Big Island Carbon Names Chief Operating Officer

Big Island Carbon in Kawaihae on Hawaii’s Big Island has named Dr. Frederick S. Baker as the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

Big Island Carbon COO Fred Baker.

Big Island Carbon COO Fred Baker

“Dr. Baker comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be put to good use as we complete the testing phase and ramp up manufacturing of premium granular activated carbon at our plant,” said Big Island Carbon CEO Rick Vidgen.

Amongst other responsibilities, Dr. Baker will oversee day-to-day operations at the carbon plant to ensure that the highly technical processes at Big Island Carbon achieves the desired end result – production of premium grade, specialty granular activated carbon.

Among his many areas of expertise, Dr. Baker has been awarded more than forty U.S. and foreign patents covering the production and applications of activated carbon, carbon fiber, and lignin materials with another six U.S. patent applications on carbon fiber in the USPTO pipeline.

He is recognized in the industry as an expert in the mechanisms of chemical and thermal activation of carbon and how to manipulate process conditions to tailor product properties to specific applications. Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in Surface Chemistry, a Bachelor of Technology degree in Applied Chemistry, and professional affiliations including Fellow, Chartered Chemist, and Chartered Scientist in the Royal Society of Chemistry. He is a Fellow and past Chairman of the American Carbon Society.  He was most recently a Member of the Distinguished Research Staff at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

About Big Island Carbon, LLC
Big Island Carbon is a high technology start up company with $40+million in venture capital funding that is bringing macadamia shell from Big Island macadamia processors together with new technology modified to fit specific requirements. Two major processes convert macadamia shell feedstock, currently a largely unused byproduct from macadamia processing, into granular activated carbon (GAC) in a biomass conversion process. The plant is located in Kawaihae on Hawaii’s Big Island on land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Big Island Carbon was selected to represent the County of Hawaii in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Hawaii Host Committee’s 2011 Hawaii Business Innovation Showcase November 7 to 13, 2011 in Honolulu. Learn more at

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