Our Story

Our Story

Arcanum Alloys has developed platform technology to drive revolutionary performance and margins in numerous metal alloy markets.  We are currently scaling our process for production.

Our breakthrough technology combines state of the art vapor deposition techniques with standard steel production processes to decouple surface properties from the bulk properties of metals. This technology enables higher performance and improved economics versus traditional alloys. Our first products will transform the stainless steel industry, particularly in applications where forming operations are required or beneficial.

We will accomplish full scale production with small modifications to existing assets in the steel industry. We have proven our technology in batch form at square meter scale in our laboratory and fully-processed 54” wide coils using conventional continuous steel processing equipment. Large manufacturing customers in the home appliance, commercial kitchen and architectural industries have validated our products.

Our Team

Our Story

Daniel Bullard, PhD
CEO & Founder

Commercial & Technology
Has been with Arcanum since 09/2011

25 Years integrated steel in R&D, production, quality, sales, & marketing

MBA Northwestern Kellogg
PhD Materials Eng. U. Arizona
BS Metallurgy, U. Wisconsin Milwaukee
BS Chemistry, U. Wisconsin Milwaukee

Our Story

David Keifer
VP Sales & Founding Team

Sales & Applications
Has been with Arcanum since 11/2012

20 Years business development and high volume manufacturing

MBA Michigan State University
BS Western Michigan University

Our Story

Adam Thomas
Dir. NPI, Marketing & Founding Team

Technology & Product Development
Has been with Arcanum since 01/2012

10 Years tech, systems, product, and materials development

MBA U. California Berkeley Haas
MS Chemistry, DePaul University
BA Chemistry, U. Illinois Chicago

Our Story

Jared Warrick
Senior Director Operations & Quality 

Manufacturing & Quality
Has been with Arcanum since 01/2016

20 Years engineering, manufacturing, quality systems, supply chain strategy

BS Western Michigan University

Our Story

Zachary Detweiler, PhD
Director Research

Technology & Manufacturing
Has been with Arcanum since 08/2014

3 Years technology, manufacturing, and materials development & characterization

PhD Chemistry, Princeton University
MA Chemistry, Princeton University
BS Chemistry U. Mary Washington

Our Story

Al Santucci

Our Story

Mike Powers
Maintenance Engineer

Manufacturing & Welding
Has been with Arcanum since 01/2016

25 Years welding process development, tool development, instruction, and consulting

Journeyman Steamfitter, UASA
Certified Weld Inspector, AWS

Our Story

Diane Sampson
Laboratory Technician

Characterization & Development
Has been with Arcanum since 01/2019

12 Years of database administration

MS Geology Washington State University
BS Geology Michigan State University

Our Story

Ethan Lee
Laboratory Technician

Characterization & Development
Has been with Arcanum since 12/2018

Recent graduate

BS Physics Michigan State University

Our Story

Jack Kindred
Metallurgical Laboratory Manager

Technology and Development
Has been with Arcanum since 08/2019

6 Years R&D, manufacturing, and process development in surface finishing technology

MS Chemical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology
BS Chemical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology

Our Story

Richard Johnson


Company Values

Mission: To deliver value to our customers, shareholders, and partners by developing high performance alloys through surface optimized diffusion alloying.


To improve the world one alloy at a time

Core Values

  • Every team member is an owner of Arcanum Alloys.  We always act in Arcanum’s best interest. This extends to doing what is best for investors, customers, and suppliers.

    We trust our employees.  We only employ individuals we can place our full trust in.  This goes for everything we do.  If someone is not acting in Arcanum’s best interest, it is everyones responsibility to speak up.

  • Build the best team possible.  We attract, select, and retain only the best people for positions on our team.

    Open and honest communication at all times.  We provide praise where it is due, and honesty when needed.

    Vigorously debate ideas, but focus on the merit, not on the source of the argument.

    Encourage innovative thinking by all employees, but decide and act by consensus. Only by doing this do we get everyone on the team pulling on the rope in the same direction.

    Focus on outcome, not effort.  We believe that working smarter is better than working harder.

  • We are a team on and off the field.  We encourage team building at work and outside of work.

    Have fun.  We love what we do and empower creativity to make the work environment enjoyable for everyone.

    Celebrate wins.  We absolutely celebrate the victories.

  • Everyone goes home at the end of the day. We recognize that our employees are our greatest asset; as such we are committed to a rigorous, vibrant safety plan.  We do not tolerate unsafe behavior or practices.  It is the responsibility of each employee to speak up if you see something unsafe.  You should never, ever do something you feel is unsafe, even if you’ve been directed to.  Everyone is a safety officer.

    Protect the environment.  We recognize that our families live in the world in which we work and make our products.  We also recognize that the work that we do can have an impact on the environment.  We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect the environment and leave no trace.


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