About our Team

The experts in GC-FTIR and FTIR gas analysis technologies

MAX Analytical Technologies is an innovative analytical instrumentation developer in the United States. 

John Stack, CEO

President, Chief Executive Officer

John Stack is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Max Analytical and has over 30 years of experience working in photonics and related industries. Before joining Max Analytical, John held executive leadership roles as President of the Optical Systems Division for Zygo-Ametek and President and COO of Edmund Optics Inc. During his tenure, he has overseen sales and marketing, global manufacturing operations and product development activities while servicing a variety of applications to include metrology, semiconductor photolithography, multispectral imaging, aerial resonance, industrial machine vision, laser surgical devises and high energy laser fusion, just to name a few. John is a graduate of the Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Pittsburgh.

Martin L. Spartz, Ph.D. CTO

Chairman of the Board, Chief Technical Officer, Co-Founder

Martin L. Spartz, Ph.D., is a co-founder and the Chief Technical Officer for MAX Analytical Technologies. He is currently focused on the development and deployment of new GC-FTIR and FTIR technologies for process and environmental applications. Dr. Spartz was a Product Unit Manager for MKS Instruments On-Line Products Group, Gas Analysis Division. While there he developed state-of-art Fourier transform infrared gas analyzers that are now deployed worldwide at engine and catalyst manufacturers for the characterization of combustion exhaust. Dr. Spartz also developed AIRGARD® Ambient Air Analyzer, which is now being used by the US government to monitor buildings and other facilities for chemical weapon releases. Prior to MKS, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Chemistry at Central Michigan University. Dr. Spartz has a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Analytical Chemistry.

David Wilson, Ph.D.

Director of Operations

David R. Wilson, PhD, is the Vice President of Operations at MAX Analytical Technologies. Dr. Wilson has 30 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high technology products for instrumentation in the gas detection and photonics industries. His prior experience includes Director of Engineering for Honeywell Life Safety, Engineering Manager of the Precision Positioning Solutions Department at Zygo Corporation, and Vice President of Operations at three startup companies, two of which were acquired. He has been on the Board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of CT since 1992, chair in 2016, and has also served on the national board. David has served two terms on the MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees. He received a Bachelor’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering and Master’s and PhD degrees from MIT in Mechanical Engineering.

Tony Bonanno, Ph.D.

Engineering Manager

Dr. Bonanno joined MAX Analytical Technologies. as Engineering Manager in 2014. His responsibilities include development and productization of Prism’s FTIR technology, instrumentation, and software for field and laboratory applications. Dr. Bonanno holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and has over twenty years of experience developing commercial FTIR hardware and software products for gas analysis and semiconductor metrology.

Charles M. Phillips, Ph.D.

Senior Applications Scientist

Dr. Charles M. (“Mark”) Phillips is Senior Applications Scientist at MAX Analytical Technologies. Dr. Phillips provides the application and technical support on MAX™ GC-FTIR technology. Dr. Phillips has had extensive experience in the spectroscopic detection of gases, with technical positions at MKS Instruments-OnLine Products and Scott Specialty Gases (now Air Liquide Specialty Products). Dr. Phillips received his B.S. in Chemistry from Oakland University, and his Ph.D. degree in Physical/Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. He also accepted a Postdoctoral research position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was the Associate Director of the Regional Laser and Biotechnology Laboratories of the University of Pennsylvania.