MEET OUR TEAM

  • Mohammed Khan

    CEO

  • Jogchum Brinksma

    Chairman

  • David Fairen-Jimenez

    CSO

  • Tony Harris

    Director

  • Denis O’Sullivan

    CTO

  • Graham Spencer

    CCO

  • Ate Visser

    Director

  • Peyman Moghadam

    Computational Researcher

  • Ibrahim Albaik

    Computational Engineer

  • Robin Babu

    Research Associate

  • Gerard Boix

    Research Associate

  • Ceren Camur

    Senior Research Associate

  • Ben Dyer

    Commercial Associate

  • Ed Hackett 

    Programme Director

  • Lik Hong Wee

    Research Manager

  • Aurelia Li

    Computational Scientist

Mohammed Khan

CEO

Mohammed is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of transforming and growing a range of businesses from energy, chemicals, specialities, life sciences, water and other industrial markets. Common themes spanning a career over 27 years include technology commercialisation, creating enterprise value, customer intimacy and partnerships, full M&A cycle including joint ventures experience. Mohammed has operated in most industrial geographies across the world and brings significant customer insight and business leadership experience to Immaterial with a career spanning across BP and Johnson Matthey. Excited about the Immaterial technology platform and how we can work with customers to address unsolved problems and build new markets that contribute to a cleaner world. Come talk to us and meet the team to see how we can accelerate your future.

Jogchum Brinksma

Chairman

Jogchum is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a detailed experience in different industries, both large private and public corporations. He became fascinated by the recent enhanced possibilities of computational analytics of large datasets for complex decision making and analytical review. Over the past years he invested in a broad range of university spin-outs with innovative breakthrough technology, which benefit from these enhanced capabilities in their scientific research towards promising commercial applications. He supports the companies with capital and advises on strategic challenges, in a capacity as Non-Executive Director or Advisor. His deep experience and relationships in energy markets support Immaterial in accelerating the commercial growth of the company.

David Fairen-Jimenez

CSO

David is a co-founder of Immaterial and leads the development of our fundamental technology. He is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Reader in Molecular Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he leads the Adsorption & Advanced Material Laboratory. His research into the application of MOFs in energy applications and nanoscale drug delivery is underpinned by fundamental studies into molecular recognition and self-assembly processes inside nanoporous materials.

Tony Harris

Director

Tony is a seasoned entrepreneur and inventor with a 35-year background in business and technology. His expertise spans international corporate governance and business development, product management, technical sales and international exporting, as well as intellectual property management and licensing. In 2007 he successfully exited an international software company that he co-founded in 1989. The company won four Queen’s Awards, appeared in The Times’ 100 FastTrack and ProfitTrack and had offices in three continents.

Denis O’Sullivan

CTO

Denis is the CTO and Engineering lead at Immaterial. He brings extensive experience from FMCG, Chemicals and Pharma. In 20+ years at Procter & Gamble, he led multifunctional teams on successful global projects, consulted on scale-up of new-to-the-world processes and led $-mn capability developments from ideation to delivery. He is passionate about coaching our next generation of engineers and scientists. He and the Engineering organisation focus on turning the innovations of our Science Team into great process solutions for our customers.

Graham Spencer

CCO

Graham leads the commercial team, responsible for the strategic deployment of Immaterial’s technology, structuring partnerships, consortia and customer relationships. His background is in the commercialisation of early stage technology, particularly platform and advanced materials. Graham has been responsible for foundational agreements in diverse industrial sectors including advanced manufacturing, automotive, electronics, offshore and marine, and natural resources.

Ate Visser

Director

Ate brings nearly 40 years of broad, international senior executive experience in the energy and chemicals industries. He has successfully developed and managed large integrated upstream and midstream natural gas/LNG, Gas-to-Liquids and chemicals businesses. During his Shell career, he served as a member of the Upstream Asia Leadership Team, and the global Integrated Gas and Shell Chemicals Leadership Teams. Ate supports various other start-ups, a global consultancy and serves on the Supervisory Board of two companies. Throughout his career, Ate has consistently focussed on using cutting-edge R&D to overcome world-scale technology challenges, and unlock significant value through innovation. For Immaterial, with its ground-breaking platform technology, he sees opportunities to advance the state-of-the-art in a broad range of industries and applications. Ate is an active member of the Immaterial team.

Peyman Moghadam

Computational Researcher

Peyman is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining Sheffield, he was the head of the computational group at the Adsorption and Advanced Materials Lab at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh followed by a two-year postdoc at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has published 36 papers and his expertise is in the combination of high-throughput molecular simulations and big-data science for studying adsorption phenomena in advanced materials. Peyman models the performance of our MOFs to tailor them to our customer’s needs.

Ibrahim Albaik

Computational Engineer

Ibrahim is responsible for delivering various system and process simulations using computational fluid dynamics to integrate different MOFs in various applications such as gas storage, gas separation and HVAC systems. Ibrahim is about to complete his PhD in developing different cooling and desalination adsorption systems using MOFs at the University of Birmingham. He holds an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering with a Ratcliffe Prize as the best post-graduate performance in the Engineering School, also from Birmingham. His first degree in Mechanical Engineering is from the Islamic University of Gaza. He has industrial and research experiences in different electro-mechanical projects such as pump stations, wastewater treatment and desalination plants as well as renewable energy systems such as Solar-Organic Rankine cycle, Stirling engine and biogas systems.

Robin Babu

Research Associate

Robin completed his PhD in Chemistry from Pusan National University in South Korea, where his research was focused on the development of numerous materials (metal organic frameworks, mixed metal oxides, and nano materials) for catalytic applications. He also holds an MTech degree in Industrial Catalysis and MSc degree in Chemistry. To date, Robin has published 21 international papers related to the design, green synthesis and investigation on the structural properties of MOFs for CO2 capture and transformation catalysis. At Immaterial, he is responsible for product scale-up, research and development of new MOF materials.

Gerard Boix

Research Associate

Gerard recently completed his PhD in chemistry at Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. His research was focussed on the development of MOF-based composite materials for applications such as water remediation, biomedicine, and drug delivery. He also holds a MSc in Industrial and Research Chemistry and a BSc in chemistry both from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Gerard’s role at Immaterial is the design, synthesis, and product scale-up research of monolithic MOFs.

Ceren Camur

Senior Research Associate

Ceren is responsible for the design, synthesis and scale-up of MOFs at Immaterial. She recently completed her PhD in Materials Science at Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. She holds a MSc in Organic Chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry from the Bilkent University, Ankara. Her research is focused on the field of metal–organic nanomaterials with special interest in developing new synthetic pathways for the large-scale production of monolithic MOFs in green conditions.

Ben Dyer

Commercial Associate

Ben is a member of the commercial team, developing deployment opportunities for Immaterial’s technology portfolio. In addition, Ben is also a project manager, ensuring the smooth delivery of Immaterial’s ongoing projects with partners, customers and funding agencies. Ben has a background in advanced materials and recently completed a PhD in Materials Engineering at the University of Cambridge, where he researched soft magnetic composites for use in electric motors. Prior to starting his PhD studies, Ben worked overseas as a Mechanical Engineer at Atkins, where he led the design of mechanical equipment as part of a multi-billion-dollar Oil & Gas project in the Middle East.

Ed Hackett 

Programme Director

Edward oversees the smooth delivery of Immaterial’s ongoing projects with partners, customers and funding agencies. Through his role advising on commercial strategy development and implementation, Edward works to maintain and advance Immaterial’s position at the forefront of its field. Edward recently completed his MBA at the Cambridge Judge Business School and holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Business Finance from University College London and the London School of Economics where he researched the technological and economic viability of large-scale aerogel production. Prior to starting his MBA studies, Edward worked as a Programme Manager at General Dynamics where he led the company’s research and development programmes in addition to an international development and manufacturing portfolio.

Lik Hong Wee

Research Manager

Lik Hong is leading the synthesis, processing and upscaling of zeolites for catalytic and separation applications at Immaterial. He completed his PhD in Chemistry at Manchester Metropolitan University (2008) where he developed novel methods for the fabrication of ultra-thin zeolite films. After completing his Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO) research fellowship at the University of Leuven, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge as a senior FWO research fellow. He specialises in the design, synthesis and processing of nanoporous materials such as zeolites, metal-organic frameworks and ordered mesoporous silicas.

Aurelia Li

Computational Scientist

Aurelia is responsible for computationally screening large libraries of MOFs to identify the most promising candidates, and for developing the AI capabilities of Immaterial. She recently completed her PhD in the Adsorption and Advanced Materials Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where she previously obtained an MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering. Her research focused on building, developing, and exploring porous materials databases with data mining, analysis, and machine learning tools. She also holds a Diplôme d’Ingénieur – equivalent to a MSc in Engineering – from Ecole Centrale Paris.

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