Dr Andrew Marsden
Chief Executive Officer, Founder
Andrew is a co-founder of Immaterial and is responsible for setting the company strategy, building the team, raising finance, and managing the growth and exploitation of our 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.
Dr David Fairen-Jimenez
Chief Science Officer, Founder
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.
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.
Jogchum is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a rare detailed experience in different industries, both large private and public corporations. Over the years, 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 strategical challenges, in a capacity as Non-Executive Director or Advisor. His deep experience and relationships in energy markets will help Immaterial to accelerate the commercial scale up of the company.
Chief Operations Officer
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 scale-up, where they handle the operational and technical aspects respectively. He holds a first-class Master of Natural Sciences degree from the University of Cambridge, has received training from four accelerator programs, and is certified as a PRINCE2 project manager. His day-to-day role involves managing all ongoing projects with partners, customers and funding agencies.
Chief Commercial Officer
Graham leads the commercial team, responsible for strategic development of applications, and structuring partnerships, consortia and customer relationships. His background is in the commercialisation of early stage technology, particularly platform and advanced materials, having developed and implemented commercial strategies for a number of technology start-ups, executing foundational agreements in diverse industrial sectors including advanced manufacturing, auto, electronics, offshore and marine, and natural resources.
Tara works with the Chief Commercial Officer to provide input to commercial strategy, market analysis and engagement, application identification and partnership development. Tara recently completed her Master’s in the History and Philosophy of Science as a Senior Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she also obtained her first-class Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences. She has experience analysing and problem solving in sectors ranging from Pharmacology to Bioethics. Her background also includes up-scaling programmes by targeting key audiences, and consequently increasing marketability.
Dr Nigel Sommerville-Roberts
Nigel is a chemical engineer and former Research Fellow at P&G with 96 granted US and European patents, having also worked as an internal company IP trainer. Leaving P&G, he founded his own company, NSR Innovations Ltd. This company provided consultancy for the scale-up of chemical processes as well as advice and support in IP specialising in invention recognition, freedom-to-practice and strategy definition. He now works as an IP Strategist for Immaterial. NSR is also a Visiting Fellow at the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham and regular lecturer in innovation, design and powder process engineering.
Engineering & Science Teams
Dr Denis O'Sullivan
Chief Technology Officer
Denis leads the engineering team at Immaterial. During his 24 years at Proctor and Gamble, he led multifunctional teams on successful global projects in FMCG, Pharma and Chemicals. Of this time, 12 years were in a role focussing on scaling up production processes from the lab to the multi-tonne scale. In this role he led several major new-to-the-world capability developments, from ideation through to delivery, commissioning, qualification, validation, and adoption of $-mn research / production equipment. He received an exceptional recognition for this from P&G and was active in leading projects relating to career growth, including coaching the younger generation of engineers.
Dr Nicholas Rice
Nicholas is responsible for driving the engineering research, development and design of several aspects of Immaterial production technology. Nicholas recently completed his PhD in reactor hydrodynamics at the Magnetic Resonance Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. He holds an MPhil in Advanced Chemical Engineering, also from Cambridge. He undertook his degrees at Cambridge as part of the Gates Cambridge Scholar classes of 2013 and 2014. His first degree in chemical engineering is from the University of Cape Town. He has research experience principally in new-to-world energy technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells, carbon capture and storage, and novel fluidisation techniques
Dr Peyman Moghadam
Peyman is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining Sheffield, he worked for Dr Fairen-Jimenez at the University of Cambridge, and before that 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.
Dr David Madden
David directs the materials development at Immaterial through rational design, synthesis and testing of novel materials. David has experience in inorganic chemistry synthesis (MOFs, Silica’s and Zeolites) for numerous applications, including sensors, gas separations and storage. He completed his PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2014 at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Before joining Immaterial, his research focused upon the use of novel porous materials for energy efficient gas/vapour purifications, carbon capture and storage and inorganic materials scale-up whilst working with Prof. Michael Zaworotko, Prof. Gavin Walker and Dr. Teresa Curtin in the Bernal Institute, Limerick.
Dr Robin Babu
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.
Dr Ceren Avci