Litz, Kyle E.


BS 1994

University of Texas -Dallas

PhD 1998

University of Michigan

About this team member

Dr Litz is an experienced R&D professional leading new product introduction for a fast-growing, Tech Valley startup. He brings over 9 years of commercial R&D experience to Applied NanoWorks – Now Auterra, Inc. Dr. Litz served as a sergeant in the US Army’s elite 82nd Airborne Division before going to college. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas-Dallas and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at BF Goodrich before joining GE Global Research as Sr Staff Scientist and Project Leader, where he worked for 8 years. Dr. Litz is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Materials Research Society, and the Electrochemical Society. He holds 4 issued patents, has many pending applications, and over 35 publications in high profile, refereed journals and corporate technical reports. He has chaired regional and national conference symposia in chemistry and nanotechnology.  He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016.

Dr Litz’s Specialties:

Dr. Litz’s industrial research has covered such topics as Energy-efficient Materials, Atom-efficient Catalysis, High Energy and CVD materials, and Electro-Optical Material for efficient lighting.


Dr. Litz’s company was recognized as one of the 50 most promising green-tech companies in New York.



  • Synthesis and Reactivity of a Novel Palladium Germylene System. Organometallics 2002 21 5373-5381.
  • Photochemistry of Organometallic Germylenes and Metallacycles. Organometallics 2000 19 1186-1189.
  • Nucleation of chemical vapor deposited silicon nitride on silicon dioxide. Appl. Phys. Lett. 1999 74 1830-1832.
  • X-ray Crystallographic and Theoretical Comparison of Ge[2,4,6-(CF 3)3C6H2]22 and Ge[N(SiMe 3)2]2 as Ligands in (Ph3P)2 NiGeX 2Complexes. Organometallics 1999 18 1547-1552.
  • The Active Role of a Germylene Ligand in Promoting Reactions of Pt Complexes with Oxygen and Sulfur Dioxide. Inorg. Chem. 1998 37 6461
  • Activation of Arylnitroso Substrates on a Platinum Germylene Complex Facilitating the Formation of New N-C and N-S bonds. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998 120 7484
  • The Role of Second-Neighbor Effects in Photoemission: Are Silicon Surfaces and Interfaces Special? Appl. Phys. Lett. 1998 72 46
  • Intermediates in the Catalytic Dehydrogenative Coupling of Aryl Germanes. Chem. Eur. J. 1997 3 1793
  • Transition Metal Germylene Complexes as Hydrogenation Catalysts: the Synthesis of a Rare Bisamidegermane. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 1997 36 496..
  • Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of a Platinum Germylene Complex. Organometallics 1995 14 5008