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.
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.
Ben develops commercial opportunities for the company, working to secure funding and assess potential future markets for the technology. He manages Immaterial's grant-funded projects, leading all operations. He completed his BA in Natural Science at the University of Cambridge, focusing on Physics and Physiology. He went on on to read a Masters in Systems Biology, where he developed computer models of a cellular signalling pathway commonly implicated in cancer.
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.
Dr Robert Sansom, FREng
Robert is an experienced angel investor and mentor to technology-based start-up businesses in the UK and US. He is the founder of the Cambridge Angels, who invest in technology start-ups based in the Cambridge cluster and across the UK. He is Chairman of two technology startups, Netronome and CCS, and serves on the board of CRFS and Ubisense. His entrepreneurial experience involves co-founding FORE Systems, a leader in high-speed data communications, where he was CTO. The company was sold to Marconi in 1999.
Colin spent most of his career with the Linde Group, having held management and functional roles in technical, marketing and business development within global functions and operating businesses. He was Head of the Gases Packaging team, which won two Red Dot Awards for product design. After studying Mechanical and Production Engineering, Colin later became a Chartered Marketer. He has 30+ years’ experience in industrial markets, based both in the UK and Canada; he has also worked in Asia, China, EMEA and North America.