Chief Executive Officer
Robert Trout joined Siluria in September of 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He is a seasoned energy industry executive with thirty years of experience and a track record of leading multiple organizations to year-on–year performance improvements. Mr. Trout has held numerous global roles in executive management, strategic planning, commercial and business development, strategic projects, operations, and corporate governance. Prior to joining Siluria, Mr. Trout was President of Criterion Catalysts & Technologies, an independent technology company owned by Royal Dutch Shell. Prior to this role, he held a number of senior leadership positions within the Shell Group including President of CRI Catalyst Company, and Vice President of Strategic Projects for the Projects &Technology and Chemicals divisions. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Zeolyst International as well as a member of numerous boards of directors of affiliated companies of the Shell Group. Mr. Trout holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University as well as completion of The Marketing Management Program at Columbia University and The Management MBA Program at Rice University.
Dr. Erik C. Scher
Chief Operations Officer
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, taking the company from a two-person concept to a 75-person operation that is successfully proving their proprietary OCM and natural gas conversion processes at pilot and demonstration plants in California and Texas. A critical element to his success has been building diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and commercial entrepreneurs well-positioned to discover innovative yet practical solutions to the most pressing challenges in 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 and commercialize novel technologies at three venture-backed energy companies over the last 15 years. He has built and managed technology organizations, including R&D, catalyst scale-up, pilot engineering, plant operations, and process engineering, as well as led commercial teams spanning intellectual property, business development, licensing, project development, and strategic partnerships. He is an inventor on over 50 issued patents, over 100 pending patent applications, and was recognized as a MIT Technology Review Top 100 Innovator in 2004. Prior to his PhD, Dr. Scher received his Bachelors in Chemistry from Rice University.
Executive Vice President - Midstream
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.
Vice President - Corporate Development
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.
Vice President - Engineering
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.
Vice President - Operations
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.