Edward J. Dineen, Chief Executive Officer
“Natural gas is the most abundant pure-source hydrocarbon in the world and Siluria is the first company to come up with an economical, practical way to turn it into liquid fuels and chemicals. Siluria can lower costs for current manufacturers by integrating our technology into existing sites. We can provide a more capital- and cost-effective alternative to new capacity investments while expanding feedstock flexibility. And it can be economically implemented at smaller scale. The Siluria team is ready to bring this game-changing technology to market.”
Mr. Dineen was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of LS9, which develops biotechnology-based fuels and chemicals. Prior to joining LS9, Mr. Dineen spent 32 years with LyondellBasell, one of the world’s largest polymers, petrochemical and fuels companies where he was responsible for manufacturing, environmental, health and safety, business management and sales, research and development, supply and procurement and business finance. During his time at LyondellBasell Industries and its predecessor companies, he was directly involved in growing many of the fuels and chemicals businesses into global market leading positions. Mr. Dineen serves as a member of the LS9 Board of Directors and is also a member of the board of directors of Spartech, a U.S.-based plastics company with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of New York City, Mr. Dineen received his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union and Princeton University, respectively. He also holds a Master of Science in management from Drexel University.
Dr. Alex Tkachenko, President - EVP Fuels
"The opportunity to transition from oil to natural gas as the foundation of our daily lives is the greatest technical challenge of our generation. This material shift echoes the wood- to-coal transition in the 19th century, and coal-to-oil in the 20th. Ahead we face a bright industrial age that is more adaptive and innovative.”
Dr. Tkachenko joined Siluria in 2008 and is business co-founder of the company. He brings a unique combination of commercial and technical expertise to Siluria drawing upon deep, global experience in the the biotech and chemical engineering sectors. Prior to Siluria, Dr. Tkachenko was Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning of Hana Biosciences, Inc (NASDAQ: HNAB), a biopharmaceutical company focused on acquiring, developing, and commercializing innovative products to advance cancer care. Prior to joining Hana, Dr. Tkachenko was employed by Genentech, Inc., most recently as an Associate Director in its development organization, where he led the Companion Diagnostics initiative to maximize clinical benefit from Genentech’s therapeutics by improving patient selection and trial design. Dr. Tkachenko earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Earlier, Dr. Tkachenko served as a squad leader in the Soviet Army and completed a tour of combat duty in Afghanistan.
Dr. Erik Scher, Vice President – Research & Development
“Solving a difficult problem with a multi-disciplinary approach is extremely gratifying for any scientist or engineer. At Siluria, we combine recent advances in biotechnology, nanomaterials synthesis, high-throughput screening, and chemical engineering – applying them together to address an economically important need."
Dr. Scher was Siluria’s second employee and oversees the company’s research and development and engineering groups. He is responsible for developing a commercial process based upon the combination of Siluria's catalyst, reactor, and process technologies. Prior to joining the Siluria team, Dr. Scher ran several engineering groups at Kovio Inc, including the process engineering and tool development groups that were responsible for Kovio’s pilot processes. Prior to Kovio, Dr. Scher was the first technical hire at Nanosys in Palo Alto upon its founding in early 2002, most recently serving as the program manager for Nanosys’ materials and photovoltaics efforts. Dr. Scher earned his Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley under the tutelage of Prof. A. Paul Alivisatos, now the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. For his work in nanocomposite materials, Dr. Scher was selected as one of MIT Technology Review’s Top 100 Innovators under the age of 35. He holds over 35 issued patents and has over 50 patent applications in process.
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.
Matthew Murphy, Vice President - Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property
“The possibility of making natural gas a real alternative to petroleum is truly compelling in its potential to dramatically shift the economic and geopolitical paradigm of a world skewed by the supremacy of oil. Siluria’s technology offers a dramatic leap forward in realizing that possibility, and does so in a way that is designed to be readily integrated into the existing operating framework of the petrochemical and gas industries.”
Mr. Murphy joined Siluria in September of 2012 as our Vice President of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property. He is responsible for managing the legal functions for the company as well as planning and implementing company intellectual property strategy. Mr. Murphy has spent the past twenty years counseling and leading the legal operations of technology companies through all aspects of their growth from start-up to commercialization, public offerings, and international expansion. He has extensive experience in both private and public corporate financing, complex strategic and commercial transactions, intellectual property strategy and litigation, and corporate governance. Prior to joining Siluria, Mr. Murphy was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Pacific Biosciences, a third generation nucleic acid sequencing company that developed and commercialized a single molecule real time DNA sequencing technology. Prior to that he was Vice President, Legal Affairs for Nanosys, a nanomaterials technology development company. Before Nanosys, Mr. Murphy was Vice President of Intellectual Property at Caliper Technologies, a microfluidic products company (now a division of Perkin Elmer, Inc.).
Rahul Iyer, Senior Director of 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 Senior Director 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 acquired by Intelligent Energy, a UK-based company known for its compact Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells. 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.
Sam Weinberger, Executive Advisor
“After decades in the chemical industry I can say with confidence that commercially viable methane activation was a veritable ‘holy grail’. Every major chemical company has sought the direct, economic one-step conversion of natural gas to ethylene. I am excited to be on the team that has finally made it happen.”
Mr. Weinberger serves as Business Development Advisor for Siluria. In this role, he is forging strategic partnerships to deploy the company’s breakthrough technology for economic, energy-efficient chemical and fuels production, as well as leading the team engineering a plant for the first commercial deployment of the technology.
Mr. Weinberger served 32 years with ExxonMobil in professional, management and executive positions of increasing responsibility, including 10 years as the business manager for the multi-billion dollar North American ethylene business. In his culminating position with ExxonMobil, Mr. Weinberger served as Vice President of a joint venture with the leading petrochemical concern in China. During his time between ExxonMobil and Siluria, Sam acted as an independent consultant, advising well-known clients in North America, China, Europe and South America, including Petrochina, Braskem, Yangzi Petrochemical and Nova Corunna. Mr. Weinberger earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in chemical engineering from Columbia University, and is a licensed professional engineer (PE).