About

Team

Tim Young - President and CEO

Tim Young is an accomplished executive with over 15 years of management experience in media and Internet technology companies. Prior to HyperSolar, Mr. Young was the President of Rovion, a rich media technology company, where he increased revenues through a channel sales strategy that included companies such as Clear Channel, Disney, CBS, and Fox Television and bolstered the company’s technical capabilities through strategic acquisitions. Prior to Rovion, Mr. Young enjoyed a decade long career at Time Warner Inc. where he served as Vice President and Regional Vice President of various divisions including America Online and Time Warner Cable. During his tenure, Mr. Young built some of the highest performing sales organizations at Time Warner with responsibilities ranging from product development, marketing, staff training to leadership development. After Time Warner’s acquisition of Adelphia Media Services and Comcast in 2004, Mr. Young served as Regional Vice President of Western Region, and was responsible for successfully integrating the California sales teams which accounted for over $200 million in revenues with 250 sales and marketing personnel, and launched several new product offerings.


Sylvia Joun Lee, Ph.D. - Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Lee is a chemical engineer with over 13 years of research experience covering nano/biomaterials, advanced materials characterization and energy conversion and storage systems. Lee received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Riverside in 2009. As a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Lee studied application of novel 1-d nanomaterials for photovoltaics and artificial photosynthetic systems with Prof. Martin Moskovits and Prof. Galen Stucky (Chemistry, UCSB). In 2014, she joined as an assistant research scientist at the University of Iowa. Dr. Lee has extensive experience in device fabrication using cleanroom foundry techniques and evaluation of photovoltaic/photosynthetic performances, and holds great expertise in advanced materials characterization techniques such as XPS, HRTEM, EELS/EFTEM. She has published over 20 articles in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Nano letters, Energy and environmental science etc.


Syed Mubeen Jawahar Hussaini, Ph.D. - Lead Scientist

Dr. Hussaini is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Iowa. He leads HyperSolar's development of a low cost, solar powered nanoparticle technology for extracting renewable hydrogen from water. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemical and Electrochemical engineering from the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), India, and his master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Riverside in 2009. He started his partnership with Hypersolar from 2012 at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he was working as a post-doctoral researcher in the labs of Prof. Eric McFarland, Prof. Galen Stucky and Prof. Martin Moskovits. Dr. Hussaini holds significant proficiency in developing nanostructure based solar-active materials for solar fuel production and investigating development of economically benign energy conversion processes. Dr. Hussaini has published more than 35 articles in peer-reviewed papers including Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nanoletters, Energy and Environmental Sciences etc.


John Stickney, Ph.D. – Scientific Advisor

Dr. Stickney is a distinguished research professor of Chemistry at the University of Georgia, Athens with extensive background in the field of electrochemistry, materials chemistry and nanoscience. Dr. Stickney received his BS in Chemistry from Humboldt State University in 1981, and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara, 1984. His dissertation was "Metal Deposition on Well-Defined Platinum Electrodes," under Professor Arthur Hubbard. He joined the University of Georgia (UGA) in 1985 as an Assistant professor. He was most recently promoted to Distinguished Research Professor in 2013. He was selected Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 2008, and received the Electrodeposition Research Award in 2009. He and his group developed electrochemical atomic layer epitaxy (EC-ALE) in the late 1980s, which now referred to as electrochemical atomic layer deposition (E-ALD). A patent was issued in 1994. The development of E-ALD has been a major effort of his research since. His work has always focused on the chemistry at interfaces, generally those between solution and electrodes, and of electrodeposited metals and semiconductors. ALD is the use of surface limited reactions to form deposits an atomic layer at a time, providing control of thickness and composition at the atomic level. Electrochemical surface limited reactions are generally referred to as underpotential deposits (UPD), which he studied as a graduate student. The majority of Stickney's work has to do with control over surface and interface chemistry in electrodeposition of semiconductors. Stickney has been working on the electrochemical growth of solar cell materials for 30 years, starting with II-VI compounds such as CdS and CdTe. He has developed E-ALD cycle chemistries for the electrochemical growth of CIS, CGS, CIGS and others. Stickney started a small company in 2007, Electrochemical ALD L.C. (Athens, GA), to produce equipment for E-ALD.


Vikram M. Pattarkine, Ph.D. - Senior Advisor, Water Treatment

Dr. Vikram Pattarkine is a chemical-environmental engineer with three decades of international experience covering consulting, research, technology development, technology transfer, and training in the wastewater and renewable energy industry. Dr. Pattarkine has been instrumental in founding several companies by providing strategic advice to investor groups and assuming senior management or advisory positions in the businesses. He has held several leadership positions in the past including Chief Technology Officer of OriginOil, Inc., an algae biofuel technology company; Senior Vice President of Brinjac Engineering, an engineering design and consulting firm; and Director of Process Engineering of Environmental Dynamics Inc., an equipment design and manufacturing firm. During the 1990s he led the Environment and Natural Resources Management consulting practice of Tata Consultancy Services, Asia's largest consulting firm. Prior to this, he worked on energy environment interface issues at TERI, India's premier think-tank. Dr. Pattarkine has been appointed to prestigious professional committees such as the Chesapeake Bay Program's Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and the Water Environment Federation's Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design Committee. He contributes to these committees as an expert on wastewater nutrient management, energy conservation, and renewable energy. He has authored chapters in manuals, peer-reviewed papers, and numerous technical reports. Dr. Pattarkine holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Technology in chemical engineering from Nagpur University, India. He is an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at the University of Missouri and has also taught graduate students at Pennsylvania State University. He has conducted training programs and has made conference presentations worldwide.


Wei Cheng, Ph.D. - Research Scientist

Dr. Cheng is an expert in chemical/electrochemical synthesis of semiconductors, and in photoelectrochemical device fabrication and characterization. His research focus is on the design of materials and photoelectrochenmical devices for highly efficient hydrogen production with low-cost materials. He oversees Hypersolar's key projects by being in charge of system optimization, experimental validation and device performance improvement. Dr. Cheng received his bachelor's degree in Materials Science and Technology from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and his master's and Ph.D. degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), China. Dr. Cheng is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Iowa where his research is research focus is on hydrogen production using earth-abundant light absorbers and electrocatalysts to fabricate cost-effective and highly efficient photoelectrochemical devices for hydrogen production.


Nirala Singh, P.hD. - Research Scientist

Dr. Singh is a chemical engineer with expertise in developing efficient catalysts for solar fuel production. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is researching ways to produce stable and inexpensive catalysts for the efficient production of hydrogen from sources such as hydrogen bromide etc., as well as photoelectrochemical absorbers for fuel and chemical production. Mr. Singh's previous works include developing a Solar Energy Course and Lab Equipment at the University of Michigan, electrolysis of water for hydrogen production and bacteria decomposition for water purification, and testing and characterization of high-power semiconductor devices.