About Us



Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D., CEO and Founder

Dr. Zimmerman spent 14 years at Bell Labs, and rose to the highest technical level (top 1% of technical community). His area of expertise is polymer innovation and polymer processing, semiconductor packaging and electronic and optical materials. He subsequently started his own company (QLP, Inc.) by inventing a new liquid crystal polymer technology and developed products in the area of semiconductor packages, new printed circuit board materials, and revolutionary materials for replacing metals in automobiles.
He developed strong collaborative relationships with Sumitomo Chemical, Dupont, Freescale Semiconductor, and General Motors, raised > $50M from Venture Capital firms and strategic partners, qualified the technology in several major applications, and sold the company to a multinational company (Interplex Industries).
He has been teaching at Tufts for over 20 years, in the areas of materials science, manufacturing and finite element analysis and has developed new classes in the areas of polymer science and composite materials. He has developed projects for over 15 graduate students (MS and PhD), and has hired many of them. Currently he is involved in new funded research related to energy storage materials. He has collaborations with both the Electrical Engineering and Civil Engineering Departments.
Dr. Zimmerman received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, in 1988 with joint research at Cavendish Labs/Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He received his S.M. in mechanical engineering from the Fbers and Polymers Division of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1981. His B.S. in mechanical engineering was granted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY.

The iQLP Team

iQLP’s highly skilled staff has over 100 years of combined experience in developing and creating novel polymer materials and processes.

University Relationships

In addition, iQLP has strong relationships with several universities:
Tufts University – High Frequency Electrical Testing
Harvard Center of Nanoscale Science – SEM, STIR, UV-vis, FTIR, XPS, etc.
Case Western – TEM, TOFSIMS, XPS
Hunter College – Solid State NMR
UMASS Lowell – XRD


Our methodology promotes rapid discovery of new material properties through high throughput screening and characterization

  • Disk Molding
  • Injection Molding plaques
  • In-house materials characterization
  • Design of experiments methodologies
  • Integrated data collection techniques
  • World Class Laboratory
  • The iQLP facility includes a 5,600 sq-ft new lab with state of the art processing and analytical equipment.

Processing Equipment

  • Single screw extruder
  • High thru-screening twin screw extruder for material compounding.
  • World class injection molding press
  • Lab scale film extrusion system.
  • Pilot scale film extrusion system.

Analytical Equipment

  • Thermo-mechanical analysis
  • Tensile Testing
  • Differential scanning calorimetry/thermo gravimetric analysis
  • Microscopy
  • Dielectric constant and loss tangent testing
  • Rheometery
  • Partical size analysis