Team

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Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, FAA FTSE

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, FAA FTSE

Founding Chairman

Thomas is the Founding Chairman of Gelion Technologies. He is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney and served as Founding Director of the new A$150m Australian Institute of Nanoscale Science and Technology (“Sydney Nano”).

In 2001, he was one of the founding Professors of Avantium, a Dutch High-tech company that listed in 2017 on Euronext with a current market cap of A$345m. He is also co-founder of the privately held Licella, a waste to fuels and chemicals company.

In 2011, he was elected youngest Foreign Member of the Academia Europea as well as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) and, in 2014, of the Royal Society of NSW (Australia’s oldest scientific society).

He has authored 290+ publications (including 25 patents and 22 book chapters) and been cited 8500+ times. He serves on the editorial/advisory boards of ten international journals and received many awards, including the RACI Weickhardt Medal for Economic Contributions (2012), RACI Applied Research Award (2011) and the Le Févre Prize of the Australian Academy of Sciences (2007).

He has held positions at the Royal Institution of Great Britain and the University of Cambridge (Peterhouse), and was appointed to Professor and Department Head at the Delft Institute of Chemical Technology (1998), becoming Vice-Chairman of that Institute in 2000. He returned in late 2003 to the University of Sydney to ARC Future and Federation Fellowships.

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Dr Donald Hector

Dr Donald Hector

Director & Co-Founder

Donald Hector AM is a founding board member of Gelion.  He has extensive experience in large-scale industrial processing and the evaluation and commercialisation of new technologies and previously was managing director of Dow Corning Australia and the executive director responsible for the Australian/New Zealand, ASEAN and Indian subsidiaries of Dow Corning Corporation, a high-technology, American multi-national company.  He was also managing director of Asia Pacific Specialty Chemicals Ltd, an ASX-listed specialty chemicals and food additives company and has been a non-executive chairman and director of ASX-listed and private companies and not-for-profit organisations.   Donald has a PhD in engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of the Institution of Engineers (Australia), of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow and the immediate past President of the Royal Society of NSW.  He is a Member of the Order of Australia.

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Dr Len Humphreys

Dr Len Humphreys

Director & Co-Founder

Dr Len Humphreys was instrumental in the conception and development of Licella’s technology and is the inventor of a number of patents around the Catalytic Hydro-Thermal process, Cat-HTR.

Len is a chartered chemist and the former Director and Managing Director of several renewable energy companies including Novera Energy, a renewable energy company now listed on the AIM in the UK and also the ASX listed company IBA Health (now I-Soft), a healthcare IT software provider.

In addition Len held Managing Director and Regional President roles inside the European Invensys Group of companies.

Invensys is one of the world’s largest IT, process control and industrial process automation conglomerates. In Europe, Len was a senior executive inside the Mannesmann Group, the German multinational specialising in engineering, manufacturing and telecommunications; in particular he was CEO of the Hartmann and Braun process Analytical Division based in the UK.

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Kim Sides (Thompson)

Kim Sides (Thompson)

Director & Co-Founder

Kim is a Gelion founding board member and an experienced executive in the Real Estate/ Construction industry.  She is currently based in Asia as Commercial & Finance Director for the ~$A3b TRX Lifestyle Quarter joint venture between Lendlease and the Malaysian Government.

Kim was most recently part of the Executive team delivering Lendlease’s landmark Barangaroo South project in Sydney.

With degrees in Law and Commerce (with a Marketing major) from UNSW and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia, Kim brings an enquiring and challenging mind to her Director role with Gelion Technologies.

Kim’s foundation legal training was at Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons), including 5 years as an equity partner in the Sydney based Projects & Investments team.

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Steve Mahon

Steve Mahon

Chairman Gelion UK

Dr Steve Mahon is CEO of Armstrong and also a co-founder. He has had a successful career in commercialising low carbon technologies with over 15 years in the sector and a track record in selecting and managing high growth low carbon companies, both in the private and public markets. He combines a detailed understanding across a wide range of clean technologies with the first hand experience of growing early stage businesses and delivering shareholder returns having been involved in the investment or management of over 25 businesses.

Prior to establishing Armstrong, Steve co-founded Low Carbon Investors Limited (LCI), a Guernsey based fund management company which advised Low Carbon Accelerator Limited, the AIM listed early-stage technology fund. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Low Carbon Investors (UK) Limited (LCIUK) established with Downing LLP (Downing), the UK’s first dedicated feed-in-tariff fund, the Downing Low Carbon EIS and went on to advise Downing on the investment of more than £45m in feed-in-tariff projects in solar and wind assets.

Before establishing LCI, Steve had been a main Board member of Pursuit Dynamics plc, during which time it was the top performing small cap engineering stock on AIM; and of Sentec Ltd, the smart grid technology specialist, that became one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe. Steve started his career in Qinetiq and managed a business unit commercialising advanced materials. He has a first class degree and PhD in Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

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Dr Nicole van der Laak

Dr Nicole van der Laak

Project Manager and Lindfield Precinct Manager

Dr. Nicole van der Laak has held both academic and commercial positions working on the development of energy storage materials and technologies including supercapacitors and batteries.  She also has a background in lead-acid battery manufacturing.

Nicole is a Gates scholar and holds a PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy from the University of Cambridge (2007).  She has co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed scientific papers and several patents.

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Dr Martin Schneider

Dr Martin Schneider

Senior Engineer

Dr. Martin Schneider worked for over 15 years in major companies in the German automotive and energy industries, with experience in fuel cell car development, quality management and fuel quality consulting. His roles included laboratory analysis, failure analysis, laboratory safety management, supervision of honours theses, advanced chemical analysis, fundamental research, new concept development and consultant and advisory services.

After migrating to Australia, Martin completed his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney. His PhD project included development of a battery test system, which he used for extensive research in zinc bromine flow batteries. Martin has worked with Gelion since the company’s inception, and his responsibilities include: lead testing and design engineer, project management, battery design and failure analysis.

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Dr Shufeng Zhao

Dr Shufeng Zhao

Senior Chemist

Dr. Shufeng Zhao obtained PhD in East China Normal University (China), focusing on the electrochemistry of small molecules in ionic liquids, and the electrocatalytic conversion of small molecules into value-added chemicals. She is a highly experienced scientist in both theoretical and experimental electrochemistry, and is the author of more than twenty peer-reviewed scientific papers and book chapters, in addition to several patents.

Prior to joining Gelion, she was working with the CSIRO and Monash University as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, exploring the electrochemical conversion of CO2 into low cost fuel mixtures.

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Dr Gobinath Rajarathnam

Dr Gobinath Rajarathnam

Engineer

Dr. Gobinath Rajarathnam brings strong industrial experience and academic expertise to the Gelion team. He attained his PhD in the modelling and electrochemical study of zinc/bromine batteries at The University of Sydney (Australia), and has studied and researched at Imperial College London (UK). He worked internationally as an advanced design and consulting engineer, carrying out probabilistic risk and safety studies in the oil/gas and chemical industries.

His multiple published works include the well-received book titled “The Zinc/Bromine Flow Battery: Materials Challenges and Practical Solutions for Technology Advancement,” which describes and discusses the technology and associated challenges, potential pathways for improving performance and prospects for cost reduction.

Gobinath roles with Gelion include electrochemical, electrical, and electronics design and engineering, data science and analysis, financial modelling, and market analysis. His research and academic achievements have won multiple awards including the Bruce Choy Prize for Highest Proficiency in Chemical Engineering in 2011, in addition to various top prizes for his posters and technical presentations.

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Dr Lu Chen

Dr Lu Chen

Chemist

Dr. Lu Chen is an electrochemist who received his PhD degree at Monash University in June 2017. Specialising in metal electrodeposition in ionic liquids (as well as applications toward the electrochemical reduction of CO2), Dr. Chen published twelve high quality peer-reviewed journal articles and one international patent over just three years of study. As a result, he was awarded the Monash Postgraduate Publication Award.

Dr. Chen joined Gelion in June, 2017, and is bringing his expertise in electrochemistry to assist Gelion’s engineers with the fundamental knowledge of electrochemical processes. He has wide research interests, which include energy conversion and storage, electro-catalysis and electro-plating, and is passionate about developing reliable and powerful energy storage devices.

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Dr Max Easton

Dr Max Easton

Consulting Chemist

Dr. Max Easton completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Sydney in 2015 (specializing in polybromide and bromozincate chemistry, ionic liquids and electrochemistry), and is one of the original patent holders of Gelion’s ionogel technology. He has (co)authored twelve peer-reviewed journal articles, and has diverse experience as a Chemist, and as a freelance journalist.

Max was recently employed as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, working under one of the world’s pre-eminent ionic liquid chemists. He has returned to Gelion as a consulting scientist, bringing his expertise in ionic liquids, electrochemistry, and zinc and bromine chemistry to the ionogel platform.

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Matthew Suprawinata

Matthew Suprawinata

Graduate Engineer

Matthew Suprawinata obtained his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, with a research thesis based on the development of several aspects of zinc bromine flow batteries. He brings his chemical engineering background (developed through internships at The Dow Chemical Company) to his role at Gelion.

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Marion le Guen

Marion le Guen

Graduate Engineer

Marion Le Guen is a chemical engineer who specialised in petrochemistry at the Energy and Products at IFP School (France), and the National Engineering School of Caen, where she attained her Master’s degree in Energy and Environment.

Marion is a multi-faceted engineer who has worked as an intern and trainee engineer in both university research labs and in industry (for Axens and Exxon Mobil), and draws on this broad experience with her roles at Gelion, which span the preparation of gels all the way to market analysis of energy storage options.

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Darin A. Vincent

Darin A. Vincent

Technical Officer

Darin brings extensive experience from the manufacturing industry having worked at Intel Corporation’s Assembly, Test and Manufacturing facility for the past 12 years. During this time, he has successfully managed and worked on new technology transfer, developed direct start-up capabilities for factories and has successfully driven down manufacturing operational cost by enhancing processes and improving equipment performances using combinations of TRIZ, Lean and Six Sigma techniques. He is also a technical trainer on Class 4 laser equipment and has experience working on automated vision inspection modules as well as pick-and-place module machines.

Darin is a Mechanical Engineer and a member of Engineers Australia. He is also an International TRIZ Association certified TRIZ Level 3 Practitioner. He has authored and presented his engineering works in numerous international conferences across Europe, USA as well as in Asia.

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Lisa Player

Lisa Player

Graduate Chemist (PhD Student)

Lisa is a current PhD candidate from the University of Sydney, where she is looking at the role of ionic liquids in reversible power storage. She has authored three peer reviewed journal articles and is the recipient of the Henry Bertie and Florence Mabel Gritton postgraduate Scholarship. She completed her undergraduate degree, B.Sc. (Adv. Hons 1), at the University of Sydney, with a double major in chemistry and mathematics.

She completed her Honours in bromozincate ionic liquids for catalysis, and now expands upon her expertise in bromozincate chemistry, ionic liquids and gel electrolytes for Gelion’s ionogel platform.

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Emma Dyer

Emma Dyer

HR Consultant

Emma has over twenty five years, operational, commercial and human resources experience, including senior management, executive and HR Director appointments across a number of industries including FMCG, Healthcare and Retail in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Prior to joining Ignite Energy Resources in 2013, Emma provided HR consultancy services to entrepreneurial start-ups and small businesses.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered FCIPD) equivalent to a Fellow of AHRI (Australia Human Resources Institute).

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Alison Bowles

Alison Bowles

Finance and Adminstration Consultant

Ali Bowles joined Gelion in July 2017 and provides financial and administrative support to the team. Prior to joining Gelion Ali worked for Biointelect, an Australian Biopharmaceutical consultancy, providing organisational and financial support during its start-up phase. Ali also has extensive experience across both Pharmaceuticals and Retail following roles undertaken previously in the UK.

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Jeremy Biggs

Jeremy Biggs

IT Consultant

Jeremy has experience working across various industry sectors providing information technology optimisation, process automation and systems security through custom integration and delivery of best of breed technologies. His core focus relates to the development and deployment of solutions that assist companies with a sustainable collaborative growth strategy. His areas of expertise include: information technology, CRM, security and compliance, document management and board advisory.

He founded Karroo in 2017, an innovation advisory business, providing IT strategy consulting to start-up and medium sized companies to commercialise information technology projects.  Jeremy has worked in both Australian and International markets within various sectors including: Energy and resources, Retail, Hospitality and Telecommunications.

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Andrea Polson

Andrea Polson

Communications Consultant

Andrea is currently Marketing and Communications Manager at Ignite Energy Resources and Licllea. Prior to this Andrea has over ten years’ experience in a variety of sales, marketing and communication roles within the pharmaceutical and resources industry. Andrea is experienced leading cross functional teams and managing multimillion dollar brands including Botox, Juvederm, Nasonex, Elocon, Valtrex and Evista. Andrea has a BA Hons and a Diploma in Marketing.

Andrea is a consultant for Gelion related to marketing and corporate communication, including shareholder and investor engagement, digital strategy, media and corporate communications.

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Robin Chamberlayne

Robin Chamberlayne

Senior Management

Robin Chamberlayne is a chartered financial planner and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He formed Progressive Strategic Solutions in 1997, which was one of the first chartered firms in the UK. Progressive provides holistic financial advice and tax planning strategies to high net worth individuals and businesses. Robin has been actively involved in the creation and operation of numerous companies with a focus in the energy sector, he is a director of Armstrong Energy Ltd.

Since 2009 Robin has held board positions with Downing and ProVen Venture Capital Trusts covering both the generalist and renewable energy sectors

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