Molecular Glasses founder to receive entrepreneur award

Michel Franz Molaire
Michel Franz Molaire

The Rochester section of the American Chemical Society next week will honor a Rochester business owner with its 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Michel Franz Molaire founded Molecular Glasses Inc. in 2015, following nearly four decades at Eastman Kodak Co.’s research laboratories. While at Kodak, Molaire received 57 patents, the C.E.K. Mees Award for Excellence in Scientific Research and Reporting, induction into the Kodak Distinguished Inventors Gallery and selection as an African Scientific Institute Fellow.

A native of Haiti, Molaire in 2010 formed Molaire Consulting LLC, which focused on materials and formulations for high technology applications. In 2013, he identified a need for non-crystallizable organic light emitting diodes (OLED) materials that could be used in convenient and cost-effective solution-based manufacturing.

It was that discovery that led to Molaire’s Molecular Glasses enterprise, located at Eastman Business Park. Molecular Glasses recently was one of the 10 companies selected from roughly 100 competing companies in the U.S., Canada and Europe for participation in the 2018 Luminate-NY inaugural cohort, the world’s largest optics, photonics and imaging business accelerator.

Molaire will receive the ACS Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the section’s annual recognition dinner at Nazareth College of Rochester Oct. 2.

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