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Dyesol Team

Dyesol is a multinational, publicly-listed (ASX: DYE), innovative technology company and employs a team of highly skilled scientists, engineers, and expert consultants to lead the charge and drive Dye Solar Cell technology development and commercialisation activities. 

 

Queanbeyan & UK Team

 

Worldwide, the Company employs approximately 60 staff and consultants spread out across the globe at locations including:  Australia (headquarters), the UK, USA, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Switzerland.  Achieving our goal to be the international leader in the commercialisation of DSC technology depends on the talents, enthusiasm and engagement of our employees. We aim to develop staff with opportunities for career progression, while striving to create a climate that celebrates diversity.  We have an inclusive employment strategy, which has led to a multicultural work team, composed of women and men born in over twenty countries.

The Company invests heavily in the core R&D work undertaken by the various specialist technical groups and supports their work at bringing next generation Dye Solar Cell technology to the mass market in collaboration with our manufacturing partners.  This high calibre technical team is supported with well-equipped R&D facilities, with training rooms which are regularly used for in-house training sessions, and through support for continuing education through fee assistance, sponsorship of further study, study leave, and supported attendance at international scientific conferences for educational purposes.

The executive team led by CEO & Executive Chairman, Richard Caldwell, is comprised of key management personnel who work closely together to develop and implement Company strategies on behalf of the Board.

Dyesol has a comprehensive Operational Health and Safety policy which supports a safe and healthy workplace for all staff, a Company Code of Conduct designed to support a positive, professional atmosphere at work and regulate the work environment.

Employment and internship queries may be sent through via our website Contact Us page >>

 

 

Meet the Executive Team

Richard CaldwellRichard Caldwell, BEc LLB FFin
CEO & Executive Chairman - appointed 20 October 2009

Mr. Richard Caldwell, aged 51, as the CEO & Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dyesol Limited, takes the executive responsibility for finance, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, capital raising and also assists with substantial contract negotiations. He also chairs the Executive Committee.

Richard has a strong background in advising many successful high-tech Australian companies and assisting with public listing – particularly in the technology, biotechnology, and telecommunications sectors.  He also brings considerable experience in the oil and gas, resources, and infrastructure sectors.

Before joining Dyesol, Richard had a twenty-five year career in securities trading and investment banking.  He was Head of Corporate Finance and Equity Capital Markets at StoneBridge, Head of Equity and Capital Markets at Burdett Buckeridge and Young, and held a number of senior management positions at Citibank in Sydney and JP Morgan in London.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. He also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from Finsia. For a number of years he was responsible for teaching the Equity Capital Markets stream in the Masters of Finance at Macquarie University. Recently he was appointed as chairman of the Ascham School Foundation.

Kian NiuKian Niu, MBA (UK), CA, ACIS, B Commerce
Chief Financial Officer

Kian L. Niu joined Dyesol as Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Prior to joining Dyesol, Kian was the Finance Director for a subsidiary of BSI Global, a provider of management systems assessment and certification solutions headquartered in the UK. Previously he worked with BearingPoint, Inc. (NYSE:BE) one of the world's largest consulting and systems integration firms serving Global 2000 companies.

Kian has an MBA (UK), is certified as a Chartered Accountant (Australia) and is fluent in English and Malay.

Damion MillikenDamion Milliken, BEng (Matls), PhD
Chief Technical Officer

Promoted to CTO in 2013, Damion joined Dyesol in 2007, initially working on materials and process development for industrialisation of DSC technology. From 2008 he provided technical leadership of pilot stage scale-up for large-area manufacture of DSC devices, before being promoted to R&D Manager in 2011. In his role as Dyesol’s R&D Manager, Damion oversaw a portfolio of in-house and collaborative R&D projects with key research partners around the globe.

His earlier industrial R&D work was for Kyocera in relation to mass production of multi-layer ceramic capacitors, and for the CSIRO on nano-materials. Damion holds a PhD in Materials Engineering, with his academic work focussed on electro-ceramics. He is the author of 11 scientific papers and a book chapter, and has patents pending in the field of DSC. He is a member of Engineers Australia, TMS and APESMA.

Hans DesilvestroHans Desilvestro, BSc, PhD
Chief Scientist

Dr Hans Desilvestro has more than 30 years of hands-on experience and thorough theoretical understanding of electrochemical energy storage and energy conversion systems.
 
He gained his PhD from the Swiss Institute of Technology based on his work on photoelectrochemistry and dye sensitisation under the direction of Prof. Michael Grätzel.
 
After many years of R&D and technical management within the battery technology industry, including nickel metal hydride, supercapacitors and high power Li-ion batteries, he returned to the world of dye solar cells in 2005 as Dyesol’s Chief Scientist. Hans is the author or co-author of more than 60 scientific-technical publications, 2 book chapters and 8 patents or patent applications.

Marc ThomasMarc Thomas
General Manager Global Glass Business Group & CEO of Dyesol Inc. (Dyesol Inc. is Dyesol Ltd's American subsidiary)

Marc was appointed President Dyesol North America in 2009. Previously he held technical, manufacturing and business development positions at a number of hi-tech companies including Livescribe (smart pens, VP/Operations), The TECH Group (consulting), Top Ecology (PV-powered portable desalination) Alex & Wins (a technology transfer company), Ubiquity (consumer products) and Lectus, (robotic-based critical care beds). He also held technical/marketing management and engineering positions at GE Plastics and Ford Motor Company.

Marc has a degree in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and holds 8 patents with others pending.

Andrew KingAndrew King, PhD
President Dyesol Europe

Andrew was appointed President Dyesol Europe after consulting for Dyesol since 2005. Andrew was previously Commercial Director of Kickstone Technologies Ltd, a York based technology licensing company (formerly Peratech Ltd). Prior to 1995 Andrew was Asia-Pacific Business Development Manager at Zeneca PLC and his early career was spent in the nuclear and platinum industries.

Andrew holds a PhD from the Royal School of Mines of Imperial College, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He has authored 3 commercial patents.

Luca SorbelloLuca Sorbello, BSc, MA, PhD
Sales & Marketing Manager

Luca joined Dyesol in 2009 as technical manager for Dyesol Italia, first managing the research projects and sales in Italy and lately becoming the sales and marketing manager for the Dyesol group with a global market responsibility. 

Luca has a bachelor degree in computer science from Leeds University, a Master degree in Business engineering from Tor Vergata university and a Doctorate from Tor Vergata in the field of knowledge management. He started working in the computer science field for several Italian companies reaching the CIO status, meanwhile he was appointed in several positions at Tor Vergata university and Malta university teaching on subjects such as information systems, human resource management, economics for engineers in various masters and undergraduate courses. He has also held different research positions on several themes concerning e-learning technologies and energy. His interest for energy matters and themes grew higher becoming his main research and work interest, in particular in the field of building integration systems and renewable energy. He is author of several articles and books.

Yanek HebtingYanek Hebting, PhD
Materials Research Manager
 
Yanek joined Dyesol as a Research Scientist in 2006. After having successfully scaled up to multi-kilogram level the production of panchromatic Ruthenium complexes, fulfilling Dyesol’s largest ever order of Ruthenium Dye for the Welsh based DSC manufacturer G24i, Yanek was promoted to Project Leader in the Materials Group.  Presently, Yanek is Head of Production and is leading Dyesol’s chemical materials commercial production. Yanek is simultaneously driving Dyesol’s efforts to scale up and expand the chemical manufacturing capabilities of novel 3rd generation PV materials by developing and applying cost effective optimised synthesis procedures.

Yanek holds a Masters Honours in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. He conducted his post-doctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Research Fellow funded by the American Chemical Society (ACS PRF recipient 2004). In 2005, he recipient of the MIT-France Seed Fund and in 2006, he received the Best Paper of the Year Award for his PhD work from the Geochemical Society.