and customer success is our ultimate goal.
Financial Operations Manager
Shoaib is a serial entrepreneur with expertise in developing chemical sensors, packaging materials, and commercial-scale manufacturing, Shoaib is a technology innovator inclined towards new discoveries and high-value proposition solutions. Technologies and products developed under his leadership are used globally to address fundamental chemical safety, homeland security, and healthcare packaging challenges. Starting as a student entrepreneur, he has been fortunate in developing high-impact teams.
He enjoys travel, soccer, formula one racing, Oklahoma State Cowboys, and family.
Dr. Allen Apblett
Senior Analytical Chemist
Allen is passionate about solving global material and chemical challenges; as a professor of chemistry at Oklahoma State University he trains the researchers that develop Metallo-organic and inorganic materials chemistry to the multitude of problems that are faced by the industry today. Such challenges as improved methods of extracting minerals and recycling waste materials, the direct “one-pot” conversion of minerals to useful commodity chemicals and polymers, new catalytic processes, pollution prevention and remediation, and novel processing techniques and products.
He enjoys travel, fishing, hikes, and exploring.
Dr. Nick Materer
Chief Scientific Officer
Nick Materer received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Honors from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1990. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Gabor Somorjai and Dr. Michel Van Hove. After UC Berkeley, he was offered a postdoctoral fellow position in the group of Stephen R. Leone at JILA and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado. In 1998, Dr. Materer became a faculty member in the department of chemistry at Oklahoma State University and was promoted to the Associate Professor level in the summer of 2004.
His research involves experimental surface science studies of interfacial chemistry and physics. Ongoing projects are exploration the surface chemistry of silicon with organic molecules, chemical mechanism for detection and desensitizing of explosives and corrosion sensors for our ageing infrastructure. He was recently awarded Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence at Oklahoma State University’s College of Arts and Science.
A native of California, Michael joined the XploSafe team in 2016 at the culmination of his undergraduate college career. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Over the course of his time with XploSafe he has progressed from the role of Chemistry Intern up to a Production Chemist, then Senior Production Chemist, now to the Operations Manager position which he currently holds.
His personal interest in environmental and occupational safety allows him to utilize his chemistry expertise to help develop solutions for everyday problems in an effort to make everything from the natural environment to the research laboratory a healthier, safer, and more inviting place. His desire to develop new leaders in the STEM fields has guided him to prioritize the hiring, training, and mentorship of undergraduate STEM students, providing them with vital industrial safety training, laboratory data and record keeping expertise, and crucial analytical instrument training as they eventually progress out of the university setting and into the workforce.
In his spare time, Michael is a Volunteer Firefighter with the Ingalls, OK Fire Department, he owns and operates a 25-acre farm and ranch, and he is a foster parent, advocating for children in need across Oklahoma.
Research Scientist II
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, 2004
Master’s and Bachelor’s: Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, Russia, 1997/1999
Evgueni is a lead research scientist for XploSafe who enjoys leading a variety of projects at any given time. He’s proud to work at XploSafe to deliver research potential solutions for chemical safety and national security. Growing up, he used to dream of being a cosmonaut. Now, he’s excited to help develop equipment for cosmonauts to use in the field.
Farshid received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University in 2021. He is currently a research scientist at XploSafe. His research interests are organometallic and inorganic synthesis, as well as developing efficient, green chemical processes for batch and continuous manufacturing.
He loves spending time in nature, swimming, travelling, and being with his family.
Mahesh hails from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where he grew up surrounded by a strong scientific community that compelled him to pursue his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. After completion of his Bachelor’s education, Mahesh spent several years in family-oriented non-academic pursuits and eventually found himself in San Antonio, Texas. There, he decided to commence his graduate education in Inorganic/Organometallic Chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Zachary Tonzetich.
Mahesh earned his M.S. degree studying and characterizing NHC complexes of high-spin Mn(II) and their propensities to effect C-C cross-coupling reactions, and continued to work on his PhD in the same lab, focusing on the organometallic chemistry of cobalt pincer complexes. After receiving his PhD, Mahesh then performed postdoctoral work in the lab of Dr. Bill Tolman at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied high-oxidation state copper complexes as models for enzymatic active site intermediates.
Mahesh joined Xplosafe in March 2022. He is excited to contribute towards products used in societally-impactful arenas by applying his technical expertise to Xplosafe’s novel technologies
Outside the laboratory, Mahesh enjoys spending time with his family and being walked by his German Shepherds.
Dylan Disney - Marketing Manager
Dylan graduated Oklahoma State University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing degree. He then joined the XploSafe team as their marketing manager. He has a very hard time talking about himself in “about me” sections, but he enjoys his time at XploSafe optimizing SEO, creating physical and digital marketing materials, and improving his graphic design skills.
In his spare time, Dylan is a father and likes to travel, play board games, and trying out cooking recipes.