Staff and Leadership

4D LABS staff have the scientific and business expertise to help deliver advanced materials for a wide variety of sectors. Our staff members run samples, train users and provide technical consultation.


Neil Branda, Executive Director

Neil Branda is a SFU Professor of Chemistry and a Canada Research Chair in Materials Science.  He has extensive business experience and is the founder and CTO of SWITCH Materials.

Nathanael Sieb, Director of Operations and Administration

Nathanael Sieb has over a decade of advanced characterization and fabrication experience.  He ensures that the facility operates at the highest levels of efficiency and standards of quality.


Fabrication and prototyping

Chris Balicki

Facility Manager, Project Management, Quotes, Deposition, Outreach, Safety

Hadi Esmaeilsabzali, PhD

Etchers, Deposition, Electrical Characterization

Abbin Joy

Lithography, Wet Chemistry, Optical Characterization

Kuan Zhang

Advanced Lithography, Dicing, Electroplating

Materials characterization

Xin Zhang, PhD

Facility Manager, Project Management, Quotes, SEM, STEM, ICPMS

Lis Melo, PhD

STEM, SEM, Fuel Cells Testing, XPS

Michael Wang


Brendan VanSpall

Co-op Technician


Karen McCrea

Office Assistant