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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.

Joseph Hartvigsen

VP Engineering


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."

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.

Dr. S. Elango Elangovan

VP Development


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.

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.

Dennis Larsen

Technical Operations Manager


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

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.

Tyler Hafen

Materials Science Engineer


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

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.

Evan Mitchell



Evan Mitchell received his B.S. Chemical Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a focus on Pulp and Paper Engineering. While a student, Evan captained a design team of student artists and engineers, which competed in DOE’s Energy Challenge 2004.

Evan Mitchell is involved in the final installation and performance testing for Stack evaluation at OxEon Energy. His work is focused on design, operation, & maintenance of testing equipment and data surrounding SOEC & SOFC stacks. Evan has extensive experience in laboratory operation, electrical design, electrical fabrication & troubleshooting, and in a variety of scales of chemical process operations and development.

Don Claus

Chemical Engineer


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.

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.

Piotr Czernichowski

Plasma and Synfuel Research Engineer

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.

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.

Ask an OxEon expert about:

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