Vasilis Gregoriou Ph.D. – Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Gregoriou is the CEO and cofounder of Advent Technologies Inc. In addition, Dr. Gregoriou is an internationally known scientist with research positions in both the US (Northeastern, MIT, Polaroid, Princeton) and Greece (FORTH-ICEHT) over his 25 year research career so far. His research activity extends over a wide area of subjects that include the areas of flexible photovoltaics based on organic semiconductors, optically active materials based on conjugated oligomers and polymer nanocomposites.
Dr. Gregoriou has more than 20 years of experience in the US market. He has extensive experience in the technical development of new products and in the management of such activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Duke University and he has attended the MBA program at Northeastern University.
Dr. Emory De Castro – Chief Technical Officer
Emory S. De Castro Ph.D – Chief Technical Officer is responsible for the overall technical, manufacturing and business development operations for Advent Technologies. Prior to joining Advent, Dr. De Castro was a Vice President, Business Management and the site manager for BASF Fuel Cell Inc. in Somerset NJ. At BASF Dr. De Castro led marketing and sales, business development, quality control, and R&D direction all cumulating in nearly a four-fold increase in revenues. As the Executive Vice President at the E-TEK Division, De Nora North America he managed operations, created a global brand, and expanded the organization’s fuel cell component business in Asia and Europe. Dr. De Castro has over 20 patent applications spanning fuel cell materials and catalysts, electrochemical technology, sensors, and a beer bottle cap that extends shelf life. He is the recipient of the 2013 Department of Energy Award for Manufacturing R&D in lowering the cost of gas diffusion electrodes and the 2005 ECS New Technology Award to E-TEK Division, for introducing and commercializing a new electrolysis technology. Emory De Castro received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati and a B.S. in Chemistry from Duke University.
Chris Kaskavelis Ph.D. – Chief Marketing Officer
Dr. Kaskavelis joined Advent recently as Chief Marketing Officer. He has been a seed investor in the company, an angel investor, and has served on its Board of Directors since the first day. He is a serial entrepreneur in the tech industry, and primarily digital marketing, with successful exits in both NASDAQ and London Stock Exchanges. He has designed and been responsible for enterprise software systems designed for Pratt & Whitney, Analog Devices, General Electric and Lucent Technologies in the areas of Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Production Scheduling. He holds a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management as well as an M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University, a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Business Economics from Brown University.
Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee, Chairman of the Advisory Board
Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (Northeastern University); where he has been since September of 1998. He also heads the newly created center for Renewable Energy Technology at Northeastern University and its subset the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP). His research on charge transfer dynamics at both two and three dimensional electrochemical interfaces encompasses materials development, in situ synchrotron spectroscopy and electro-analytical methods. In addition, new computational initiatives are in progress involving both molecular modeling and simulation of multiple electron scattering in the context of in situ synchrotron XANES method. Peer reviewed publication currently number 106, with an H-factor of 45. The current projects in the group include materials development for new electrocatalysts, polymer electrolyte membranes and high energy density (and capacity) cathode materials for aqueous and non-aqueous storage cells. Fundamental understanding of structure property relationships are in concert with applications. In this context two startup companies which the group helped found, Encite Corp, Burlington, MA and Protonex Corp., Westboro, MA are notable. In addition partnership with De Nora, and BASF, Proton Onsite, Ford Motor Co., Advent North America and Automotive Fuel Cell Corporation (Canada) are ongoing for developing a number of fuel cell and electrolyzer technologies. Federal funding comes from the Army Research Office, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research and National Institute of Technology-Advanced Technology Program.
Dr. Trent M. Molter,
Dr. Molter began his career at United Technologies, where he served as the focal point for technology transfer efforts related to an acquisition of General Electric’s business focused on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology. Dr. Molter maintained leadership roles in the development of PEM products for commercial hydrogen production, automotive power and fueling, space and military life support, aircraft environmental control, space propulsion, and naval power production. In 1996 Dr. Molter co-founded Proton Energy Systems to commercialize electrolyzers and fuel cells for industrial gas, transportation and energy applications. In the capacity of Senior Vice President -Technology and New Business, Dr. Molter was responsible for the development and implementation of new technology solutions for hydrogen production and fuel cell-based energy storage. He took an active role in business development, strategic planning, intellectual property management and company financing activities and was an active participant in the Company’s initial public offering in 2000. From this five-person startup in 1996, Dr. Molter helped to grow Proton to a public company with over 140 employees, $160 million in cash and a market capitalization of nearly $1 B within 5 years of company initiation. In 2007, Dr. Molter founded Sustainable Innovations, LLC to focus on the development of products for human sustainability. There he is focused on the development of a novel, large format electrochemical platform that supports hydrogen/halogen regenerative fuel cell technology for energy storage, efficient electrochemical hydrogen compression systems, and a novel means of converting CO2 to liquid fuels.
Dr. Prabhakar Singh
Dr. Prabhakar Singh holds the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Endowed Chair Professor position in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and also serves as the Director of the Fraunhofer Center for Energy Innovation (CEI) and the Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2) at the University of Connecticut. In this position, Professor Singh conducts research in advanced fuel cell energy conversion systems, functional materials, fuels and fuel processing, high temperature alloys and coatings, and novel synthesis techniques. He is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (2012), member of the Washington Academy of Science (2009), Fellow of National Association of Corrosion Engineers (Class of 2008), Fellow of American Ceramic Society (Class of 2003) and Fellow of ASM International (Class of 1998). Dr. Singh holds more than 50 US patents and trade secrets in fuel cell systems and their operation; advanced metallic and ceramic functional materials; manufacturing process optimization; catalysis and hydrocarbon fuel processing, hydrogen separation and electrical management of fuel cell systems.