Innovation is at the core of who we are.

We are a diverse team of innovators with expertise in computational modeling, predictive analytics, material design, scale-up, hardware system integration, and manufacturing – all focused on designing next-generation products that unlock value for our customers and partners. Our rich technical depth is complemented by a team of seasoned executives with a track record of commercializing technology platforms which provide the foundation for future growth.

Selected Profiles

Benjamin Hernandez
Benjamin Hernandez
Dr. Omar Farha
Dr. Omar Farha
Dr. Jose Arno
Dr. Jose Arno
Dr. Glenn Tom
Dr. Glenn Tom
Benjamin Hernandez

Benjamin Hernandez

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder

Ben is the CEO of NuMat and a member of the board of directors. In this role, he is responsible for managing the rapid scale-up of NuMat’s application platform and all other aspects of the business. An engineer by training, he also received graduate degrees in law and business at Northwestern University. Prior to NuMat, Ben was an operations professional at a global private equity and venture capital firm with over $30 B in invested capital. In this capacity, he led board-level strategy, operations, and human capital initiatives at material technology companies to drive enterprise growth. He has also worked as a management consultant at a top-tier firm and as an engineer in the aerospace defense industry.

Dr. Omar Farha

Dr. Omar Farha

Chief Science Officer, Co-founder

Omar is the CSO of NuMat and a member of the board of directors. In this role, he oversees material development strategies and key technical initiatives. Omar is a thought leader in the field of ultra-high-performing porous materials for gas storage, separation, catalysis, and sensing. He has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and was recognized as a “top 1%” most cited chemist in the world by Thomas Reuters. His research accomplishments and inventions have been highlighted by numerous organizations including Chemical & Engineering News, Chemistry World, Chemistry Views, Science, Nature, Nature Chemistry, Fortune Magazine, and many others. In addition to NuMat, Omar is a Research Professor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Jose Arno

Dr. Jose Arno

Chief Technology Officer

Jose is an accomplished technology and R&D leader with extensive experience in the gas, electronics material, and defense industries. He has a proven record of inventing, developing, and scaling up a number of commercially successful products related to advanced gas and materials delivery systems, pollution control equipment, and chemical detection instrumentation. Throughout his career, Jose has authored 37 technical publications and holds 40 US patents for diverse applications. At NuMat, he leads the technology organization and provides the strategic vision that drives the technology and product development roadmaps. Prior to NuMat, Jose was the R&D Director at ATMI (later acquired by Entegris, NASDAQ: ENTG), Senior RD&E Director at Smiths Detection, and Vice President of Technology at NexPlanar (later acquired by Cabot Microelectronics, NASDAQ: CCMP). He received B.S. degrees in both chemistry and physics, and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Glenn Tom

Dr. Glenn Tom

Product Leader & Technical Fellow

Glenn is widely recognized as an expert in the development of next-generation gas storage, separation, and purification products, holding more than 80 U.S. patents and developing the technology used in two-thirds of all point-of-use specialty gas purifiers installed globally. At NuMat, he is responsible for developing and launching new products. Prior to NuMat, Glenn co-founded ATMI, which was acquired for $1.1B by Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG). At ATMI, Glenn served as Chief Scientist, Vice President of Research and Development, and Technical Fellow. Prior to ATMI, Glenn spent nine years at Hercules Corporation, a major chemicals manufacturer acquired by Ashland (NYSE: ASH). He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Stanford University and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago.

John Jeanneret
John Jeanneret
Volker Heilmann
Volker Heilmann
Patrick Fuller
Patrick Fuller
Dr. Mitch Weston
Dr. Mitch Weston
John Jeanneret

John Jeanneret

Business Development Leader

John is a senior business development executive with over 35 years of experience in managing and structuring global alliances, strategic partnerships, and development agreements in the advanced materials, industrial technology, and oil & gas sectors. Prior to NuMat, John served as a Business Director at UOP, a Honeywell Company and a market leader in adsorbent and catalyst technology. In this role, he successfully launched new products and businesses, managing R&D, marketing, sales, and manufacturing resources in a high-growth, rapid scale-up environment. He also served as UOP’s Director of Open Innovation & Alliances, where he managed an extensive global portfolio of strategic alliances, partnerships, and research collaborations. John is a chemical engineer by training and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Volker Heilmann

Volker Heilmann

General Manager, Sales & Marketing Leader

Volker is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in global sales, marketing, business development, and general management roles within the chemicals and specialty gas industry. His experience ranges from scaling start-ups through exit to launching high-growth products and managing teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Prior to NuMat, Volker was a Senior Vice President at Matheson TriGas, a global leader in the gas industry and a member of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. In this role, he led highly profitable business units responsible for manufacturing and marketing material-enabled strategic products. As part of this effort, Volker directly led sales and qualification efforts, setup, and management of indirect sales and distribution channels. Volker received a degree in Industrial Business Management in Frankfurt, Germany.

Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller

Engineering, Computational

Patrick leads process control, computational modeling, and product design at NuMat. He is also responsible for key intellectual property and strategic partner technical initiatives, and has several patents and publications to his name. With degrees in both chemical engineering and finance, Patrick brings a unique combination of skills to team. He has received design awards for the development of novel gas purification systems, and is active in business development. He has developed expertise in computer systems through a lifelong passion for automation, and has created software used by multiple Fortune 500 companies and research institutions.

Dr. Mitch Weston

Dr. Mitch Weston

Chemistry, Applications Development

Mitch is an expert in the rational design, synthesis, and characterization of porous materials. At NuMat, he oversees the design and synthesis of novel material structures and their integration into adsorption systems. As a synthetic chemist, his prior research focused on developing new porous materials useful for gas storage, heterogeneous catalysis, and chemical separation applications.

Dr. Paul Siu
Dr. Paul Siu
William Hoover
William Hoover
Rachelle Richardson
Rachelle Richardson
Dr. William Morris
Dr. William Morris
Dr. Paul Siu

Dr. Paul Siu

Chemistry, Applications Development

Paul is an expert in the design of ultra-high-performing porous materials. He brings years of synthetic chemistry experience in various applications, including flame-retardants and plastics. At NuMat, he oversees the design and synthesis of novel materials. Prior to this, he was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry focused on drug discovery, and also worked as a chemist in a global polymer company focused on catalyst discovery. Paul also served as member of the Canadian Medical Reserve.

William Hoover

William Hoover

Chemistry

Bill supports the synthesis and scale-up of novel porous materials at NuMat. He also focuses on new production capabilities, developing innovative methods to scale and automate porous sorbent synthesis. Prior to this, he worked at the FDA, where he developed analytical procedures for the rapid detection of drug contamination.

Rachelle Richardson

Rachelle Richardson

Chemistry

Rachelle supports the design and synthesis of novel porous materials at NuMat. Previously, she worked at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, researching a derivative of a plant starch for use as a potential anti-malarial drug. She also worked as a research assistant at Xavier University, where she researched anti-cancer nano-therapeutic drugs.

Dr. William Morris

Dr. William Morris

Chemistry, Applications Development

William dedicates his time at NuMat to the synthesis of novel porous frameworks for variety of gas adsorption applications. He brings multiple years of experience to NuMat from his Ph.D. work in the laboratory of Professor Omar Yaghi. During his Ph.D., he worked on the synthesis, characterization, and postmodification of metal-organic frameworks and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks. Following his Ph.D., he spent two years at Northwestern, where he developed skills in lithography, nanoparticle synthesis, and DNA-mediated assembly.

Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie Rodriguez
Lydia Thurman
Lydia Thurman
Roberto Flores
Roberto Flores
Owen Lumsden
Owen Lumsden
Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Chemistry

Stephanie supports the synthesis and characterization of novel porous materials at NuMat. Prior to joining the team, Stephanie carried out research, where she compared metabolic enzymes from organisms undergoing harsh conditions such as starvation. She also discussed important topics in chemistry on a journaling web-log.

Lydia Thurman

Lydia Thurman

Business Development

Lydia supports a variety of commercialization activities and strategic initiatives at NuMat. She has a B.S. in physics, and prior to joining the team worked in consulting at Bain & Company. In this capacity, she worked across a range of industries, gaining experience in private equity, due diligence, go-to-market strategy and implementation, and mergers and integrations.

Roberto Flores

Roberto Flores

Engineering, Manufacturing

Bob’s expertise lies in the commercial scale-up of novel porous materials, as well as management of current and new production processes. He joins NuMat from UOP, a Honeywell company, with over a decade of experience in zeolite synthesis, catalyst development, and new manufacturing technologies. While at UOP, he successfully commercialized multiple products for the petrochemical and water treatment industries.

Owen Lumsden

Owen Lumsden

Manufacturing

Owen is a manufacturing specialist at NuMat Technologies. Here, he is responsible for filling and testing cylinders, as well as the construction of equipment utilized in the manufacturing process. He has a degree in CNC machining, and his extensive experience in the field brings focused manufacturing expertise to the team. Previously, he assembled and calibrated flow meters for applications ranging from energy to defense.

Board

William Kroll
William Kroll
Jay Collins
Jay Collins
Jeff Klunzinger
Jeff Klunzinger
Luka Erceg
Luka Erceg
William Kroll

William Kroll

Bill is the Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Matheson TriGas, a global leader in the gas industry. During his executive tenure at Matheson, Bill oversaw global businesses for industrial, medical, specialty, and electronic gases, as well as gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering, and gas management services. Prior to Matheson, he served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Emcore, where he was instrumental in taking that company public. Bill also serves as a lead director at Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group (TYO: 4091), the largest Japanese supplier of industrial gases and one of the five largest suppliers of industrial, specialty, and electronic gases in the world.

Jay Collins

Jay Collins

Jay served as the CEO and President of Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII), a global oilfield provider of robotics, engineered services, and products primarily to the offshore and gas industry. Jay serves as a director of Oceaneering, Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR), Nautronix Group, Pason Systems (TSE: PSI), the American Productivity and Quality Center, and Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association. He also serves on the Rice University board of trustees, and as chairman of the council of overseers of the Jones graduate school of business.

Jeff Klunzinger

Jeff Klunzinger

Jeff is the Managing Director of the OS Fund, a venture fund dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs who are working on advancements that are fundamental to the future of humanity. Previous to OS Fund, Jeff was the CEO of BRJ Ventures and also a founding member and CFO of West Family Investments.

Luka Erceg

Luka Erceg

Luka was founder, President, and CEO of Simbol Materials, where he led the company through $75+ million in capital raised, an international marketing agreement, permitting of two commercial chemical plants in California, and other key activities. He brings 14+ years of transaction advisory experience predominantly in the energy and energy technology sectors. Prior to founding Simbol Materials, Luka was engaged in private transactions related to oil and gas field telemetry, petroleum marketing and coal gasification. Earlier in his career, he was Director of Strategic Development for CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) where he completed acquisitions of an oil and gas field telemetry business, intellectual property licensing, and pipeline and gas gathering system transactions.

Amy Francetic
Amy Francetic
Amy Francetic

Amy Francetic

Board Observer

Amy is a high-technology executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of management experience spanning startup companies, private equity, research, and Fortune 500 corporations. She is currently the Senior Vice President of New Ventures and Corporate Affairs at Invenergy, the largest independently owned renewable energy developer in the world (wind, natural gas, solar, battery storage). Previously, Amy founded and was the CEO of Clean Energy Trust, a nonprofit organization in Chicago whose mission is to accelerate the development of clean energy technologies and businesses in the greater Midwest through direct investment and new technology incubation.

Advisors

Bill Noglows
Bill Noglows
Richard Penning
Richard Penning
Prof. Christopher Wilmer
Prof. Christopher Wilmer
Prof. Randall Snurr
Prof. Randall Snurr
Bill Noglows

Bill Noglows

Bill is the Executive Chairman and former President and CEO of of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: CCMP), the leading global supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries and a CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. Previously, Bill served in various management positions at Cabot Corporation from 1984 to 2003 and is a 23-year veteran of the specialty chemical industry, with an emphasis on meeting the demanding requirements of the technology industry on a global basis. Bill is a Director of Littelfuse and Aspen Aerogels.

Richard Penning

Richard Penning

Strategy, Engineering

As a 30-year veteran of technology organizations, Mr. Penning creates and builds science-based businesses. He guides companies in business strategy, organizational development, and work processes. His experience includes senior executive positions at two leading global technology licensing organizations, as well as consulting engagements for industry, academia, and governments spanning the energy, chemicals, and materials industries. As head of the ventures group at a major corporation, he launched a venture company in hydrogen generation and launched biofuels initiatives at two corporations. He has led development of multi-billion-dollar projects, provided expert opinions in intellectual property issues, and guided organizations in business strategy, technology development, valuation, and deployment.

Prof. Christopher Wilmer

Prof. Christopher Wilmer

Computational, Co-founder

Chris is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, having earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University. An expert in advanced computational modeling, Chris was named to the “30 under 30 in Energy” list at Forbes Magazine. He was additionally honored as a “top solver” by InnoCentive, being amongst the top 16 individuals out of over 200,000 globally in the submission of innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

Prof. Randall Snurr

Prof. Randall Snurr

Computational

Randy Snurr is a professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests include development of new nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications, molecular simulation, adsorption separations, diffusion in nanoporous materials, and catalysis. Professor Snurr is a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and has served on the editorial boards of Adsorption, Adsorption Science and Technology, Chemistry of Materials, Current Nanoscience, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, and Catalysis Communications. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Prof. Joseph Hupp
Prof. Joseph Hupp
Prof. Joseph Hupp

Prof. Joseph Hupp

Chemistry

Joe is a professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, and also holds an appointment as a Senior Science Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in the Division of Materials Science and in the Division of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. His research centers on energy-relevant materials chemistry, including chemical separations, chemical catalysis, and high-capacity storage and release of molecular hydrogen, much of it in collaboration with Professor Randall Snurr and his research team. Joe serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and has received multiple awards for his work. He has mentored 50 students to Ph.D. completion, advised roughly 70 postdoctoral research fellows, and currently runs a lab of over two dozen researchers.