Founded in 2013, Rayton Solar is a California-based solar cell and engineered wafer manufacturer. Our team is made up of particle physicists, engineers, professors, and cleantech entrepreneurs united to make the world a cleaner, better place. Each member is dedicated to Rayton Solar’s mission and the promise these revolutionary solar panels hold for the future of the renewable energy industry.
Rayton Solar aims to develop the world’s most cost-effective source of energy. By bringing together essential particle accelerator technology and solar energy manufacturing, Rayton can utilize semiconductor materials, such as gallium arsenide (GaAs), that is much more efficient and advantageous than silicon, even capable of charging with indoor lighting. This will finally allow us to bring solar power to new applications, including cell phones, EVs, and smart home devices, thereby taking them completely off the grid.
Our patented process for solar cell manufacturing is cost-effective to the point that we believe subsidies will no longer be needed for solar energy to be the cheapest source of energy.
Particle Physics meets solar cell manufacturing
We are currently raising additional equity capital via the crowdfunding platform Start Engine to support the scale up to a larger manufacturing facility in which additional PNL systems will be installed for higher volume solar panel manufacturing.
CEO and Founder
Named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list in 2016, Andrew Yakub is a two-time clean technology entrepreneur with his previous solar startup currently valued at $15 million. Yakub’s experience spans from UCLA’s Particle Beam Physics Lab to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and he has managed over 6MW of commercial solar projects.
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Liu has over 10 years of R&D experience in the solar industry. Prior to Rayton Solar he was Director of Product Engineering at Arzon Solar (a concentrator photovoltaic technology company) where he led the team to break the world record of solar module efficiency two times. He also has extensive experiences in prototyping and manufacturing ramp-up. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Texas at Austin and the University of Virginia.
Jeff McKay, Ph.D., is responsible for the development, testing, and integration of Rayton Solar’s unique thin film photovoltaic technology. Jeff is a graduate of the UCLA Materials Science and Engineering doctorate program and has robust knowledge in the fields of semiconductor processing, wafer bonding, and characterization of advanced materials. Jeff is also an experienced teacher and has earned UCLA departmental awards in the field of teaching and received a nomination for university-wide honors.
Ninel Vartanian is the design and mechanical engineer at Rayton Solar responsible for testing, analysis, and development of the company’s engineering projects. She received both her Master of Mechanical Engineering and Bachelor of Physics from UCLA. With diverse experience in accelerator physics, biomedical research, optics research, and mechanical design, Ninel facilitates the development of Rayton’s implanter and solar cell technology.
VP of Business Development
Zoheb Davar develops Rayton’s business strategy and manages the company’s partnerships and operations. With a background in private equity investments in environmentally sustainable companies, Zoheb leads fundraising efforts alongside Andrew Yakub. Additionally, Zoheb is a Clean Energy Leadership Institute Fellow and the founder of Cleantech Rising, a 501c3 nonprofit serving as a nexus for cleantech information and jobs.
Ji Kim facilitates the management of Ratyon’s community outreach, partnerships, operations, and strategy. Ji received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at UCSD and has experience working on plant biochemistry research for the Chory Laboratory at the Salk Institute. Ji is the co-founder of International Health Collective, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides healthcare access for rural communities in Tijuana, Mexico.
Directors and Advisors
DR. MARK GOORSKY
Dr. Mark Goorsky is a UCLA professor, former UCLA Materials Science Chair, and Rayton Solar’s resident expert in ion implantation, layer transfer, wafer bonding and material integration. Dr. Goorsky received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and continued his postdoctoral fellowship at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Dr. Goorsky’s expertise in material science and wafer bonding is incredibly crucial to the development of the ion-cutting process.
DR. JAMES ROSENZWEIG
Dr. James Rosenzweig is a UCLA professor, former UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department Chair, and a world-renowned researcher in particle beams with over 500 scientific publications. He has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was awarded the International Free-electron Laser Prize. His expertise in particle beam physics is extremely valuable to the development of the ion-cutting process and high-current proton implanter.
Jeffrey Scheinrock is a distinguished serial entrepreneur lending his talents to Rayton Solar in its investment stage. Before Rayton, Jeffrey was the President and CFO of Originate – Engineering, Strategy, and Fundraising Consultancy, the Vice Chairman of Finance for Packard Bell, as well as the CEO and Founder of Scheinrock Advisory Group.
Michael is the Executive Vice President and third generation owner of Wilbur Curtis Co., Inc., a 75 year old food service equipment manufacturing company. He is also the Founder, President and owner of World-Wide Advantage, a global sourcing company, the executive advisory board member for Prime Advantage, a Group Purchasing Organization focused on improving cost considerations for manufacturers. He also is a strategic advisor with North American Foodservice Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM) and Food Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA).