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Pioneer Materials Inc. (PMI) is a supplier of advanced materials for thin-film deposition by sputtering and evaporation. PMI established itself with a proven record of on-time delivery, exceeding customer’s specifications, and cost competitiveness. Critical expertise in compound formation, powder processing, and powder consolidation have been developed by PMI for applications in thin-film photovoltaics, thermo-electrics, semiconductor and optical devices, with a portfolio of relevant intellectual properties which have been designed over years of experience. 

PMI wholly owns an operation in Chengdu, China with more than 60,000 square foot manufacturing facilities which are ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. PMI’s customers are distributed in North America, Europe and East Asia, and has target bonding partners in the corresponding locations. PMI was founded by veterans from the semiconductor, magnetic recording and sputtering target industries focusing on high performance materials applications.

Pioneer Materials, Inc.

Company Mission

To be a world-class supplier of the innovative materials in clean energy harvesting, semiconductor and other advanced materials applications.

Proven Excellence

Global Reach

Innovation & Partnership

Mission and Growth


In Yr. 2000, PMI was registered in the state of Delaware in United States

In Yr. 2008, formed a US wholly owned foreign entity in Chengdu, China. The company has built 60,000 sq.ft factory space in Chengdu, China, with an annual capacity of 14,400 targets

In Yr. 2008, the company’s Chengdu subsidiary was ISO 9001 and ISO14001 fully certified

In Yr. 2008, the company has successfully developed an array of high-tech materials, including a fully selenized CIGS target for thin-film PV application, and semiconductor materials BiSeTe, BiSbTe for thermo-electric energy harvesting application.

In Yr. 2009, the company formed a strategic partnership with thin-film photovoltaic equipment suppliers and provided vertically integrated turn-key solutions. For example, such a strategic partnership was formed with Swedish thin-film PV equipment provider Midsummer AB.

In Yr. 2011, the company successfully developed variety of semiconductors made of chalcogenide compounds and glasses for the next generation non-volatile memory applications. Formed critical strategic relationship with a few world class memory chip manufacturers and research institutions.



Management Team

Leon Chiu

CEO & President
MS, MIT (co-founder)

Product Manager at Honeywell Electronic Materials
Thin-film Process Engineer at Intel

Dr. Zongyu Li

Executive VP
PhD, Carnegie Mellon Univ (co-founder)

Sr Engineering Manager, Lam Research (Fremont), General Manager China
Product Engineer, Applied Materials
Extensive experience with vacuum systems; co-authored 13 patents

Advisory Board

Professor William D. Nix

Professor Emeritus; Lee Otterson Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Stanford University, Member of US National Academy of Engineering

Research in mechanical properties of thin-films
Growth and Characterization of thin-film microstructures

Professor William L. Johnson

Professor; Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science; California Institute of Technology, Member of US National Academy of Engineering;

Characterization of bulk metallic glasses (Liquidmetal)

Processing and synthesis of nanocrystalline and amorphous materials

Professor Jerzy Kanicki

Professor; Department of Electrical Engineering; University of Michigan

Studies of InGaZnO Thin-Film Transistor Devices

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