Dr. Donald D Arnone

CEO, TeraView, Ltd., Cambridge

United Kingdom

Challenges of Introducing New Technologies/Products into a Large Corporate Manufacturing Environment


The challenge of introducing new technologies into manufacturing environments will be illustrated with the example of commercializing terahertz based products.
Terahertz lies between the microwave and infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Until recently, this portion of the spectrum has been inaccessible due to lack of nanoscale sources and sensitive detectors. Terahertz light 1) passes through many common materials, 2) is non-destructive & non-invasive, and 3) is non ionizing, and hence safe. It is therefore an excellent tool for non-destructive characterization of many novel material systems.

TeraView has been at the forefront of the development and commercialization of this technology. An important aspect of the commercialization of the technology has been transitioning R&D developments into systems compatible with the production line. A key challenge for TeraView in the commercialization process has been the need to simultaneously develop both products (including the associated hardware and software) as well as lucrative market applications for Terahertz. Coatings and delamination in pharmaceutical tablets, multi-paint layers on cars and faults in semiconductors are all examples of where the technology is currently being employed by industrial end-users. Non-destructive testing of materials such as glass fibre re-enforced composites, thin film nano-materials, ferroelectrics and other functional materials represent future applications. Identifying the most lucrative opportunities from the above list via work with lead customers has been a key activity within the Company. Optimizing the actual product (via hardware and software modules) with customer support has also been key to success.

Case studies involving work with the pharmaceutical, semiconductor, solar, security and automotive industries will be presented to illustrate these challenges.

Case studies will also be presented to illustrate how the requirements of customers dramatically change when moving from R&D onto production lines.


Dr Don Arnone has over 25 years’ experience in Terahertz and semiconductors, and its commercialisation, first at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and then for ten years at the Toshiba Corporation in Cambridge and Japan. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with dual degrees in physics and electrical engineering, with a minor in economics (Wharton). He was awarded the University’s prestigious Thouron Award for study at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge, where he obtained an MA and a PhD in laser and solid state physics, respectively.
Dr Arnone has been at the forefront of the development of Terahertz sources, detectors and applications over the past two decades. In 2011, he received the Institute of Physics’ Joule Award for ‘an international reputation for his pioneering work in taking terahertz from a laboratory demonstration to an important, previously unsuspected, diagnostic technique creating world-wide scientific and industrial interest.’ He is the author or co-author of numerous papers and over 70 patents in the Terahertz field.

Dr Arnone spun out the TeraView business in 2001 as the first company to commercialize terahertz technology. Since then, he has been CEO responsible for transforming the Company from laboratory R&D into a manufacturer of terahertz systems operating in a number of global markets. TeraView’s systems have enabled significant quality and performance advances in a number of industries including the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, solar, automotive, food safety and the security industries. TeraView has won numerous business awards for its successful transition of the technical activity behind Terahertz into a commercially driven international organization.