Our Team

ThalesNano Energy was created by chemists and engineers with decades of experience in the electrochemical, catalysis, fine chemical, computational, energy, polymer, and manufacturing industries.

Our first foray into combining electrolysis with chemistry came with our R&D Top 100 award winning hydrogen generation technology. This technology quickly became utilized in 1000s of chemical companies on 6 continents and the subject of over 50 patents.

Our group is honoured to have the Top 20 Pharmaceutical companies, Top 10 agrochemical companies, 6 out of the Top 10 chemical and petrochemical companies as our customers and partners.

Our target now is to take our award-winning technology expertise and apply it to one of the greatest challenges that faces us today, rising carbon dioxide levels. Our L.E.A.F.™ cell technology is designed to successfully meet that challenge and, so is our team.

Dr. Csaba Janáky

Chief Scientific Advisor

Dr. Csaba Janáky is an Associate Professor at Department of Physical Chemistry and Materials Science, University of Szeged, Hungary. He is the principal investigator of the MTA-SZTE „Momentum” Photoelectrochemistry Research Group, supported by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the European Research Council (ERC-Starting Grant). Csaba is also responsible for Green Economy and Climate Policy at the university. He is an emerging expert of materials science oriented electrochemistry and photoelectrochemistry. He has developed new electrode materials for energy applications, such as CO2 reduction, water oxidation, O2- reduction, and H2 evolution. He has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals including four review-, two perspective, and one viewpoint article, with an overall impact factor of 430. He is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Energy Letters (a premier scientific journal of energy research), and the Young Academy of Europe.

Richard Jones

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Richard is the CEO and co-founder of ThalesNano Energy Inc, as well as the CEO of InnoStudio, a scientific incubator company. Before this, Richard was CEO of ThalesNano where he completely overhauled the product line, doubling the number of new instruments and greatly extending the number of countries ThalesNano sells into.

He joined ThalesNano in 2004 where he started as Chief Research Chemist, helping to develop the chemistry on the H-Cube® and other flow reactors. He then went on to become Product Manager of the R&D 100 Award winning H-Cube® before becoming Director of Product Management.

Prior to ThalesNano, Richard was at Biofocus Discovery and worked on the synthesis of several Kinase and GPCR inhibitor based compound libraries. Richard studied chemistry at the University of Bristol where he graduated with honors in 1999. He has over 20 scientific papers, books, and patents specializing in flow chemistry to his name.

Ferenc Darvas PhD

President and Founder

The single living person in Hungary awarded as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society, serial innovator and entrepreneur with multidisciplinary technical background and decades long business experience. Holder of many awards including the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. Dr. Darvas received his first degree in organic chemistry and two other degrees in computer science and patent law. His PhD. was dealing with the use of artificial intelligence in drug discovery in 1986. Dr. Darvas pioneered in adapting microfluidics and flow technologies for producing nanoparticles in the early 2000’s. He is author of over 200 publications, editor or co-editor of several books, and inventor of over 100 patents. Dr. Darvas is also the founder of the Space Chemistry Consortium and co-founder of the Flow Chemistry Society, where he is the Chairman.

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