Jeffrey Cernohous | AIChE

Jeffrey Cernohous

COO and Member
Interfacial, a Nagase Company

Dr. Jeffrey Cernohous was born in 1971 and is a native of River Falls, Wisconsin.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from University of Minnesota in 1997. Dr. Cernohous spent 1997-2003 at 3M Company where he was focused on developing and commercializing new materials having a controlled molecular architecture. 

In late 2003, he left 3M to found Interfacial Solutions out of his garage and was incubated by Phillips Plastics Corporation.  Over a decade, Dr. Cernohous grew this business significantly into a business that occupied 55,000 sq. ft. of facilities and employed a staff of approximately 40.  In April 2014, the company was acquired by Stratasys, Ltd.  Dr. Cernohous remained on as the General Manager of Stratasys Advanced Materials Center between 2015-16, where he was engaged in developing and commercializing new technologies and products relating to materials science, with a special emphasis on the 3D Printing market.  Dr. Cernohous founded Magma Flooring in 2012, a company focused on creating high performance substrates from recycled plastics.  Dr. Cernohous founded Interfacial Consultants, LLC in 2016, a company that is focused on creating novel materials and process technology platforms for its customer base.  Interfacial Consultants bought out Magma shareholders in late 2017 and Magma became IFC’s Engineered Substrates Division.  In 2018, IFC entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Nagase to form Infinite Material Solutions, a company focused on providing disruptive materials to the Additive Manufacturing Market.  In 2020, Nagase acquired 75% of IFC.  Dr. Cernohous is currently IFC’s Chief Operating Officer.  IFC currently employs ~80 staff and operates in five facilities having more than 150,000 ft2 of research, development and manufacturing space.

In 2006, Interfacial Solutions was named the St. Croix County Emerging Business of the Year.  In 2010, the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) named Interfacial Solutions one of “Wisconsin Companies to Watch”.  The company was also named to the 2010 Inc 500, with a ranking of #304.  In 2013, the company was awarded the Innovation Award by Wisconsin Business Development Corporation. Since inception, the IFS and IFC have been involved in over 50 product launches and he has become a recognized leader in sustainable materials, additive manufacturing, advanced composites and specialty additives. 

Throughout his career Dr. Cernohous has been an active scientific publisher.  He is a named co-author on more than 50 scientific publications and more than 125 US patents and patent applications.