Allen’s professional background includes significant experience in industry and academia, and research and development covering a wide range of chemistry and materials science. He earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from University of Illinois and worked for The Procter and Gamble company for 18 years.
During his years at P&G, he held positions of increasing responsibility which included 10 years in Cincinnati, OH, and 8 years outside the U.S. in Asia. Allen’s experience in Asia included two years in Kobe, Japan, and 6 years establishing new R&D centers in Guangzhou, China and Beijing, China.
In 2000, he left a senior management position at P&G and joined the Chemistry Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison where he taught organic chemistry and served as Director of Organic Chemistry Instructional Laboratories from 2000 to 2011. He was formally recognized for outstanding teaching achievements at UW-Madison.
In 2011, Allen left the UW-Madison Chemistry Department to accept a position as Vice President of R&D for Xolve Inc., a nanotechnology start-up company that spun off from discoveries made at University of Wisconsin. In 2016 Xolve was acquired by a large multinational corporation. At that time, Allen founded a consulting company, CTI Consulting, LLC, that provides consulting services in areas of applied chemistry, nanotechnology and advanced materials.
Allen is a 40 year member and current councilor of ACS. He is a member of the ACS Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs and is an active ACS career consultant.
Allen has authored numerous scientific publications and is an inventor on ten U.S. patents.