Dr. Benton Free

3M Product Development Specialist
Electronics and Energy Group
As a part of his role with the Electronics and Energy Group Laboratory, Dr. Free has worked on a diverse set of technologies.

Meet Dr. Free. Intense scientific research and development spark the ideas and products that shape the world around us. Just ask Dr. Benton Free, product development specialist in the 3M Electronics and Energy Group Laboratory Incubator. In this role, Dr. Free is responsible for researching and bringing to life products and processes that create real-world impact. Since assuming his current role in 2005, Dr. Free has worked on a diverse set of technologies including pen-based touch systems, optical films, reflective sheeting, optical coating, transparent soluble conductors and digital printing.

Benton joined 3M in 2000 as an analytical chemist in the Measurement Group in 3M’s Engineering Systems Tech Center (ESTC). In this role, he worked to develop on-line measurement techniques and chemical and biological sensor technologies.

Benton has 18 issued patents to date and more than 30 U.S. patents pending. He earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Washington.