Kaja Skålnes Knudsen, MSc.

I have obtained a bachelor’s degree in nanotechnology and a master’s degree in nanoscience at the University of Bergen. In my masters I worked with developing a co-delivery nanocarrier to be used in cancer treatment. As I student I was active in several volunteer positions, such as manager of the nanoscience student council and CEO of the student program called Talentjakten. After finishing my degree, I worked 50 % in the same group where I took my masters (Herfindals group, Department of Clinical Science, UiB) and 50 % as a farm hand. In January 2018 I started in CealTech as a laboratory technician and am now working as a scientist.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

Being new in the work life, I really appreciate the opportunity to take part of not only the lab work, but also the research and planning behind the different projects and experiments. Learning about the process of commercializing science. It is also fun to get to work with graphene, as this is the material that got me to study nanotechnology in the first place. I do also have to mention the kind and supporting environment here, that nourish both good discussions and laughs.

What I like to do in my free time?

I enjoy using my free time out in the nature, either hiking or kayaking. These are activities allowing me to clear my mind and experience the wildlife that can be found just outside the house door. I do however also appreciate a calm evening with knitting in front of the tv or learning to play the mandolin. And let us not forget about the cows! My boyfriend’s family own a farm and being an animal lover, I try to become best friend with all of them. So far, my experience is that bribing them with food works the best.

Michel Eid, Ph.D.

My background is in Mechanical Engineering, and I hold a Ph.D. degree in Solid Mechanics from the Ecole Polytechnique (France). I started my career as an R&D engineer in the Automotive sector. I then moved to the Oil & Gas industry, where I started as Field Engineer, and then held various roles in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sustaining, Sales, Marketing and Business Development. I joined CealTech in January 2017, and I am currently in charge of Marketing, Sales and Business Development.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

First and foremost: the human experience, especially getting to know the people, through the good and tough times, and learn how to work together and support each other to raise up to the challenge, as a team, to grow the company and the business forward! I also feel privileged to have the opportunity to actively contribute to CealTech’s mission in ‘helping to build the world of tomorrow’, while being part of the global Graphene Journey to change everything from Medical Treatment to Energy Storage, Electronics, Composites, and many more.

What I like to do in my free time?

I learned skiing few years back, so I am now very into winter sport. I also like outdoor activities, especially hiking and fishing (although I still haven’t caught a single fish since I bought my fishing gear). Otherwise, nothing beats a good laughter with family and friends, preferably with a good meal, a bottle of (French) wine, and to finish off, a glass of cognac.

Jan Sverre Vea, MSc.

I completed my studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim and graduated with a MSc. in applied physics, and a great and memorable experience through my organizational work with the students’ sports club NTNUI. I started my professional career in 2006 as a maintenance engineer in Aker Kværner (later Aker Solutions), before advancing to project management within the same company. My main activities included M&M projects for Statoil. After that period, I moved to Odfjell Drilling, where I was also involved in M&M activities, until I joined CealTech in February 2016.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

The simple answer is: the people. It has been incredibly fun and motivating to be part of the team, and not the least, it has also been both rewarding and inspiring to be a part of a scientific revolution, with graphene, “the new supermaterial”, at the center of it. I also enjoy the opportunities that come with working in a small company, as I got to do different tasks and to be involved in a lot of the things that are going on.

What I like to do in my free time?

Mostly sailing during summertime. I am actually one of the owners of a racing sailboat that we use in regional regattas. In wintertime, I try to put in as much skiing as I can. My other winter activity is curling, which I have played for several years now!

Johann Mastin, Ph.D.

My background is in Material Science and Inorganic chemistry. I hold a MSc in inorganic chemistry from the University of Rennes. After my studies in France, I took a Ph.D. degree in Material Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway under the supervision of Pr. Mari-Ann Einarsrud and Pr. Tor Grande. My Ph.D. was on the mechanical properties of perovskite-ceramics. I continued my research career at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), first as post doc graduate, then as full-time researcher and group manager in the Environmental technology department. I worked on various projects related to CO2 capture and utilization, hydrogen production, catalysis and developing new production process for the mineral industry. After 9 years at IFE, moved to the Oil & Gas industry, where I started as Environmental Advisor in the HSE department of ENGIE E&P NORGE (Ex-GDZ Suez). I worked there for almost two years, before joining CealTech in March 2017, and I am currently in charge of the R&D department (project portfolio and IPR).

What I like about my job at CealTech?

As a researcher, the opportunity to work on the forefront of Material Science is very stimulating! I am learning everyday about graphene, its extraordinary potential and the fields where it can be applied in the future. I love the variety. Every day is different. It is great to be able to discuss energy storage one day and jump over to composites or corrosion the next hour! CealTech is working in close contact with the industry, which means that our work can really have an impact at large scale in a close future! That’s very motivating! To tackle those challenges, CealTech has gathered a very competent and dedicated team!  The people at this company are a pleasure to work with and make it enjoyable to come to work

What I like to do in my free time?

My free-time is mainly centred around my active 6 year-old son: football training, playing board-games, video-games, biking, hiking etc… I also managed to make him interested in climbing which I also practice regularly. Recently I developed an interest into beer-brewing. Brewing beers requires patience, control and creativity to develop new recipes! The process also involves quite a bit of chemistry! Perfect hobby for a beer-enthusiast with a research background!

Anh Hoang Dam, Ph.D.

I earned my Doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway. Prior to joining CealTech, I worked first as a Material Engineer, with specialty in Polymer Nanocomposite Material, then I worked as a Chemical Engineer, and had as research task the ‘development of gravel pack for oil and gas production using expandable polymer material’. In 2016, I started working as R&D Chemist at CealTech, and since have been focusing my research activities on graphene, and graphene derivatives, and related applications, such as: composites, elastomers, paints/coatings, corrosion resistance, antifouling, electromagnetic shielding, etc.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

Mostly the work environment! I also enjoy the fact that I can develop and fulfill my research interests, in that graphene gives me the opportunity to work on polymer composite, paint, elastomers, organic and inorganic nanomaterials, catalysts, etc.

What I like to do in my free time?

I like watching and playing football and table tennis. I also like movies and music.

Fan Huang, Ph.D.

I obtained a bachelor of Science degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology in China. I then continued studying and researching in the field of polymers, in particular in conductive polymers, whereby I received a Master’s degree at the University of Manchester in UK. Afterwards, I started researching in Electrical Energy Storage (EES) devices – including supercapacitor and Li-ion battery – and earned my Doctoral degree at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Norway. I believe EES is going to play a more significant role in our daily life – actually, it is already doing that – and I see that further advance in material science is one of the most important prerequisites to achieve this goal. Prior to joining CealTech, I had several years of work experience in R&D and product development from various industries.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

to have the opportunity and challenge of working on cutting-edge technology, and to be researching in unknown and uncharted areas! But most importantly, I also enjoy having the support from a multicultural group of dedicated individuals with various talents.

What I like to do in my free time?

I mostly like listening to music.

Steffen Hellem

I have background from plastic chemistry industry and worked in a company called Mikron just outside Oslo, where I took part in «the big boom» in the 90s making cellphones for Ericsson and some other big players. During my career, I also worked with various technologies and products from bank equipment, car washing machines, escalators, in addition to spending a couple of years in the Oil & Gas business with Schlumberger in Stavanger, Norway.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

The opportunity to work on the forefront of Material Science is very stimulating! I am learning everyday about graphene, its extraordinary potential and the fields where it can be applied in the future. I love the variety. Every day is different. CealTech is working in close collaboration with the industry, which means that our work can really have an impact at large scale in a close future! And that’s very motivating! To tackle those challenges, CealTech has gathered a very competent and dedicated team!  It has been a pleasure to work with the team at CealTech and see how everybody is contributing to make this a success.

What I like to do in my free time?

My free-time is mainly centred around my 2 kids: football training, dance classes etc. I also play dart on regular basis and lead a club here in Stavanger. I also do beer brewing with my neighbour next-door. Perfect hobby for a beer-enthusiast with a process background! I also like watching football, Man Utd and Rosenborg are my favourite teams!

Malgorzata Kamila Rybak, MSc.

I completed my studies at the West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin and graduated with a MSc. in faculty of Chemical Technology and Engineering. During my studies I completed various courses and practices such as lab technician and I worked as a trainee at the Chemical Works “Police“ S.A. at the Nitrogen Department. I got acquainted with new solutions regarding technology and apparatuses applied in the Nitrogen Department. After my studies I started working as chemical engineer in “Kronospan“ Sp. z.o.o. where I participated in various lab activities, such as chemical and physical-mechanical tests of ready-made products and tests of raw material input.

What I like about my job at CealTech?

I like new challenges, and this is exactly what I enjoy best at CealTech, through working with Graphene which has been recently called the most prospective material of the 21st century due to its outstanding electronic, optical and mechanical properties, which pave the way to numerous potential applications. I also enjoy that I can work among the group of dedicated individuals with various talents who support each other.

What I like to do in my free time?

My hobby is healthy human nutrition. My second diploma is man nutrition techniques. I also like sport-lifestyle.