Corey Tyree is the co-founder and CEO of Trillium Renewable Chemicals. Prior to Trillium, he was Senior Director of Southern Research, an R&D service provider to clients in the chemicals and energy sectors. Before joining Southern Research, he was Engineering Manager at Georgia Power where he oversaw $100M in capital projects at large fossil energy facilities. His expertise includes technology commercialization and large project delivery. Corey holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University.
Liesl Schindler is the Vice President of Technology Development at Trillium Renewable Chemicals. Prior to Trillium, Liesl was General Manager of Process Development at Shell Chemicals. While there, she oversaw a global team of ~100 professionals focused on technology development. With over 20 years of experience, she is an expert at chemical process technology development from lab to demonstration-scale. Liesl holds a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.
Aiguo Liu is the Chief Engineer of technology development at Trillium Renewable Chemicals. Prior to Trillium, he worked for Sud-Chemie (now Clariant) and UOP; and biochemical startups including REG Life Sciences in a leading role for process and product research and development. His expertise includes heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering. Aiguo holds a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Tianjin University and a PhD from the Tulane University in Chemical Engineering.
Negar Sharifi is an experienced Process Engineer with more than 17 years of experience in the oil, gas, and petrochemical areas. Negar has extensive experience in all stages of a project life cycle (feasibility study, conceptual study, basic design, FEED design, detail design, de-bottlenecking, and construction support). She is an expert in working with different process simulation software and preparation and development of process documents. Prior to consulting for Trillium, Negar worked with SPIE in the Netherlands as well as several engineering companies in Iran. She earned her B.Sc. Chemical Engineering degree from the Iran University of Science and Technology.
Joe Powell worked for Shell Chemicals for 33 years and spent the last 15 years of his career as Shell’s Chief Scientist. He led R&D programs in new chemical processes, biofuels, and enhanced oil recovery. He has been a co-inventor on more than 120 patent applications with more than 50 granted. He has received several industry awards including the A. D. Little Award for Chemical Engineering Innovation, an R&D 100 Award, the American Chemical Society Team Innovation Award, and the University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Powell is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, member of the AIChE Board of Directors, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin.
Paul Weider worked for Shell International Exploration and Production for more than 35 years as a process development scientist. He has taken new and novel chemical processes from inception through development to construction and start up of world scale production facilities. He was co-recipient of the 2000 American Chemical Society Team Innovation award. Prior to that he received an R&D 100 award. Paul has an MS in organic chemistry from The Ohio State University and a PhD in organometallic chemistry from Colorado State University.
Rob van der Meij is a Partner at Capricorn Partners, where he leads venture investment activities for the Sustainable Chemistry Fund. Prior to Capricorn, he was a successful entrepreneur having served as CEO of multiple startups (Hermes Catalysts, Biaqua, fluXXion). He began his career at Akzo Nobel and later served in General Manager capacity at Shell Chemicals. He is an expert on the chemicals business. Rob holds a MS in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Delft.
Josh Carpenter, Ph.D., joined Southern Research in June 2021. Dr. Carpenter most recently served as Director of Innovation and Economic Opportunity for the City of Birmingham, where he led the city’s efforts in workforce development, COVID recovery and business expansion. Previously, he served as the Director of External Affairs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He earned his doctorate in political economy from the University of Oxford where he studied on a Rhodes Scholarship.