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MEET THE OXEON TEAM

The OxEon Energy team has 30 years of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC/SOEC) development and a diverse background of chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, mechanical engineering, and skilled technicians.

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Dr. S. Elango Elangovan

VP Development

Elango is responsible for solid oxide device development to meet current and future customer and market needs. He has over 30 years of technology management experience in the field of electrochemical ceramic membrane technology focusing on solid oxide fuel cell, solid oxide electrolysis devices and hydrogen transport membranes. He has directed numerous government and privately supported projects in these areas. He is also the lead scientist in materials development to improve performance and lifetime of these devices.


He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Materials Science and Engineering, his M.S. from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.S. from the Indian Institute of Science.

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Dennis Larsen

Technical Operations Manager

Dennis is involved in the ceramic process development and manufacturing of SOFC and SOEC components at OxEon Energy. He has over 25 years of engineering experience with 24 of that working with SOFC and SOEC components and devices, and has expertise in cell and stack development and testing. He has hands on experience in screen printing, ink processing, and stack fabrication, and has built over 500 SOFC/SOEC stacks. He has been an influential member of many cross functional teams, including one which successfully developed stackable screen printed co-fired SOFC cells.


Dennis received his BS in Materials Science and Engineering from University of Utah with an emphasis in polymer and composite materials.

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Tyler Hafen

Materials Science Engineer

Tyler is a hands-on researcher involved in the development and characterization of various materials at OxEon Energy. His work focuses on ceramic powder processing for fuel cell electrodes and interconnect coatings but is also experienced with catalysts and hydrogen membrane materials.


Tyler received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah with a focus on ceramic materials and computational methods.

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David Burkhardt

Quality Assurance Engineer

David Burkhardt received his Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Utah and has been working with the OxEon team since his junior year at the University. David has been key to maintaining the quality and process documentation standards required by many of OxEon’s customers such as JPL/NASA. In addition to managing the quality and documentation of projects, David has found versatility in the lab space assembling test fixtures, improving fuel cell production metrics, and performing regular quality inspections.


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Joseph Hartvigsen

VP Engineering

Entering the solid oxide systems field from a defense aerospace simulation background, Joe's work was initially focused on detailed multi-physics simulations of SOFC stacks. He also applies analytical models to stack operation and ceramic manufacturing processes used in the fabrication of fuel cell components.


Joe earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University and his M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University of Science and Technology. His graduate research was conducted at the Ames Laboratory of the DOE on the topic of "The preparation of silicon nitride by pyrolysis of iminopolysilanes."

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Piotr Czernichowski

Plasma and Synfuel Research Engineer

Piotr is responsible for process instrumentation and data acquisition and is OxEon’s resident GC specialist. He is responsible for method development for the plasma reformers and synfuel pilot operations, and is an asset in the implementation of test stand improvements for stack testing.


Piotr received his Bachelors in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from the University of Orleans in France. He also has extensive training in gas chromatography from the Engineering University of Nancy, in France.
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Abel Gomez

Mechanical Engineer

Abel received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah with an emphasis in manufacturing. Abel’s primary duties have focused on the design and production of the mechanical parts OxEon needs for its various technologies. Abel’s expertise in solid model designs and the creation of detailed manufacturing drawings makes him an essential team member for all of OxEon’s technologies. Abel works closely with OxEon’s senior engineers, scientists, and manufacturing partners to help move from the concept of an idea to the finished product.


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Megan Adams

Materials Science Engineer

Megan is a recent graduate from the University of Utah where she received a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and the newest member of the OxEon team. During her time as a student, she participated in several energy related research projects, focusing primarily on continuum level modeling of Lithium ion batteries. Currently, Megan is involved in the research and development of innovative ceramic powders for OxEon’s always improving fuel cell electrodes. She also assists in the synthesis and development of catalyst for the Fischer Tropsch process.


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Lyman Frost

Chief Executive Officer

Lyman is currently the CEO of OxEon Energy. He previously worked as Director of Business Development for a division of CoorsTek. Through 2007, Mr. Frost worked at the Idaho National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy Laboratory as Director of Alternate Fuels and Energy Systems and was responsible for development of programs in the area of hydrogen, fuel cells, and fossil energy. Prior to the work at the Idaho National Laboratory, Mr. Frost worked for McDermott Incorporated where he managed the corporate portion of its R&D program and managed a patent portfolio of ~4500 patents. Mr.


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Don Claus

Chemical Engineer

Don is involved in the Non-Thermal Plasma Reforming and Fischer Tropsch processes for the production of liquid fuels and chemical feedstocks at OxEon Energy. His work is focused on the scale up of our successful Fischer Tropsch catalyst and heat transfer systems along with the integration our efficient Non-Thermal Plasma Reforming units. Don has extensive experience in the gasification of various feedstocks.


Don received his bachelor of engineering physics with a concentration in chemical engineering from The University of Kansas and is focused on the scale up and commercialization of our successful Fischer Tropsch and Non-thermal Plasma processes, while supporting the stack build operations.

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Tim Madsen

Technician/ Machinist

Tim is an extremely talented technician here at OxEon. Tim has decades of first hand experience and knowledge working with and producing fuel cell and electrolysis stacks. From laser cutting electrolyte, programming glass dispensing robots, to the final stack assembly, Tim is involved in all parts of OxEon’s fuel cell and electrolysis stack production. Tim’s true strengths lie in his ability to learn to program and operate any machinery he is given a chance with.


Ask an OxEon Expert how we can help with:

  • Ruggedized Hermetic SOEC Stacks Hydrogen/Oxygen/Syngas Production (SOEC)
  • SOFC Stacks for Power Generation (SOFC)
  • Systems Development Support
  • Supporting Technologies for Liquid Fuel Production (Fischer Tropsch or Plasma Reformer Technologies)
 
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