Who We Are
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Eugene Beh, Ph.D.
He earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford, an A.M. in Chemistry from Harvard, and an A.B. in Chemistry and Physics summa cum laude from Harvard. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of a Stanford Graduate Fellowship. Growing up in Singapore, he won the National Science Talent Search and received two Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors’ Awards. Eugene loves to travel and has lived widely in Singapore, Japan, Poland, Switzerland, and the United States. He is multilingual and is a space weather enthusiast.
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Meisam Bahari, Ph.D.
Meisam Bahari is the CTO of Quino and holds Ph.D., M.Sc., and B.Sc. degrees in chemical engineering. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where he worked with Prof. Mike Aziz and Roy Gordon on developing novel approaches to extend the lifetime of aqueous organic redox flow batteries. His passion is renewable energy and electrochemical systems.
Meisam came to the U.S. to become specialized on the topic during his Ph.D. when he studied fuel cells, lithium-ion and redox flow batteries using experimental and mathematical-modeling approaches to deeply understand the underlying physics involved. Meisam also has several years of experience as a process engineer including his role as a lead engineer. He feels that with developing energy storage devices, he is doing his part to minimize our footprint on the environment and save the world for the next generations. He loves outdoor activities including camping, biking, and skiing.
WHO WE ARE
Board of Directors
General Partner, ANRI
Masahiro Sameshima is the General Partner at ANRI. ANRI is one of the most active seed/early stage VC firms based in Japan. Masa has nearly 10 years of venture investment experience and company creation in Deep Tech sectors.
Prior to joining ANRI, he spent 6 years at Mitsubishi Corporation. Masa earned a master’s degree in Astronomy from the University of Tokyo.
WHO WE ARE
Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor
Michael Aziz, Ph.D.
Michael J. Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies at Harvard University, is a co-founder of Quino Energy. He is co-inventor of the organic aqueous flow battery and is the co-recipient of the 2019 Energy Frontiers Prize from Eni.
He has directed multi-investigator R&D programs on stationary electrical energy storage supported by ARPA-E and other sponsors. He has numerous inventions licensed to private enterprise. He is a Fellow of the APS, the MRS and the AAAS, and has authored over 300 research publications.
Co-Founder and Scientific Advisor
Roy Gordon, Ph.D.
Roy G. Gordon is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Harvard University. A co-inventor of Quino Energy’s aqueous organic flow battery, Dr. Gordon is also a co-founder of Quino Energy and Chair of its Scientific Advisory Board. He jointly received the 2019 Energy Frontiers Prize — the “Energy Nobel” — from Eni together with Dr. Michael Aziz.
In addition to Israel’s Einstein fellowship, he was recognized with the AVS Achievement Award for Atomic Layer Deposition, an R&D 100 Award, the Eni Award, and a Research and Development Award. Dr. Gordon’s research has spanned a wide range of subjects from applied mathematics to quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, intermolecular forces, solid state and materials science. His discoveries of new materials and vapor deposition processes are widely used commercially for making thin films in solar cells, energy-conserving window coatings, display devices and semiconductor electronics.
Marc-Antoni Goulet, Ph.D.
Dr. Marc-Antoni Goulet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Concordia University. Within the field of microfluidic electrochemical cells, Dr. Goulet is known for the in operando deposition technique and optimized reactor design which produced the highest power density of any microfluidic fuel cell today. In the field of flow batteries, Dr. Goulet is best known for the symmetric cell testing methodology which has been integral to the development of the most stable organic electrolytes currently known.
While at Harvard University, Dr. Goulet was also responsible for spearheading efforts for electrolyte regeneration and lifetime extension through optimized battery operating conditions. Overall, these contributions have helped reduce battery capacity fade rates from ~10%/day down to ~0.01%/day. Dr. Goulet’s current research group continues to develop new methodologies for benchmarking the next generation of flow battery electrolytes to push the technology even further.
Brett A. Perlman serves as the CEO of the Center for Houston’s Future, a nonprofit organization working to address matters of highest importance to the long-term future of the greater Houston region. His career has spanned senior positions in business, government and community service organizations. Perlman served for four years as a Commissioner on the Public Utility Commission of Texas, where he was appointed in 1999 by then-Governor George W. Bush.
He holds advanced degrees in public policy from Harvard University and in law from the University of Texas, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University.
Joe is a Director on the Arevon Investment team, where he leads sourcing, underwriting, and execution of renewable energy and energy transition investments. Joe has led Arevon’s investments into over 1 GW of solar and storage projects, marshalling over $1.9 billion of capital including development capital, sponsor equity, project finance, and tax equity. Prior to Arevon, he worked at NextEra Energy for four years where he was responsible for M&A, evaluating and investing in distributed generation and community solar, storage, microgrids, fuel cells, hydrogen, and mobility opportunities.
Prior to NextEra, Joe worked at GE Ventures where he was focused on investment opportunities in energy storage, mobility, and grid optimization. Joe previously worked as an attorney in the private equity and mergers & acquisitions practice group of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where he assisted clients on over $80 billion of transactions. Joe graduated from Harvard Business School with an M.B.A. in 2017, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, cum laude, with a J.D. in 2013, and from Dartmouth College, cum laude, with an A.B. in Economics and Government in 2010.
Ed is an entrepreneur and investor with 20 years of experience co-founding, growing & investing in venture-stage start-ups, with three successful exits through acquisition. Ed served as founding CEO of Amber Kinetics, an award-winning energy venture spun out of UC Berkeley’s Power Systems Laboratory, which has grown to over 200 employees and an installed customer base in six different countries. Prior to starting Amber, as an early employee of pioneering solar developer Cleantech America (acquired by Meridian Energy in 2009), Ed helped develop a 380 MW solar project pipeline & brought online California’s first grid connected utility-scale solar power plant.
Ed also previously worked in sales/marketing & operations for a Palo Alto-based server-based computing start-up (acquired by HP in 2007). The experience led Ed to become a founding early-stage investor in Splashtop, which has grown to become a global leader in remote desktop software & Silicon Valley “unicorn”. In assisting Splash top, Ed leaned on his industry experience to advise the Company on a highly successful & scalable early-stage go-to-market strategy.
Ed received his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and completed additional coursework in Energy Policy & Cleantech Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.