We are a diverse team of innovators with expertise in computational modeling, predictive analytics, material design, scale-up, system integration, and manufacturing – all focused on designing next-generation products that unlock value for our customers and partners. Our rich technical depth is complemented by a team of seasoned executives with a track record of commercializing technology platforms which provide the foundation for future growth.

Selected Profiles

Edwin Argueta

Edwin Argueta

Process Engineer

Edwin supports pilot lab operation and process modeling initiatives at NuMat. Prior to joining the team, Edwin completed his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering at Northwestern University. Before NuMat, Edwin worked with the Snurr Lab to develop a novel charge-assigning method to improve the accuracy of MOF simulations.

Dr. Jose Arno

Dr. Jose Arno

Chief Technology Officer

Jose is a technology and R&D leader with extensive experience in the specialty gas, electronics materials (delivery, sensing and abatement), and defense industries. He has a proven record of inventing, developing, and scaling up a number of commercially successful products related to advanced gas and materials delivery, pollution control, chemical sensing and detection instrumentation. He specializes in building technology teams and product development processes aligned with the size and needs of a growing organization. Throughout his career, Jose has authored 45 technical publications and holds 40 US patents for diverse applications. At NuMat, he leads the technology organization and provides the strategic vision that drives the technology and product development roadmaps. Prior to NuMat, Jose was the R&D Director at ATMI (later acquired by Entegris, NASDAQ:ENTG), Senior RD&E Director at Smiths Detection, and Vice President of Technology at NexPlanar (later acquired by Cabot Microelectronics, NASDAQ: CCMP). He received B.S. degrees in both chemistry and physics, and a PhD in physical chemistry from Texas A&M University.

Jeff Chabot

Jeff Chabot

Director, Operations & Manufacturing Technology

Jeff directs NuMat’s manufacturing operations and executes facility upgrades, improving coordination among the other areas of our organization.  He also designs and implements quality management systems and ensures that NuMat’s manufacturing facilities are operated in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 standards.  Prior to joining NuMat, Jeff was a Plant Manager at Praxair and Production & Engineering Manager with Aleris, responsible for managing day-to-day manufacturing, compliance, and process improvement.

Dr. Omar Farha

Dr. Omar Farha

Chief Science Officer, Co-founder

Omar K. Farha is a co-founder and CSO of NuMat Technologies, an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University and associate editor for American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors including the Royal Society of Chemistry “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award and the American Chemical Society “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. Northwestern's Department of Chemistry also established "The Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership," which is awarded annually to a researcher in the department for stewardship, cooperation, and leadership. Omar has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, holds 14 patents, and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” every year from 2014 to 2018.

Roberto Flores

Roberto Flores

Process Development Specialist

Bob’s expertise lies in the commercial scale-up of novel porous materials, as well as management of current and new production processes. He joins NuMat from UOP, a Honeywell company, with over a decade of experience in zeolite synthesis, catalyst development, and new manufacturing technologies. While at UOP, he successfully commercialized multiple products for the petrochemical and water treatment industries.

Patrick Fuller

Patrick Fuller

Director of Engineering

As director of engineering, Patrick is responsible for transitioning promising technologies to viable real-world solutions. Combining engineering and business backgrounds with a lifelong passion for sustainability, Patrick manages the development and implementation of novel environmental filtration technologies. Patrick has received awards for designing air and water purifiers, published numerous research papers and patents, and is an active advocate for open-source scientific software.

Volker Heilmann

Volker Heilmann

General Manager, Sales & Marketing Leader

Volker has over 25 years of experience in global sales, marketing, business development, and general management roles within the chemicals and specialty gas industry. His experience ranges from scaling start-ups through exit to launching high-growth products and managing teams in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Prior to joining NuMat, Volker was a Senior Vice President at Matheson TriGas, a global leader in the gas industry and a member of Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation. In this role, he led highly profitable business units responsible for manufacturing and marketing material-enabled strategic products. As part of this effort, Volker directly led sales and qualification efforts, setup, and management of indirect sales and distribution channels. Volker received a degree in Industrial Business Management in Frankfurt, Germany.

Benjamin Hernandez

Benjamin Hernandez

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder

Ben is the CEO of NuMat and a member of the board of directors. In this role, he is responsible for managing the rapid scale-up of NuMat’s application platform and all other aspects of the business. An engineer by training, he also received graduate degrees in law and business at Northwestern University. Prior to NuMat, Ben was an operations professional at a global private equity and venture capital firm with over $30 B in invested capital. In this capacity, he led board-level strategy, operations, and human capital initiatives at material technology companies to drive enterprise growth. He has also worked as a management consultant at a top-tier firm and as an engineer in the aerospace defense industry.

William Hoover

William Hoover

Quality Specialist, Senior Chemist

Bill supports manufacturing quality initiatives, building and maintaining adherence to the ISO9001:2015 standards that drive NuMat's products. He also supports the synthesis and scale-up of novel porous materials at NuMat. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Northwestern University.

John Jeanneret

John Jeanneret

Business Development Leader

John is a senior business development executive with over 35 years of experience in managing and structuring global alliances, strategic partnerships, and development agreements in the advanced materials, industrial technology, and oil & gas sectors. Prior to NuMat, John served as a Business Director at UOP, a Honeywell Company and a market leader in adsorbent and catalyst technology. In this role, he successfully launched new products and businesses, managing R&D, marketing, sales, and manufacturing resources in a high-growth, rapid scale-up environment. He also served as UOP’s Director of Open Innovation & Alliances, where he managed an extensive global portfolio of strategic alliances, partnerships, and research collaborations. John is a chemical engineer by training and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Director of Administration

Jill Johnson works with the CEO and senior level management to execute on NuMat’s key initiatives. She is responsible for administrative functions, including managing day-to-day operations, accounting processes, and marketing projects, and acts as the main organizational contact for vendors, regulatory agents, and other key relationships. Prior to NuMat, Jill worked at Northwestern University for over nine years. Her most recent position was with the Department of Chemistry serving at the Associate Director for Administration.

Owen Lumsden

Owen Lumsden

Manufacturing

Owen is a Manufacturing Specialist at NuMat Technologies. His main responsibilities include moving MOF along in the production process, filling, and testing cylinders. Prior to his hire at NuMat in 2017, Owen worked in industries ranging from construction to manufacturing. He uses the variety of skills that he obtained in previous positions to assist in building equipment at Numat that will help to streamline the overall manufacturing process.

Dr. William Morris

Dr. William Morris

Director of Applied R&D

William leads the chemistry team, carrying out a wide range of research and development tasks in the area of gas storage, separations, and catalysis, identifying porous materials for applications and evaluating product feasibility. He is also engaged in several strategic partnerships with government and industry sponsors. Prior to NuMat, William completed his Ph.D. work in the laboratory of Professor Omar Yaghi where he worked on the synthesis, characterization, and postmodification of metal-organic frameworks and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks. Following his Ph.D., he spent two years at Northwestern, where he developed skills in lithography, nanoparticle synthesis, and DNA-mediated assembly.

Rachelle Richardson

Rachelle Richardson

Senior Chemist

Rachelle supports the design and synthesis of novel porous materials at NuMat. Previously, she worked at the Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, researching a derivative of a plant starch for use as a potential anti-malarial drug. She also worked as a research assistant at Xavier University, where she researched anti-cancer nano-therapeutic drugs.

Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Senior Formation Engineer

Stephanie supports the synthesis and characterization of novel porous materials at NuMat. Prior to joining the team, Stephanie carried out research, where she compared metabolic enzymes from organisms undergoing harsh conditions such as starvation. She also discussed important topics in chemistry on a journaling web-log.

John Siegfried

John Siegfried

Director of Engineering

As Director of Engineering, John is responsible for system-level design and product development. Prior to joining NuMat, John worked at UOP, a Honeywell company, where he contributed to the commercialization of multiple process technologies in the refining and petrochemical sector as a technical service engineer. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Northwestern University.

Dr. Paul Siu

Dr. Paul Siu

Director of Applied R&D

Paul directs the application development at NuMat through rational design and testing of novel materials. He brings years of synthetic chemistry experience in various applications, including flame-retardants and plastics. Prior to this, he was a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry focused on drug discovery and has also worked as a chemist in a global polymer company focused on catalyst discovery. Paul also serves as NuMat's Quality Compliance Manager, ensuring products meet both external and internal requirements.

Dr. Glenn Tom

Dr. Glenn Tom

Vice President of Technology

Glenn is widely recognized as an expert in the development of next-generation gas storage, separation, and purification products, holding more than 90 U.S. patents and developing the technology used in two-thirds of all point-of-use specialty gas purifiers installed globally. At NuMat, he is responsible for developing and launching new products. Prior to NuMat, Glenn co-founded ATMI, which was acquired for $1.1B by Entegris (NASDAQ: ENTG). At ATMI, Glenn served as Chief Scientist, Vice President of Research and Development, and Technical Fellow. Prior to ATMI, Glenn spent nine years at Hercules Corporation, a major chemicals manufacturer acquired by Ashland (NYSE: ASH). He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Stanford University and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Ross Verploegh

Dr. Ross Verploegh

Computational Engineer

Ross is a computational engineer at NuMat. He combines novel atomistic simulations with traditional unit and process modeling to drive new product and process development. He also employs predictive analytics that leverage NuMat’s growing RD&E databases to accelerate materials innovation. Ross received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Jeff Wells

Jeff Wells

Senior Chemist

As a member of the chemistry team, Jeff carries out a range of tasks in the laboratory, including organic synthesis, porous material formation, and materials characterization. Before joining NuMat, Jeff developed his synthetic organic chemistry skills at Eli Lilly where he spent five years as a medicinal organic chemist, synthesizing hundreds of therapeutic molecules for targeted pharmaceutical applications.

Dr. Mitch Weston

Dr. Mitch Weston

Director of Applied R&D

Mitch is an expert in the rational design, synthesis, and characterization of porous materials. At NuMat, he oversees the design and synthesis of novel material structures and their integration into adsorption systems. As a synthetic chemist, his prior research focused on developing new porous materials useful for gas storage, heterogeneous catalysis, and chemical separation applications.

Board

Jay Collins

Jay Collins

Board

Jay served as the CEO and President of Oceaneering International (NYSE: OII), a global oilfield provider of robotics, engineered services, and products primarily to the offshore and gas industry. Jay serves as a director of Oceaneering, Murphy Oil Corporation (NYSE: MUR), Nautronix GroupPason Systems (TSE: PSI), the American Productivity and Quality Center, and Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association. He also serves on the Rice University board of trustees, and as chairman of the council of overseers of the Jones graduate school of business.

Dr. Omar Farha

Dr. Omar Farha

Chief Science Officer, Co-founder

Omar K. Farha is a co-founder and CSO of NuMat Technologies, an associate professor of chemistry at Northwestern University and associate editor for American Chemical Society Applied Materials & Interfaces. His research accomplishments have been recognized by several awards and honors including the Royal Society of Chemistry “Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division Early Career” Award and the American Chemical Society “The Satinder Ahuja Award for Young Investigators in Separation Science. Northwestern's Department of Chemistry also established "The Omar Farha Award for Research Leadership," which is awarded annually to a researcher in the department for stewardship, cooperation, and leadership. Omar has more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, holds 14 patents, and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” every year from 2014 to 2018.

Benjamin Hernandez

Benjamin Hernandez

Chief Executive Officer, Co-founder

Ben is the CEO of NuMat and a member of the board of directors. In this role, he is responsible for managing the rapid scale-up of NuMat’s application platform and all other aspects of the business. An engineer by training, he also received graduate degrees in law and business at Northwestern University. Prior to NuMat, Ben was an operations professional at a global private equity and venture capital firm with over $30 B in invested capital. In this capacity, he led board-level strategy, operations, and human capital initiatives at material technology companies to drive enterprise growth. He has also worked as a management consultant at a top-tier firm and as an engineer in the aerospace defense industry.

Jeff Klunzinger

Jeff Klunzinger

Board

Jeff is the Managing Director of the OS Fund, a venture fund dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs who are working on advancements that are fundamental to the future of humanity. Previous to OS Fund, Jeff was the CEO of BRJ Ventures and also a founding member and CFO of West Family Investments.

William Kroll

William Kroll

Board

Bill is the Executive Chairman, and former CEO of Matheson TriGas, a global leader in the gas industry. During his executive tenure at Matheson, Bill oversaw global businesses for industrial, medical, specialty, and electronic gases, as well as gas handling equipment, high performance purification systems, engineering, and gas management services. Prior to Matheson, he served as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Emcore, where he was instrumental in taking that company public. Bill also serves as a lead director at Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation Group (TYO: 4091), the largest Japanese supplier of industrial gases and one of the five largest suppliers of industrial, specialty, and electronic gases in the world.

Bill Noglows

Bill Noglows

Board

Bill is the Executive Chairman and former President and CEO of of Cabot Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: CCMP), the leading global supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) slurries and a CMP pad supplier to the semiconductor industry. Previously, Bill served in various management positions at Cabot Corporation from 1984 to 2003 and is a 23-year veteran of the specialty chemical industry, with an emphasis on meeting the demanding requirements of the technology industry on a global basis. Bill is a Director of Littelfuse and Aspen Aerogels.

Advisors

Prof. Joseph Hupp

Prof. Joseph Hupp

Chemistry

Joe is a professor of Chemistry at Northwestern University, and also holds an appointment as a Senior Science Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory in the Division of Materials Science and in the Division of Chemical Sciences and Engineering. His research centers on energy-relevant materials chemistry, including chemical separations, chemical catalysis, and high-capacity storage and release of molecular hydrogen, much of it in collaboration with Professor Randall Snurr and his research team. Joe serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and has received multiple awards for his work. He has mentored 50 students to Ph.D. completion, advised roughly 70 postdoctoral research fellows, and currently runs a lab of over two dozen researchers.

Richard Penning

Richard Penning

Strategy, Engineering

As a 30-year veteran of technology organizations, Mr. Penning creates and builds science-based businesses. He guides companies in business strategy, organizational development, and work processes. His experience includes senior executive positions at two leading global technology licensing organizations, as well as consulting engagements for industry, academia, and governments spanning the energy, chemicals, and materials industries. As head of the ventures group at a major corporation, he launched a venture company in hydrogen generation and launched biofuels initiatives at two corporations. He has led development of multi-billion-dollar projects, provided expert opinions in intellectual property issues, and guided organizations in business strategy, technology development, valuation, and deployment.

Prof. Randall Snurr

Prof. Randall Snurr

Computational

Randy Snurr is a professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University. His research interests include development of new nanoporous materials for energy and environmental applications, molecular simulation, adsorption separations, diffusion in nanoporous materials, and catalysis. Professor Snurr is a senior editor of the Journal of Physical Chemistry, and has served on the editorial boards of Adsorption, Adsorption Science and Technology, Chemistry of Materials, Current Nanoscience, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, and Catalysis Communications. His work has been recognized with multiple awards, including a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Prof. Christopher Wilmer

Prof. Christopher Wilmer

Computational, Co-founder

Chris is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, having earned his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University. An expert in advanced computational modeling, Chris was named to the “30 under 30 in Energy” list at Forbes Magazine. He was additionally honored as a “top solver” by InnoCentive, being amongst the top 16 individuals out of over 200,000 globally in the submission of innovative solutions to real-world challenges.