MEET OUR TEAM

  • Andrew Marsden

    CEO

  • Ben Swan

    COO

  • Ceren Camur

    Scientist

  • David Fairen-Jimenez

    CSO

  • David Madden

    Senior Scientist

  • Denis O’Sullivan

    CTO

  • Ed Hackett 

    Programme Director

  • Graham Spencer

    CCO

  • Jogchum Brinksma

    Director

  • Kenneth Worthing

    Director

  • Nicholas Rice

    Senior Engineer

  • Nigel Roberts

    IP Director

  • Peyman Moghadam

    Computational Scientist

  • Robin Babu

    Scientist

  • Tara Slade

    Commercial Analyst

  • Tony Harris

    Director

Andrew Marsden

CEO

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.

Ben Swan

COO

Ben is responsible for driving Immaterial’s growth and overseeing the daily operation of the company. He graduated with a Master’s in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge before joining as the company’s first employee in 2016. He has received training from four accelerator programs and is qualified as a project manager. Ben leads on Immaterial’s funding strategy and coordinates a range of ongoing projects with partners, customers, and government bodies.

Ceren Camur

Scientist

Ceren is responsible for the design, synthesis and scale-up of MOFs at Immaterial. She recently completed her PhD in Materials Science at Autonomous University of Barcelona in Spain. She holds a MSc in Organic Chemistry and a BSc in Chemistry from the Bilkent University, Ankara. Her research is focused on the field of metal–organic nanomaterials with special interest in developing new synthetic pathways for the large-scale production of monolithic MOFs in green conditions.

David Fairen-Jimenez

CSO

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.

David Madden

Senior Scientist

David directs the materials development at Immaterial through rational design, synthesis and testing of novel materials. David has experience in inorganic chemistry synthesis (MOFs, silicas 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.

Denis O’Sullivan

CTO

Denis is the CTO and Engineering lead at Immaterial. He brings extensive experience from FMCG, Chemicals and Pharma. In 20+ years at Procter & Gamble, he led multifunctional teams on successful global projects, consulted on scale-up of new-to-the-world processes and led $-mn capability developments from ideation to delivery. He is passionate about coaching our next generation of engineers and scientists. He and the Engineering organisation focus on turning the innovations of our Science Team into great process solutions for our customers.

Ed Hackett 

Programme Director

Edward oversees the smooth delivery of Immaterial’s ongoing projects with partners, customers and funding agencies. Through his role advising on commercial strategy development and implementation, Edward works to maintain and advance Immaterial’s position at the forefront of its field. Edward recently completed his MBA at the Cambridge Judge Business School and holds an MEng in Mechanical Engineering and Business Finance from University College London and the London School of Economics where he researched the technological and economic viability of large-scale aerogel production. Prior to starting his MBA studies, Edward worked as a Programme Manager at General Dynamics where he led the company’s research and development programmes in addition to an international development and manufacturing portfolio.

Graham Spencer

CCO

Graham leads the commercial team, responsible for the strategic deployment of Immaterial’s technology, structuring partnerships, consortia and customer relationships. His background is in the commercialisation of early stage technology, particularly platform and advanced materials. Graham has been responsible for foundational agreements in diverse industrial sectors including advanced manufacturing, automotive, electronics, offshore and marine, and natural resources.

Jogchum Brinksma

Director

Jogchum is an entrepreneurial senior executive with a detailed experience in different industries, both large private and public corporations. 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 strategic challenges, in a capacity as Non-Executive Director or Advisor. His deep experience and relationships in energy markets support Immaterial in accelerating the commercial growth of the company.

Kenneth Worthing

Director

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.

Nicholas Rice

Senior Engineer

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​.

Nigel Roberts

IP Director

Nigel is a chemical engineer and former Research Fellow at Proctor & Gamble, with over 100 granted US and European patents. After a 26-year career at Proctor & Gamble, which included being a trainer for IP, 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 a Director of IP for Immaterial. Nigel is also a Visiting Fellow at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and Birmingham and a regular lecturer in innovation, design and powder process engineering.

Peyman Moghadam

Computational Scientist

Peyman is a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Prior to joining Sheffield, he was the head of the computational group at the Adsorption and Advanced Materials Lab at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh followed by a two-year postdoc at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has published 36 papers and his expertise is in the combination of high-throughput molecular simulations and big-data science for studying adsorption phenomena in advanced materials. Peyman models the performance of our MOFs to tailor them to our customer’s needs.

Robin Babu

Scientist

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.

Tara Slade

Commercial Analyst

Tara is a member of the commercial team at Immaterial, developing deployment opportunities for Immaterial’s technology. Her skills include market analysis and engagement, with a focus on establishing and developing commercial relationships across the Immaterial ecosystems. Tara recently completed her Masters in Natural Sciences as a scholar at the University of Cambridge.

Tony Harris

Director

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.

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