The Pajarito Powder team brings extensive experience from both fuel cell startups and the industry as a whole, from theoretical and practical applications in research, and finally from manufacturing and business development. Pajarito Powder has an experienced Board of Managers, a Chairman & CEO with a successful fuel cell exit, a CTO & President with extensive catalyst engineering experience, a Chief Scientist with extensive catalyst and PGM-free development experience, along with relevant patents and world-class Technical Advisory Board.
All contribute to the effort to produce advanced catalysts for mobility and hydrogen generation. Pajarito Powder’s patented VariPore™ process is readily-scaled for high-volume manufacturing – the condition ultimately necessary for cost-effective, widespread fuel cell adoption.
Board of Managers
Thomas J. Stephenson
Prof. Dr. Christian Mohrdieck
In 2013 the University Ulm appointed Dr. Mohrdieck Honorary Professor.
Dr. Barr Zulevi
Dr. Alia Lubers
Dr. Alia Lubers began her research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where she investigated ruthenium oxide for battery materials. Dr. Lubers is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and her Ph.D. research sought to scale platinum deposition onto carbon via atomic layer deposition in a fluidized bed. In her time at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Dr. Lubers completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015 before joining Pajarito Powder.
Luber’s holds degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Matt Montgomery, C.P.A.
Mr. Johnson joined Pajarito Powder in November 2015 as Director of Business Development. Over his career, Mr Johnson has worked in varying capacities for software and hardware startups, including his own. Mr. Johnson was Vice President of an emerging technologies consortium called “Next Generation Economy Initiative” in the early 2000s, based upon cluster research developed by Michael Porter and later, the Milken Foundation aimed at leveraging National Laboratory strengths in technology development while addressing weaknesses in commercialization. At SWSH, LLC he helped recruit and assemble senior engineering and science teams for startups throughout the southwest, including Lumidigm, a biometric startup acquired by Swedish firm Assa Abloy through its Texas-based U.S. subsidiary HID.
In 2014 Mr. Johnson helped establish the ABQid Accelerator, a Global Accelerator Network-accredited program based on the Techstars model using Lean Startup processes to “accelerate” startups.