We convert carbon dioxide back into the very same hydrocarbon fuels that power our economy, while removing fossil fuels from the supply chain of liquid fuel production and reducing CO₂ emissions.
Our proprietary reactor harnesses recent advancements in photo-catalysts and sunlight concentration to emulate the natural process of photosynthesis performed by plants. HI-Light focuses sunlight to drive a reaction that transforms CO₂ into carbon monoxide, syngas, and even methanol. These high-energy hydrocarbons are useable across dozens of industries.
Our system is scalable and suited to a range of industrial sites and applications. Onsite production eliminates transportation costs and provides our customers with a competitive, fixed price for hydrocarbon fuels and feedstocks.
Dimensional Energy is equipped to transform our carbon-intensive economy by closing the loop on our industrial carbon cycle, and redirecting the future of carbon dioxide.
Jason Salfi, Co-Founder and CEO
Jason has founded two start-ups in manufacturing resulting in one license and one acquisition. He has been an Advisor to V and C suite executives, and Entrepreneur in Residence at NYSERDA focusing on technology to market strategy, sustainability, supply chain, manufacturing, marketing, lean start-up methodology, fundraising, team building, and company leadership.
David Erickson, Co-Founder, Technical Advisor, and Board Member
David founded two other start-ups in photonics related fields. He has expertise with federal funding programs, technical expertise in photonics, fluid dynamics and photoreactor systems. Dr. Erickson oversees the optimization of light delivery systems for the HI-Light Reactor. Dr. Erickson has received the DARPA-MTO Young Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, the Department of Energy Early Career Award, among others. In 2011 he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama. For his efforts in co-founding the field of optofluidics, Erickson has been named a fellow of the Optical Society of America and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Erickson is Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Graduate Programs and the Sibley College Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.
Tobias Hanrath, Co-Founder, Technical Advisor, and Board Member
Tobias has expertise in nano-cluster catalyst synthesis and reactor design, general practical experience with scaling of chemical reactor systems and translation of literature to practical solutions. Dr. Hanrath oversees the optimization of catalyst research and exploration. Prof. Hanrath received the NSF CAREER award and his work is funded primarily by NSF, DOE, and NASA. Dr. Hanrath is an Associate Professor in the Robert F. Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University.
Mihir Gada, Process Engineer
Mihir is a full time process engineer at Dimensional Energy. Mihir has practical experience in modeling and applying computational models to experimental work. Mihir focuses on modeling, optimization, and scale up.
Marcelo Motta, Process Engineer
Marcelo is a full time process engineer at Dimensional Energy. Marcelo has over 5 years of practical experience in manufacturing improvement. Marcelo focuses on techno-economic analysis, scale up and processes troubleshooting.
Howard Branz, Technical Advisor
Howard spent over 25 years as a researcher and team leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), advancing a variety of fields including the basic and applied science of photovoltaic materials, devices and optics. Branz and his colleagues received an R&D100 Award for their work on nanostructured ‘black silicon’ surface layers that are now being mass-produced in low reflectivity solar cells. From 2012 to 2015, Branz was a Program Director at the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he funded and advised more than $70M in energy technology projects, including advanced solar optics and solar thermochemical fuels. Branz was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2012.
Brad Brennan, Director of R&D
Expertise in photochemical and electrochemical synthesis.
Brian Bowman, Mechanical Engineer
Expertise in reactor design, build, and instrumentation.
David Rickerby, IP Attorney
David is the lead IP attorney for Dimensional Energy. He has been instrumental in negotiating our license agreement with Cornell University and ensuring that our IP is protected through our contractual engagement with Royal Dutch Shell. Previous to starting his own firm, David was a partner at Choate in Boston, MA. He has been named in the legal 500 and been involved in several thousand agreements over is 25-year career.
Clayton Poppe, Co-Founder
Clayton Poppe is a highly accomplished Senior Executive and Entrepreneur with more than 20 years of success in the cleantech, medical device, defense, industrial, and plastics industries. His key areas of expertise include technology development, product development, process scale-up, operation management, and project management.
Clayton is a Co-Founder and Busines Development leader of Dimensional Energy, which is breaking new ground in artificial photosynthesis by converting carbon dioxide from into solar fuels with distributed sunlight. Clayton was the Chief Technical Officer of e2e Materials, a venture-backed green materials start-up, where he was responsible for business development, materials science, product design and process engineering. e2e Materials was sold to an international chemical company.
Clayton held engineering positions with ABB, General Dynamics and Baxter Healthcare as well as positions of increasing responsibility within product development for Aksys Ltd., maker of the first kidney hemodialysis machine for home use.
Clayton has a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science from Duke University, as well a MS in Systems Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management through the Leaders for Global Operations program.
Matthew Lowe, Marketing & Design
Matt manages Dimensional Energy's brand and marketing presence from Minneapolis, MN where he plays music, bikes, and enjoys the region's deep catalogue of craft beers. He spends the rest of his weekdays doing design and consulting work under the moniker Check One Two and moonlights as the trombonist in Porky's Groove Machine, a nationally-touring nerd funk outfit.