DR. WOLFGANG SCHMITT
Chief Science Officer and Non-Executive Director
Wolfgang is a Professor in the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin since October 2005. Wolfgang’s research interests focus on the supramolecular chemistry of hybrid organic-inorganic materials aiming to exploit these advanced materials for sustainable energy applications, catalysis and molecular magnetic devices. Current activities focus on CO2 fixation and activation, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for hydrogen storage applications, self-assembly processes, synthetic approaches to nanoscopic clusters (polyoxometalates and other coordination clusters) and molecular coordination cages. He studied Chemistry at the Technical University Darmstadt (TU), Germany and graduated as Dipl. Ing. (Chemistry) in 1999. He was awarded the Dr. Anton Keller Prize from the University of Darmstadt and received his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe in 2002. In March 2003 he was selected to join the International Centre for Young Scientists at the National Institute for Materials Sciences in Tsukuba, Japan as an independent research fellow.
Chairman and acting Chief Executive Officer
Ray is an highly experienced Business Leader and Company Director with a career spanning over 40 years. During this time his roles included 11 years as CEO of Siemens Nixdorf in Ireland. From 1992 to 1997 he worked internationally as part of a major entrepreneurial development and culture change programme. In 2002 he co-founded 4th Level Ventures, a leading technology based Venture Capital firm focused exclusively on investing in companies whose Intellectual Property arises from third level education institutional research. Prior to 2002 Ray acted as a business angel for 5 years and was co-founder of a number of start up technology companies. Ray is skilled in strategy and organisational development, marketing, sales and talent identification. Ray helps companies become global successes and works with both the board and management to develop and grow the business with a strong focus on increasing shareholder value.