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Dr. Erik C. Scher
Interim Chief Executive Officer

“The country and the world are in the midst of transitioning from an oil driven economy to a gas based one. At Siluria, we are driving to make it a more efficient, cleaner, and economical transition for our partners, by bringing our technology to market with them. Whether in North America, or other parts of the world, our process benefits both producers and consumers of ethylene and fuels.”

With a background in chemistry and engineering, Dr. Erik Scher is a technology executive who is commercializing solutions to long-standing challenges in the chemical industry. At Siluria Technologies, he has been both an innovator and a leader in taking the company from a 2-person concept to an 75-person operation that is successfully proving their proprietary OCM and ETL processes at pilot and demonstration plants in California and Texas. A critical element to his success has been repeatedly identifying and building diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and commercial entrepreneurs who can find innovative yet practical solutions to the most pressing problems for the energy and petrochemical industries. Since earning his PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Scher has led efforts to develop novel materials and processes at three venture-backed energy companies over the last 14 years. He has built and managed organizations ranging from; basic R&D, catalyst scale-up, pilot and demonstration plant operations, and process engineering, to intellectual property, business development, and strategic partnerships. He is an inventor on over 50 issued patents, over 100 pending patent applications, and was recognized with the MIT Technology Review Top 100 Innovators Award in 2004. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Scher received his Bachelors in Chemistry from Rice University.

Jeffrey P. Wood
Chief Financial Officer

"The applications of Siluria's groundbreaking technology are wide-ranging and have the potential to change the energy landscape. Siluria is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the shale gas revolution to meet the world's growing energy needs in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner."

Mr. Wood joined Siluria in June of 2014 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for Siluria's financing strategies and manages the company's external communications, accounting and human resources functions. Prior to Siluria, Mr. Wood was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eagle Rock Energy Partners, a publicly-traded master limited partnership with upstream and midstream operations. Prior to Eagle Rock, Mr. Wood spent 11 years at Lehman Brothers Holdings, Inc. in a number of investment banking and investment management positions focused primarily on the midstream sector. Mr. Wood started his career in public accounting with Price Waterhouse LLP. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA from Baylor University.

Richard Black
Executive Vice President - Midstream  

“The Midstream Industry has mastered the technology of separating valuable liquid components from natural gas.  This ability to efficiently separate hydrocarbons coupled with the tremendous shale development is providing a renascence to the US Midstream and Petrochemical Industries.  Siluria’s revolutionary technology will allow it’s Midstream partners the ability to add ethylene and fuels to their core business in an environmentally friendly, scalable, repeatable and profitable manner using equipment currently deployed at gas processing sites.   This in turn will benefit consumers with additional affordable energy choices.” 
Mr. Black joined Siluria in September 2014 as Executive Vice President of Midstream.  He is responsible for leading Siluria’s effort to deploy its technologies and create businesses in the Midstream Industry.  Prior to Siluria, Mr. Black was Founder and Principal of Blackhawk Energy Consultants, a private consulting firm providing business development, marketing and contract negotiation expertise to the energy industry.  Prior to forming Blackhawk, Mr. Black spent 20 years at BP America and predecessor companies in expanding roles in engineering, operations, and business development including leading BP America’s business development for its Deepwater Gulf of Mexico hydrocarbon pipeline and processing infrastructure.  Mr. Black has a BS Mechanical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Rahul Iyer
Vice President - Corporate Development

“A flood of new fuel and chemical technologies will hit the market in the coming years, some with real potential to positively impact industry, customers, and the environment. Siluria has the ability to fundamentally change the heart of these industries with dramatic improvements in both economic and environmental performance. Our process technology is compatible with the scale of petrochemical infrastructure, and we produce truly fungible products from increasingly abundant raw materials.”

Mr. Iyer serves as Vice President of Corporate Development. With his experience navigating clean technology commercialization for multiple award-winning projects and companies, Mr. Iyer plays an instrumental role advancing Siluria’s strategy development and financing activities. Prior to Siluria, Mr. Iyer worked in clean energy for more than a decade co-founding multiple companies where he drove the commercialization of new technologies. Most recently, Mr. Iyer co-founded and served as Chief Strategy Officer of Primafuel, a waste-to-chemicals company recognized in 2008 by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer. Previously, he co-founded a fuel cell technology company, which became Intelligent Energy (IEH) now traded on the London Stock Exchange. At Intelligent Energy, he supported financing efforts, the development of the ENV Fuel Cell Motorcycle (recognized by Time and Popular Science as one of the Best Inventions of 2005) and helped develop projects with the World Bank, US Department of Defense, and US Department of Energy. Mr. Iyer is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering.

Guido Radaelli
Vice President - Engineering 

“Developing catalytic technologies that can directly convert natural gas, one of the most abundant and available resources worldwide, into fuels and chemicals has long been an extremely challenging proposition from both a technical and a commercial standpoint. The fact that Siluria has reached such a degree of demonstration with its breakthrough technologies creates a unique opportunity for the rapid and broad deployment into a variety of markets. I am excited to be a part of this world class effort and to play a key role in the scale-up and commercialization of the company’s proprietary processes.”

Mr. Radaelli joined Siluria in January of 2013. He manages Siluria’s engineering team and leads the technology scale-up efforts. Mr. Radaelli has over 15 years of both domestic and international experience in process development and the commercialization new technologies in both renewable fuels and petrochemicals. He previously served as Vice President of Engineering for Aurora BioFuels Inc. Prior to Aurora, he worked for Casale Group. He started his career in Casale's Process Engineering Department, where he developed expertise across all aspects of chemical plant design. He also led Casale's R&D department. During his time at Casale Group, Mr. Radaelli directed interdisciplinary teams, managed multi-million dollar R&D projects and partnered with leading academic institutions and engineering companies. He holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business and an MS with honors in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico of Milan in Italy. 

Gary Koehler
Vice President - Operations

“Siluria is building a portfolio of abundant natural gas based technologies which will change the future of the largest production volume chemicals in the world. The Siluria team is coupling together talent, novel catalysts and reconfigured process technology that align with feedstock and market opportunities in revolutionary, exciting, and value adding ways.”

Gary Koehler has nearly 4 decades of experience in the chemicals industry having been Director of Engineering Services for LyondellBasell, Director of Chemicals and Fuels Research and Development for Lyondell, and led 4 different locations as Site Manager for ARCO Chemical, Equistar and Lyondell. He graduated as a chemical engineer from the Pennsylvania State University and has worked in numerous process technologies from basic petrochemicals to intermediate chemical, specialties and polymer products. He has led scale-up of several novel manufacturing systems and is strongly committed to process safety and excellence in operations.


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