Dr Andrew Marsden
Andrew is responsible for all aspects of the business, managing the growth and exploitation of Immaterial’s monolithic MOF technology. He completed his PhD in Protein Biophysics at the University of Cambridge, where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Chemistry, gaining broad experience in organic and inorganic disciplines. He was recently elected to be an Enterprise Fellow at the Royal Academy of Engineering, gaining access to an established network of support to grow the company.
Dr David Fairen-Jimenez
David is a Royal Society University Research Fellow leading the Adsorption & Advanced Materials Lab at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at the University of Granada, Spain, in 2006, before completing post-doctoral positions at Edinburgh University and Northwestern University. In his last 3 years at the University of Cambridge, he has published 34 papers. He has developed a broad international expertise on porous materials built through integrated research that combines fundamental knowledge of the adsorption phenomena with computational modelling and advanced experimental techniques.
Dr Tian Tian
Tian invented Immaterial’s monolithic MOF technology in 2014 during his PhD studies in the Adsorption & Advanced Materials Lab at the University of Cambridge, under the guidance of Dr David Fairen-Jimenez. He received his undergraduate degree in Polymer Science and Technology at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China. Tian has extensive experience in materials synthesis and characterisation, and has gained recognition for his work on monolithic MOFs through winning numerous academic awards at international conferences.
Ken trained as an engineer with Rolls Royce before doing an MBA in 1972/4. He then spent 8 years in Venture Capital before returning to industry first as a turnaround specialist and subsequently as a Director of listed international engineering companies. He did an MBO of a small manufacturing company in 1995, which he sold in 2000. Since then he has chaired a number of SMEs including spinouts from the University of Cambridge. As well as general management and commercial experience, Ken brings a range of risk management, corporate governance and financing skills.
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.
Ben is responsible for driving Immaterial’s growth, working to secure funding and develop commercial opportunities for the technology. He works alongside the CEO to manage Immaterial’s ongoing grant-funded projects. He holds a first-class Master of Natural Sciences degree from Cambridge and is certified as a PRINCE2 project manager. His day-to-day role primarily involves co-ordinating Immaterial with its partners at Rapid Innovation Group and the Centre for Process Innovation who work with Immaterial to drive the commercial and technical development respectively.
Dr Peyman Moghadam
Peyman is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Cambridge, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago between 2013 and 2015 after completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has published 18 papers and his expertise is in the combination of high-throughput molecular simulations and adsorption measurements for studying adsorption phenomena in advanced materials. Peyman models the performance of our MOFs to tailor them to our customer's needs.
Professor Anthony Cheetham, FRS
Professor Cheetham, from the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, is a world-leader in the MOF field, with over 35 years of experience working on nanoporous materials, more than 600 publications, 27,000+ citations, and several patents. In 2012, Professor Cheetham was elected to be the Treasurer and Vice President of the Royal Society.