Team

Stoli Catalysts has a multinational team centred on our site in Wellesbourne in the heart of the UK

Dr Nikolay Cherkasov

Dr Nikolay Cherkasov

Founder & Managing Director

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Nikolay is an experienced researcher and entrepreneur. He has extensive knowledge in heterogeneous catalysis having 50 scientific publications and securing £2.5M grant funding from various sources. He is a member of IchemE, a graduate of Innovate UK’s ICURe programme and won an Enterprise Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Engineering. He leads the company day-to-day operations and business development.

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Head of Sales

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Matthew joined Stoli Catalysts to focus on their commercial activities. He has a background in Chemistry with a BSc and MSc and is also a chartered Chemist. He obtained a Global MBA from Oxford Brookes to strengthen his 15+ years of technical sales experience to the International Market. Matthew has worked for FTSE100 companies, venture capitalist companies and also with privately owned companies and start-ups.

Professor Evgeny Rebrov

Professor Evgeny Rebrov

CSO & Founder

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Evgeny, a full professor of Chemical Engineering since 2010, specialises in catalytic reaction engineering, multiphase reactors, microreactors and transient reactor operation. He has over 20 years of experience in catalyst development, including close collaboration with industrial companies such as DSM, Albemarle BV, Janssen Pharmaceutical NV, IMM-Fraunhofer, Chemtrix and Lionix.

Daniel Lambden

Daniel Lambden

Technical Product Specialist

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Daniel is an accomplished Chemist having received his MChem degree from the University of Southampton with a focus in nanocomposite materials in the field of sustainable chemistry. Since joining Stoli Catalysts, Daniel has been instrumental in the development of the SABRe reactor and is best placed to discuss the benefits to customers.

Sofia Helin

Sofia Helin

Researcher

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Sofia is a PhD student at the University of Oxford, with experience in inorganic chemistry and process optimisation. Her research is focused on flow chemistry and improving biocatalysis using inorganic supports. She uses her analytical skills to carry out research activities for Stoli Chem.

Ahmed Hammad

Ahmed Hammad

Product Engineer

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Ahmed is has a BEng and MEng in biomedical engineering from Trinity College Dublin. His particular expertise is instrumentation amplification and analog circuit design. At Stoli, Ahmed focuses on product development for efficient chemicals manufacture.

 Fred Hancock

Fred Hancock

Chair of Technology Advisory Board

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Fred heads the Technology Advisory Board. He retired in 2015 from the role of technical director for Johnson Matthey for Catalysts & Chiral technologies Business’s Global R&D group, managing 5 sites globally and 50 people. The business was centred within the Pharmaceutical/Fine Chemical Market. He has more than 30 years of experience in heterogeneous catalysis and fine chemical synthesis.

Quentin Compton-Bishop

Quentin Compton-Bishop

Business Development Director

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Quentin Compton-Bishop is an experienced CEO, board director and entrepreneur.  Prior to joining Stoli Catalysts, he was CEO of Warwick Ventures, responsible for research commercialisation at the University of Warwick.

Prior to Warwick Ventures, he was a co-founder and CEO of a number of technology start-ups, including P2i, a global leader in protective nano-coatings, and RolaTube Technology.  Quentin has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a Cranfield MBA and a Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. 

Other senior roles have been with renewable energy, software and mobile phone businesses. Quentin has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, a Cranfield MBA and Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma. He was also a director of the Sustainable Energy Academy and a co-developer of its SuperHomes programme.

 Natalia Molodtsova

Natalia Molodtsova

Finance & Facilities Manager

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Natalia has background in economics and is in the process of obtaining a chartered accountant status via Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Natalia oversees the finances and operations of Stoli Catalysts.

Dr Martin Lok

Dr Martin Lok

Member of Technology Advisory Board

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Martin has over 40 years’ experience in industrial catalysis, mostly heterogeneous, in a variety of areas like biorenewables, hydrogenation, gas-to-liquids, catalyst preparation. He is an expert on process scale-up from to production. He has more than 30 patents, 70 scientific papers and several book chapters. Martin advises Stoli on process scale-up.​

Dr Samuel Adams

Dr Samuel Adams

R&D Team Lead

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Sam has over 8 years’ experience in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry, with a focus on transition metal complexes and surface science. He has extensive experience in the characterisation of molecular species and functional materials from magnetic particles to light responsive sensor surfaces. Sam specialises in catalysis and process safety and development, prototyping and 3D modelling.

Professor Volker Hessel

Professor Volker Hessel

Member of Technology Advisory Board

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Prof. Hessel has a distinguished career in research and innovation. He was a Vice Director R&D at IMM from 2002, and Director R&D from 2007. In 2005 and 2011, Prof. Hessel was appointed as part-time and full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, respectively. He was honorary professor at TU Darmstadt, Germany 2009-2018, and is guest professor at Kunming University of Science and Technology. Prof. Hessel is (co-)author of > 450 peer-reviewed (h index>70). He received the AIChE Award “Excellence in Process Development Research” in 2007, the ERC Advanced Grant “Novel Process Windows” in 2010, the ERC Proof of Concept Grant in 2017, the IUPAC ThalesNano Prize in Flow Chemistry in 2016, and the FET OPEN Grant in 2016. In 2018, he was appointed Deputy Dean Research and professor at the University of Adelaide in Australia.