Team

The NextGen management team consists of a mix of world-renowned nanoengineers,
policy experts and development professionals, that collectively bring
a wealth of experience and proven track record to the company.

  • Dr Franky SO

    Dr Franky SO

    Inventor and CTO
  • Dr Franky So holds 80 issued patents and has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles. He is the editor-in-chief of the journal Materials Science and Engineering Reports and serves as an associate editor for IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, IEEE Journal of Display Technology, SPIE Journal of Photonic Technology and Organic Electronics. Franky is the former head of the OLED research group at Motorola, where he was named a Distinguished Innovator and Master Innovator. He is a Lecturer of the IEEE Photonics Society, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, and a Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE. In 2015, he joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the North Carolina State University, where he is currently the Walter and Ida Freeman Distinguished Professor.

  • Robert holds a PhD from Imperial College, researching the optimisation of a unique wave energy device. He holds a first class honours degree in Engineering Product Design and a Master’s degree in IT for Product Realisation. Robert worked for Solar Century Ltd, where he played a key role in developing their award-winning solar thermal/photovoltaic roof tile system. He served a six-month secondment at the architectural practice of “Green Guru” Bill McDonough in the USA, where he learned the “Cradle to Cradle” design philosophy and has worked at DECC as part of the government’s chief scientific advisor’s science and innovation team.

  • Dr Robert Edwards

    Dr Robert Edwards

    Director
  • Matthew Stone

    Matthew Stone

    Commercialisation Director
  • Matthew is the founder and major financier of this project. He is a specialist in technology transfer from laboratory to industry, and provides commercialisation consultancy to some of the world’s leading research centres, as well as some of the most innovative private businesses.

    From a corporate finance background, he has specialised in biomass processing, energy, nd clean technology, for over 12 years, and has successfully launched numerous projects from concept to commercial realisation. Today Matthew is the founder and major shareholder of several successful companies, including Renovare Fuels, US Cleantech and Teysha Technologies. He maintains extensive contacts both in industry and research, and provides unrivalled operational and a strategic insight.

  • Duncan has more than 8 years’ experience in technology transfer, operational management and long-term value creation within the clean energy industry. Specialising in technology commercialisation and management team building, he has worked with Texas A&M, University of South Florida and North Carolina State seeking to expand their technology from the lab into new markets and to secure research and development funding.

    Duncan ensures the smooth running of companies from their start-up phase through to commercial contracts. He specialises in team recruitment, marketing and publicity, grant applications, communication with relevant state and semi-state departments and identifying and engaging end users. His current areas of activity include waste to drop-in fuels, bio-polymers, water purification and nanotechnology.

  • Duncan Clark

    Duncan Clark

    Director of Operations
  • Lord Mackenzie

    Lord Mackenzie

    Board Adviser
  • Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate OBE, a former government advisor on Home Affairs and passionate advocate of environmentally responsible companies. Lord Mackenzie provides Next Gen Nano with guidance on government energy and environmental policy and regulation.

    Having retired from the police service in May 1998, he was raised to the Peerage in July 1998, and was chairman of the Peers’ Home Affairs Group in the House of Lords between 1998 and 2003. He has been a member of the House of Lords European Union Committee, which deals with Home Affairs, Health and Education. Lord Mackenzie was special adviser to the home secretary, Jack Straw, from 1998 to 2001. As well as being a patron of several charities, Lord Mackenzie was appointed president of the Joint Security Industry Council (JSIC) from 2000 to 2005. He is also a former president of the Association of Police and Public Security Suppliers (APPSS) and former vice president of the Defense Manufacturers Association [DMA].

  • Carr currently works as a postdoctoral research scholar in North Carolina State University. His research interests include in-depth electrical and optical properties of organic/hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors, and optimisation of photovoltaic devices. Carr’s notable publications to date include: A readily accessible, random perylene diimide copolymer acceptor for all-polymer solar cells, Jun 2017; Naphthalene diimide-difluorobenzene-based polymer acceptors for all-polymer solar cells, February 2017; Using Ultralow Dosages of Electron Acceptor to Reveal the Early Stage Donor-Acceptor Electronic Interactions in Bulk Heterojunction Blends, Feb 2017.

    Carr has been a trainer in the Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, has coached the Asian Physics Olympiad Hong Kong team and has won 3 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 2 bronze medals, and 2 honourable mentions in the Asian Physics Olympiad 2015.

  • Dr Carr Ho

    Dr Carr Ho

    Research Scientist