Press Release

November 24, 2003

Matthew D. Stephens, Ph.D. appointed Chief Operating Officer

Voltaix,, a leading manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the semiconductor and photovoltaics industries, today announced the appointment of Matthew D. Stephens, Ph.D. as Chief Operating Officer.

Dr. Stephens has been with Voltaix since March 2003, performing various functions including technical marketing, business development, and financial management. Previously, Matt spent several years in the advanced materials and semiconductor sectors through key roles in business and technology development at Starmet Corporation. He joined Voltaix after completing MBA studies at INSEAD, one of the leading international business programs. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College.

In his new position, Dr. Stephens will be responsible for the planning and implementation of Voltaix strategic objectives. As such, his duties include strategic planning, business development, and operations improvement. In addition, he will represent the company in meetings with key customers and strategic partners.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr. John P. de Neufville, President of Voltaix, said, “Voltaix has grown rapidly and is now positioned to capitalize on new growth opportunities. Matt’s combination of industry experience, management competence, and technical insight will enhance our ability to continue improving our world-class manufacturing, product development, and technical support capabilities.”

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Voltaix is recognized worldwide for manufacturing high purity specialty gases and chemicals for emerging applications primarily related to electronic and photonic devices. Voltaix gas products, chemicals and gas mixtures are used in ion implantation and chemical vapor deposition for depositing and/or doping various crystalline, polycrystalline, microcrystalline and amorphous semiconducting and dielectric films in advanced semiconductor and photonics devices. Its products include germane, diborane, silane, disilane, silicon tetrafluoride, boron trifluoride and trimethylboron.
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