Team

Mich Hein

As an inventor, entrepreneur and corporate executive, Mich has 35 years experience in technology development and commercialization.

Mich Hein,
PhD

CEO and Managing Director
Doris Hafenbradl

Doris has enjoyed a successful career as scientist and corporate executive in the biotech and pharma industry in the US and Europe.

Doris Hafenbradl, PhD

CTO and Managing Director
Harald Beschid

Harald has more than 15 years of experience in Industrial Project Management and has managed major projects over all development phases

Harald
Beschid

COO
Joe Feldman

Joe brings over thirty years’ experience with new market entry, strategic partnering, technology-enabled businesses and cross-border transactions.

Joe
Feldman

EVP North American Business Dev.
Thomas Friehe

Thomas has 21 years of experience in financial planning and forecasting, business development, M & A, and contract management

Thomas
Friehe

Finance
Director
Mich Hein

As an inventor, entrepreneur and corporate executive, Mich has 35 years experience in technology development and commercialization.

Mich Hein,PhD

CEO
Doris Hafenbradl

Doris has enjoyed a successful career as scientist and corporate executive in the biotech and pharma industry in the US and Europe.

Doris Hafenbradl, PhD

CTO
Harald Beschid

Harald has more than 15 years of experience in Industrial Project Management and has managed major projects over all development phases.

Harald
Beschid

COO
Joe Feldman

Joe brings over thirty years’ experience with new market entry, strategic partnering, technology-enabled businesses and cross-border transactions.

Joe
Feldman

EVP North American Business Dev.
Thomas Friehe

Thomas has 21 years of experience in financial planning and forecasting, business development, M & A, and contract management

Thomas
Friehe

Finance
Director
Lopez

Camilo studied business management at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, and started his career in the Colombian commodity market.

Camilo
Lopez

Senior Manager Commercial
Projects
Peter Plesner

Through Peter diplomatic experience, his appointment adds an additional dimension to Electrochaea’s expertise in the regulatory and international environment.

Peter
Plesner

Business Development Director, Electrochaea.dk ApS
Uwe Wuertenberger

Uwe Würtenberger has more than 18 years of professional experience in product development and innovative processes in the gas and power industries.

Uwe
Würtenberger

Product
Development
Manager
Arianne Bherer

Arianne holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich

Arianne Bhérer-Breton

Business Development Manager
Liam Bansen

Liam is head of engineering bringing experience from the clean-tech industry where he specialized in renewable fuels process technologies.

Liam
Bansen

Head of
Engineering
Lopez

Camilo studied business management at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, and started his career in the Colombian commodity market.

Camilo
Lopez

Sr. Manager Commercial Projects
Peter Plesner

Through Peter diplomatic experience, his appointment adds an additional dimension to Electrochaea’s expertise in the regulatory and international environment.

Peter
Plesner

Business Development Director, Electrochaea.dk ApS
Uwe Wuertenberger

Uwe Würtenberger has more than 18 years of professional experience in product development and innovative processes in the gas and power industries.

Uwe
Würtenberger

Product Development Manager
Arianne Bherer

Arianne holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich.

Arianne Bhérer-Breton

Business Development Manager
Liam Bansen

Liam is head of engineering bringing experience from the clean-tech industry where he specialized in renewable fuels process technologies.

Liam
Bansen

Head of Engineering
Gorm Teper

Gorm has global experience in Project Engineering, Management and Business Development.

Gorm
Teper

Director of Project Execution
Birgit Lewandowski

Birgit has extensive management experience in R&D, production and QA in industrial biotechnology.

Birgit
Lewandowski

Director
Development
Andreea Florea

Andreea has 10 years of experience in Facilities Engineering and Project Management.

Andreea
Florea

Project
Manager
Avani Geddadi

Responsible for implementing the design and engineering of Power-to-Gas facilities with proven and proprietary biomethanation process technology.

Avani Nath Geddadi

Senior Process Engineer
Gorm Teper

Gorm has global experience in Project Engineering, Management and Business Development.

Gorm
Teper

Director of Project Execution
Birgit Lewandowski

Birgit has extensive management experience in R&D, production and QA in industrial biotechnology.

Birgit Lewandowski

Director Development
Andreea Florea

Andreea has 10 years of experience in Facilities Engineering and Project Management.

Andreea
Florea

Project
Manager
Avani Geddadi

Responsible for implementing the design and engineering of Power-to-Gas facilities with proven and proprietary biomethanation process technology.

Avani Nath Geddadi

Senior
Process Engineer
Dietmar Struebing

Dietmar is an Environmental Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of Environmental and Process Engineering.

Dietmar
Strübing, PHD

Project
Manager
Ulrich Ulmer

Uli has experience in energy storage and conversion technologies. His academic background is in chemical and biological process engineering.

Ulrich
Ulmer, PhD

Senior
Development Engineer
Matteo Cociancich

Matteo, a scientist and an engineer, has a BS in biology and a MSc in environmental biology, which he completed at the University of Trieste in Italy.

Matteo
Cociancich

Process
Development Engineer
Theresa Ahrens

Theresa Ahrens completed her BSc in Life Science, with a specialization in biotechnology, at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster

Theresa
Ahrens

Process
Development Engineer
Zachary Pinder

Zachary has served as a consultant in the design, logistics, and safety of an industrial laboratory for plant oil extraction using hydrocarbons.

Zachary
Pinder

Process
Development Engineer
Dietmar Struebing

Dietmar is an Environmental Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of Environmental and Process Engineering.

Dietmar
Strübing, PHD

Project
Manager
Ulrich Ulmer

Uli has experience in energy storage and conversion technologies. His academic background is in chemical and biological process engineering.

Ulrich
Ulmer, PhD

Senior
Development Engineer
Matteo Cociancich

Matteo, a scientist and an engineer, has a BS in biology and a MSc in environmental biology, which he completed at the University of Trieste in Italy.

Matteo
Cociancich

Process Development Engineer
Theresa Ahrens

Theresa Ahrens completed her BSc in Life Science, with a specialization in biotechnology, at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster.

Theresa
Ahrens

Process Development Engineer
Zachary Pinder

Zachary has served as a consultant in the design, logistics, and safety of an industrial laboratory for plant oil extraction using hydrocarbons.

Zachary Pinder

Process Development Engineer
José Rodrigo

Jose has a solid experience in environmental biotechnology. Before joining Electrochaea, he completed postdoctoral studies

Jose Rodrigo Quejigo, PhD

Scientist Biotechnology,
PhD
David Kostner

David is a microbiologist with a strong background in molecular genetics, prokaryotic strain engineering and process development.

David
Kostner, PhD

Senior Development Scientist / Laboratory Lead
Felix Popp

Felix is a microbiologist with broad experience in molecular biology, genetics and prokaryotic physiology.

Felix
Popp, PhD

Team
Leader
Biology
hans-knudsen

Hans brings a wealth of operating experience to Electrochaea's technical team.

Hans Christian Knudsen

Head of Operations & Maintenance, Electrochaea.dk ApS

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hans-wendelboe

Hans joined Electrochaea.dk ApS as an Operations Technician in 2015. He brings 15 years of operating experience to Electrochaea's technical team.

Hans
Wendelboe

Operations
Technician, Electrochaea.dk ApS

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José Rodrigo

Jose has a solid experience in environmental biotechnology. Before joining Electrochaea, he completed postdoctoral studies

Jose Rodrigo Quejigo, PhD

Scientist Biotechnology, PhD
David Kostner

David is a microbiologist with a strong background in molecular genetics, prokaryotic strain engineering and process development.

David Kostner, PhD

Senior Development Scientist / Laboratory Lead
Felix Popp

Felix is a microbiologist with broad experience in molecular biology, genetics and prokaryotic physiology.

Felix
Popp, PhD

Team Leader Biology
hans-knudsen

Hans brings a wealth of operating experience to Electrochaea's technical team.

Hans Christian Knudsen

Head of Operations & Maintenance, Electrochaea.dk ApS

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hans-wendelboe

Hans joined Electrochaea.dk ApS as an Operations Technician in 2015. He brings 15 years of operating experience to Electrochaea's technical team.

Hans
Wendelboe

Operations
Technician, Electrochaea.dk ApS

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Sven Reimann

Sven has many years of practical experience in balance sheet accounting, real estate and foreign asset management and financial services.

Sven
Reimann

Accountant
Beth Bray

Beth is a retired professor from the University of California at Riverside. She taught classes in plant biology and researched the mechanism of plant response to dehydration stress.

Beth
Bray

Consultant
Schuetz

Jana studied management, marketing and accounting at General Business Administration College in Presov, Slovakia.

Jana
Schütz

Office Administrator
Coming soon

TBA

Maria
Beschid

Executive Assistant
Jasmin Roetzer

Jasmin supports several projects on Power-to-Gas technology. She earned a B.Sc. in Biotechnology and an M.Sc. in Biotechnology / Bioengineering.

Jasmin
Rötzer

Junior Development Scientist
Sven Reimann

Sven has many years of practical experience in balance sheet accounting, real estate and foreign asset management and financial services.

Sven
Reimann

Accountant
Beth Bray

Beth is a retired professor from the University of California at Riverside. She taught classes in plant biology and researched the mechanism of plant response to dehydration stress.

Beth
Bray

Consultant
Schuetz

Jana studied management, marketing and accounting at General Business Administration College in Presov, Slovakia.

Jana
Schütz

Office Administrator
Coming soon

TBA

Maria
Beschid

Executive Assistant
Jasmin Roetzer

Jasmin supports several projects on Power-to-Gas technology. She earned a B.Sc. in Biotechnology and an M.Sc. in Biotechnology/Bioengineering.

Jasmin Rötzer

Junior Development Scientist

Board of Advisors

Martin Kröner_new

Martin Kröner is a managing partner of Munich Venture Partners, and prior to that he was co-founder and CEO of Agnion Energy Inc.

Dr. Martin
Kröner

trombinoscope E-P

Fabiana Limongi holds a Geological Engineering degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy sector.

Fabiana
Limongi

Victoria Gonzalez

Victoria has spent thirty years leading as a change agent. Educated as an engineer, she has worked in large corporations.

Victoria
Gonzalez

Reitberger

Christian is an active business angel working with the b-to-v Group, and serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners.

Dr. Christian
Reitberger

johannes-peschko

Johannes is serving as investor, board-member and business angel in a number of young companies.

Johannes
Peschko

Technical Advisors

BEES cornell

Dr. Lars Angenent is interested in waste conversion to generate specific products such as energy carriers or platform chemicals.

Lars Angenent, PhD

Strategic Consultant
Kunz_Andreas

20 years of experience in power plant commissioning, operation & maintenance, service contracting and project management.

Andreas
Kunz

Technical Advisor and Observer
Laurent Mets

Dr. Laurens Mets, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, is the Electrochaea technology founder.

Laurens Mets, PhD

Principal Investigator
Fernando Keuchen

Fernando is an experienced industrial engineer with a wealth of experience in project management, plant commissioning, and technology development.

Fernando Keuchen

Technical Advisor
BEES cornell

Dr. Lars Angenent is interested in waste conversion to generate specific products such as energy carriers or platform chemicals.

Lars Angenent, PhD

Strategic Consultant
Kunz_Andreas

20 years of experience in power plant commissioning, operation & maintenance, service contracting and project management.

Andreas
Kunz

Technical Advisor and Observer
Laurent Mets

Dr. Laurens Mets, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, is the Electrochaea technology founder.

Laurens Mets, PhD

Principal Investigator
Fernando Keuchen

Fernando is an experienced industrial engineer with a wealth of experience in project management, plant commissioning, and technology development.

Fernando Keuchen

Technical Advisor

Mich Hein, PhD - CEO and Managing Director

 

As an inventor, entrepreneur and corporate executive, Mich has 35 years experience in technology development and commercialization. In addition to his role at Electrochaea, Mich is a Partner at Focus First and a Managing Partner of the Nidus Partners (St Louis, MO). Prior to starting Focus First, Mich served as Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago's Office of Technology and Intellectual Property, and as Chief of Staff at the Illinois Medical District where he managed the Chicago Technology Park. He started his career as a research chemist with Monsanto and then PPG Industries before joining the faculty at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Mich's investigations into mucosal immunology and plant-based proteins led him to found Epicyte Pharmaceutical, Inc which was acquired by Biolex, Inc in 2004. His entrepreneurial career also included positions as CEO at Chromatin, Inc and as founder of Heliose.

 

Mich holds a BS degree from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University and both an MSc and PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota.

Doris Hafenbradl, PhD - CTO and Managing Director

 

Doris has enjoyed a successful career as scientist and corporate executive in the biotech and pharma industry in the US and Europe. She joined Electrochaea from Axxam, a leading provider of integrated discovery services for the life sciences industry, where she was responsible for the company's discovery services activities. Prior to Axxam, she held several senior management roles in international, industry-leading pharmaceutical firms including BioFocus, Proteros, GPC Biotech, Axxima Pharmaceuticals, Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation, and Diversa.

 

Doris dedicated her doctoral research in mircobiology to the study of hyperthermophilic archaea in the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Karl Stetter at the Archaea Centre at the University of Regensburg.

Harald Beschid, COO

 

Harald has more than 15 years of experience in Industrial Project Management. In his previous roles, he managed major projects over all development phases, from early idea management, concept engineering to basic engineering and detailed engineering. Harald led organizations to successfully transfer ideas into engineering packages and to realization on construction sites and commissioned large-scale industrial process plants all over the world. Harald has extensive hands-on expertise in project management, project controls, operations and cross-department consulting. During his career, his responsibilities increased steadily; he led teams of more than 80 staff members and managed budgets over 320 mio EUR. As COO at Electrochaea, Harald is leading the Engineering, Projects and Operations Team and managing the implementation of upcoming commercial projects.

 

Harald has a degree in Technical Chemistry from the University of Applied Sciences Georg-Simon-Ohm, Nuremberg, Germany, and an Executive MBA in General Management from the Technical University of Munich.

Joe Feldman, North American Business Development

 

In his business development role for North America, Joe brings over thirty years’ experience with new market entry, strategic partnering, technology-enabled businesses and cross-border transactions.  Joe’s large company experience includes finance, business development and international roles for Searle Pharmaceuticals, The NutraSweet Company and Monsanto; this included two years in Switzerland for NutraSweet.  He has worked with venture-stage organizations including First Genetic Trust, Chromatin, and Sandbox Industries, as well as with technology development groups at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.  As President of Feldman Associates, Joe has worked with growing companies on acquisitions, new market entry and a range of strategic initiatives.

 

Joe is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business (BS, Finance) and Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA).

Thomas Friehe, Finance Director

 

Thomas has 21 years of experience in financial planning and forecasting, business development, M & A, and contract management in large and small multinational companies.  As Senior Financial Controller at Knorr-Bremse AG, Thomas, in addition to controlling income statements and financial forecasts, was instrumental in affiliate consolidation and company risk management.

 

Thomas also brings considerable experience in cost optimization, company restructuring and customer sales from his successes at Infineon Technologies AG, Boshuku Europe and Resmed. At the EDAG (Engineering + Design AG) subsidiary FFT in Puebla, México, Thomas demonstrated his skills in business development, participating in the growth of an automotive industry technology center. Thomas earned a Diplom Kaufmann in Economics from the University of Freiberg, Germany, and studied at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN, USA, with focus on buyer behavior, communications and marketing.

Camilo Lopez – BD Manager

 

Camilo completed his bachelor studies in business management at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, and worked in Colombia’s commodities markets before moving to Germany. He continued his studies at the TU München where he earned his master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management.

 

Camilo started his career in the Colombian commodity market in Bogota, where he was responsible for sourcing financing opportunities for the clients, executing trading transactions and coordinating counterparty engagment in the trading process. He joined Electrochea as a Business Development Manager to prospect for new clients, execute world wide market analyses, develop the Company’s market and client network, and secure contracts with customers and partners.

Peter Plesner, Electrochaea.dk ApSBusiness Development Director

 

Peter Plesner is accelerating Electrochaea’s development of business opportunities in Europe. Through Peter diplomatic experience, his appointment adds an additional dimension to Electrochaea’s expertise in the regulatory and international environment. As the Clean Tech Team Leader of Invest in Denmark, a branch of the Danish Foreign Ministry, Peter provided political advice to companies and cooperation with Danish authorities on framework conditions for energy investments in Denmark. Peter was instrumental in bringing Electrochaea to Europe and de-risking the technology in Denmark. His interest in supporting businesses as they interact with the energy framework continued in his work with Copenhagen Capacity. As owner of Mr Cleantech.dk, Peter provided consulting support to Danish and international companies in their effort to understand energy framework conditions and establish business cases.

Uwe Würtenberger - Product Development Manager

 

Uwe Würtenberger has more than 18 years of professional experience in product development and innovative processes in the gas and power industries.  His diploma is in chemical process engineering.  At MTU Onsite Energy gained 10 years of experience as a Project Engineer on the development of industrial combined heat and power plants (CHP).  Subsequently, Uwe joined Linde’s Innovative Management group, where he focused on industrial power-to-gas applications as a project manager.

 

Uwe’s interest in innovative applications in energy use led him to manage a project at a startup company on residential energy supply and process digitalization.  As a member of Electrochaea’s business development team, Uwe is working on the commercialization of Electrochaea’s innovative biomethanation process.

Arianne Bhérer-Breton, Business Development Manager

 

Arianne holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management from the Technical University of Munich and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of Ottawa in Canada.

 

Her master thesis focused on the hydrogen fuel cell train technology, for which she performed a patent-based forecast and cost-benefit analysis. Arianne is a Business Development Manager at Electrochaea where she develops and manages business opportunities to achieve commercialization in key markets.

Liam Bansen – Process Engineer

Liam is a process engineer bringing experience from the clean-tech industry where he specialized in renewable fuels process technologies. Before joining Electrochaea, Liam worked for Quadrogen Power Systems, Inc. in Vancouver, Canada where he focused on the design, construction, and commissioning of novel biogas processing systems for fuel cell and power applications, hydrogen production, and gas grid injection.

 

Liam started his career as a mining consultant working in remote locations such as Bolivia and the Yukon where he concentrated on mining logistics and operations. Liam holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo where he focused on heat transfer and fluid dynamics. 

Gorm Teper - Director of Project Execution

 

Gorm has global experience in Project Engineering, Management and Business Development. His career includes experiences in construction, automation, water & wastewater, waste to Energy and Oil & Gas industries. With his roots in Denmark, Gorm has an international upbringing from living in Indonesia, South Korea, Norway, Australia and now Germany. He has worked internationally as a Project Engineer and Site Manager, with experience in estimating, tendering, contracting as well as process design. Before joining Electrochaea, Gorm was involved in large world class projects such as Brisbane Water Enviro Alliance (BWEA), Project Aurora – Incitec Pivot’s chemical plant in Queensland, INPEX LNG in Darwin where he gained experience in contract management on a range of contract styles including design and construct and alliances, and more recently in Business Development for delivering packaged high efficiency ultrafiltration systems.

 

Gorm earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Australian Queensland University of Technology, which included studies abroad at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In Norway, his training included civil design, blast design, nuclear plant design and hydropower. His lifetime of international experiences brings a strong multi-cultural outlook and maturity to Electrochaea.

Birgit Lewandowski, Director Development

 

Birgit has extensive management experience in R&D, production and QA in industrial biotechnology. Thanks to her profound understanding of market needs, Birgit was able to successfully improve operational and technical processes and expand business segments with focus on economic parameters. In her previous roles, she was responsible for the scale-up of microbial culture production from lab-scale to industrial processes and has led international large-scale environmental assessment projects for the electricity industry as well as for the pulp and paper industry. Furthermore, Birgit has deep experience in writing patent and funding applications as well as drafting expert reports. 

 

With her strong interdisciplinary background, Birgit leads a diverse team of biologists, biotechnologists, and process engineers at Electrochaea. As Development Director, she serves as strategic and scientific representative of the development team for building partnerships and developing commercial projects. She supports the planning and execution of funded and commercial projects with academics, technology partners and clients and supports the extension of Electrochaea´s IP portfolio.

 

Birgit is a graduate engineer from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna followed by studies and teaching at international academic exchange programs between Europe and Africa.

Andreea Florea – Project Manager

 

Andreea has 10 years of experience in Facilities Engineering and Project Management. She started her career as a Process Engineer for oil and gas producers and EPCs and further developed her expertise in project management.  Andreea has worked in multi-cultural organizations across Europe and the Middle East and managed a diverse mix of projects for gas conditioning plants including conceptual and detailed engineering to construction, commissioning and start-up.  At Electrochaea, she works as a Project Manager on upcoming commercial projects. 

 

Andreea has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania and a pocket MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy.

Avani Nath Geddadi, Senior Process Engineer

 

As a Senior Process Engineer at Electrochaea, Avani Nath is responsible for implementing the design and engineering of Power-to-Gas facilities with proven and proprietary biomethanation process technology. He has more than 14 years of experience as a process engineer. Before joining Electrochaea, he was actively involved in front-end, basic and detail engineering activities, working for world class engineering companies in South Korea and Japan. His international assignments included design and engineering of unit operations/processes in chemical, oil processing & gas separation plants.

 

Avani has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Jawahar Lal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India. He also holds a master’s degree in Operational Excellence from Hochschule Hof, Bavaria, Germany.

Dietmar Strübing, PhD – Project Manager

 

Dietmar is an Environmental Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the fields of Environmental and Process Engineering, Process Development and Project Management. He started his career in the Pulp and Paper Industry in the UK and Germany, where he managed Utility Plant Operations as well as numerous Optimization Projects. In addition, Dietmar gained an in-depth biomethanation process understanding during development and research activities at the Technical University of Munich. Before joining Electrochaea, Dietmar expanded his experience in Project Engineering and Management with an EPC contractor in the Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industry. Within Electrochaea he is responsible for managing commercial projects.

 

Dietmar received his PhD from the Technical University of Munich where he investigated and optimized the biomethanation process in thermophilic trickle bed reactors.

Ulrich Ulmer, Senior Development Engineer

 

Uli has extensive experience in energy storage and conversion technologies. His academic background is in chemical and biological process engineering, as well as nanomaterials for energy applications. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Nanotechnology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in the field of solid state hydrogen storage technology.  He was awarded the Peter und Luise Hager-Award, which is given yearly at KIT for outstanding PhDs in the energy field. Before joining Electrochaea, Uli worked in the field of artificial photosynthesis at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he was sponsored by a Feodor Lynen-Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Society). In Toronto, Uli’s research was on novel nanomaterials for the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to renewable chemicals and fuels, as well as the development of photoreactor systems to scale up CO2 photocatalysis.

 

During his academic and professional life, Uli worked and/or studied in the US, Japan, India, Canada and Germany. At Electrochaea, Uli is working on the development, improvement and optimization of the biocatalytic CO2 methanation process.

Matteo Cociancich – Junior Scientist

 

Matteo, a scientist and an engineer, has joined our team as a Junior Scientist after completing an internship at Electrochaea. He has a BS in biology and a MSc in environmental biology, which he completed at the University of Trieste in Italy. Subsequently, Matteo received a scholarship which gave him the opportunity to complete another MSc in environmental science at the Wageningen Research University in the Netherlands. There, he specialized in environmental technology, focusing on bio-electrochemical systems (BES) and urban environmental technology management.

 

At Electrochaea, Matteo is continuing his research on BES applications.

Theresa Ahrens - Junior Process Development Engineer

 

Theresa Ahrens completed her BSc in Life Science, with a specialization in biotechnology, at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.  She earned a MSc in Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, majoring in environmental technology. For her Master’s thesis she studied the formation of renewable fatty acids to replace fossil-fuel derived oil as their primary building block.

 

Before joining Electrochaea, Theresa worked at Eawag, the water research institute of Switzerland, focusing on grey water recycling as part of a newly-designed environmentally friendly sanitation system, gaining experience with pilot scale reactors. At Electrochaea, Theresa holds a bridge position between scientists and engineers to address process development of Power-to-Gas technology.

Zachary Pinder, Junior Development Engineer

 

Zachary is junior development engineer at Electrochaea where he supports multiple projects in the development team with his expertise in genetic analysis, process optimization and bioelectrochemistry. Before joining the company, he served as a consultant in the design, logistics, and safety of an industrial laboratory for plant oil extraction using hydrocarbons.

 

He received his MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany, with a focus on bioenergy and management and master’s thesis describing the effects of lactate and oxygen on current production in a micro-aerobic microbial fuel cell. Zachary completed concurrent BSc and BA degrees in Molecular Biology and German Language at Portland State University in the USA, where he gained experience in organic chemical synthesis and scaling production of a newly isolated bacterial enzyme.

Jose Rodrigo Quejigo, Scientist Biotechnology

 

Jose has a solid experience in environmental biotechnology.  Before joining Electrochaea, he completed postdoctoral studies at Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ (Leipzig, Germany) in the field of microbial electrochemical technologies. There, he developed bed electrode reactors and electrochemical methods to analyze the interaction between electroactive bacteria and granular electrodes.

 

Jose received his PhD from UAH/Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid (Spain) investigating bioelectrochemical methods to degrade pollutants.  As part of his PhD training, Jose worked in the Helmholtz Zentrum München (Germany) working with 14C-radioisotope techniques.  He also holds a degree in Biology from the Univesity Autónoma of Madrid (Spain).

David Kostner, PhD - Senior Development Scientist / Laboratory Lead

 

David is a microbiologist with a strong background in molecular genetics, prokaryotic strain engineering and process development. Before joining Electrochaea, he gained experience in industrial biotechnology by developing a cost-efficient  high-cell-density fermentation process for the production of biodegradable plastics in a major company. There he led several research projects to investigate plant growth promoting microorganisms. During his postdoctoral studies, he researched membrane bound dehydrogenases and their potential in whole-cell biocatalysts.

 

In 2014, he received his PhD from TU München, Germany, where he completed his research studies in the Department of Microbiology of Prof. Liebl, developing new molecular genetic tools for industry-relevant microorganisms. David holds a degree in Microbiology from TU München (M.Sc.) where he worked on carotenoid synthesis in hyperthermophile microorganisms, and a degree in Biology from the University of Innsbruck (B.Sc.).

Felix Popp, PhD - Team Leader Biology

 

Felix is a microbiologist with broad experience in molecular biology, genetics and prokaryotic physiology. Before joining Electrochaea, he completed postdoctoral studies at Helmholtz Zentrum München in the field of groundwater ecology. There, he gained experience in the quantitative analysis of microbial communities and next generation sequencing approaches.

 

Felix received his PhD from LMU München after completing his doctoral studies in the lab of Prof. Schüler where he investigated the motility of magnetic bacteria. He holds a degree in Biology from the University of Freiburg where he worked on bacterial metal respiration processes.

Sven Reimann - Accountant

 

Sven Reimann studied law in Jena and works as a consultant for various companies. He has many years of practical experience in balance sheet accounting, real estate and foreign asset management and financial services. This expertise is supplemented by secondary professional trainings and qualifications.

 

Sven was involved in the structural organization and founding of biotech as well as IT companies in Thuringia and Bavaria and participated in several major projects, including the nationwide implementation of the occupational pension scheme at ATU Autoteile Unger. Sven is experienced in accounting, audit monitoring and controlling of various funding projects.

Beth Bray – Consultant

 

Beth is a retired professor from the University of California at Riverside, where she was a faculty member for 20 years.  She taught classes in plant biology and researched the mechanism of plant response to dehydration stress.

 

Beth is excited to be learning all she can about archaea and power-to-gas, while participating in company advancement in technical writing, business development and BioCat plant operation.  Beth has a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN.

Jana Schütz – Office Administrator

 

Jana studied management, marketing and accounting at General Business Administration College in Presov, Slovakia. After graduation, she moved to Munich in order to learn German.

 

Before joining Electrochaea as an Office Administrator, she worked in the Munich hotel and conference industry where she was responsible for purchasing, conference management and general administration. At Electrochaea, Jana is in charge of travel management, accounting support and purchase and team support.

Maria Beschid – Executive Assistant

 

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Jasmin Rötzer – Junior Development Scientist

 

Jasmin earned a B.Sc. in Biotechnology at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences in Freising, Germany and an M.Sc. in Biotechnology/Bioengineering at the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences / Munich University of Applied Sciences.

 

Her master´s thesis focused on the heterologous production of polyglutamic acid in Paenibacillus polymyxa and the increase of product yield via genome editing. Jasmin is a Scientific Assistant at Electrochaea where she supports several projects on Power-to-Gas technology.

Dr. Martin Kröner

 

Martin Kröner is a managing partner of Munich Venture Partners. Prior to joining the MVP team, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Agnion Energy Inc. and worked at Linde Engineering as member of the R&D team developing green hydrogen production. Prior to Linde, Martin built up Thermotec Engineering Services, a spin-off of the Technical University of Munich. Martin holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and a Ph.D. in combustion engineering from the Technical University in Munich. During his industrial career, he made several inventions reflected in 10 international patent applications.

Fabiana Limongi

 

Fabiana Limongi holds a Geological Engineering degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the energy sector where she occupied positions as Asset Manager, Asset Developer and Technical Leader.

 

In her current position as Asset Manager at Storengy (a company of ENGIE) Fabiana acts as Board Member for several entities developing renewable energy solutions, including geothermal energy and biogas (Methanisation and Methanation solutions). Fabiana is used to work in multicultural environments and has worked in projects in Africa, South East Asia, South America and Europe. Previous companies include Total and Schlumberger where she occupied technical and management positions.

Victoria Gonzalez

 

Victoria Gonzalez has spent thirty years leading as a change agent. Educated as an engineer, she has worked in large corporations like DuPont and Monsanto, learning how big corporations implement new technology solutions, and rising to the level of Director of a chemical ingredients business. She has also spent more than eighteen years with tech start-ups, learning what it takes to gain the confidence of the market – passion, reliability, relentless customer service and always delivering on a promise. Gonzalez’s experiences building start-up companies include assembling extraordinary management teams, raising investment and grant funding, creating company strategy and innovative & rapid product development.

 

Victoria Gonzalez received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M in 1984 and a M.B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Christian Reitberger 

 

Christian is an active business angel working with the b-to-v Group, and serves as a Partner with Wellington Partners. Christian is a savvy technologist with a passion for transforming breakthrough innovations into real businesses that have the potential to improve the state of our world. He has led venture, growth and buyout investments in the Electronics, Resource Efficiency and Software/AI & computer vision area.

Christian spent nine years with Apax Partners where he was a Partner in the Tech & Telecom team and five years with McKinsey where he worked with clients in the electronics, digitial media, telecom and medtech industries. He earned a PhD in physics from the University of Vienna with sub auspiciis praesidentis distinction. He conducted research at CERN and had exposure to a number of corporate R&D labs

Johannes Peschko

 

Johannes is serving as investor, board-member and business angel in a number of young companies. He is the co-founder of Sirius EcoTech Fonds Düsseldorf and currently has the role of a venture partner. He is an expert in renewable energy technologies and has set himself the goal to improve how we use our resources. Johannes has also led investments in the IT and manufacturing industries.

 

Johannes studied Mechanical Engineering and Management at Technical University of Berlin. He is an alumnus of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.

 

Lars Angenent, PhD - Strategic Consultant

 

Dr. Lars Angenent, Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tübingen, is interested in waste conversion to generate specific products such as energy carriers or platform chemicals. His research interests include anaerobic digestion, anaerobic fermentation, microbial electrochemistry, and syngas fermentation.

 

Dr. Angenent earned his Ph.D. at Iowa State University and is a Kavli Fellow (U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2008), Electrochaea Board member, and Electrochaea Technical Advisory Board member. In May 2016, he received an Alexander von Humboldt Professorship.

Andreas Kunz – Technical Advisor and Observer

 

  • Manager, project realisation renewable energy at Energie 360° AG Switzerland
  • 20 years of experience in power plant commissioning, operation & maintenance, service contracting and project management
  • Commissioning and Power Station Manager at ALSTOM Power Asia Pacific, Malaysia
  • Mechanical Engineering, University Burgdorf, Switzerland
  • MBA University Burgdorf, Switzerland

 

Laurens Mets, PhD - Principal Investigator

 

Dr. Laurens Mets, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago, is the Electrochaea technology founder. He has an extensive background in understanding how plant and algal cells construct their photosynthetic apparatus and on how photosynthesis functions as a solar energy conversion system. More recently he has focused on the conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methane using thermophilic archaea. Dr. Mets earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Fernando Keuchen - Technical Advisor

 

Fernando is an experienced industrial engineer with a wealth of experience in project management, plant commissioning, and technology development. He started his career as a commissioning engineer for Alstom Power, leading commissioning teams for sub-systems of very large combined cycle power plants in Spain, Brazil, Malaysia, and the United States. He then became an expert in concentrated solar power by working as a lead engineer for SENER, FLAGSOL, Siemens and STS.

 

Fernando holds a Licentiate in Industrial Engineering from the RWTH Aachen. A dual-citizen of Germany and Spain, he speaks German, Spanish, English, Italian, and Portuguese.