What we do

H2U is the leading developer of abundant, low cost, efficient, and durable catalysts and systems for hydrogen generation and fuel cells. We rapidly screen catalysts for hydrogen production using technology developed at Caltech with a $122M DOE award. All IP licensed exclusively to H2U.

Leadership Team

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President and CEO

CEO, Harland Controls; CEO, Ioxus; CEO Pentadyne

Mark McGough

President and CEO

CEO, Harland Controls; CEO, Ioxus; CEO Pentadyne

Mark McGough

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Dr. Nathan Lewis

Founder and former Director and Scientific Director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, JCAP, the U.S. DOE's Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight

Professor of Chemistry, Caltech. Founder & former Exec Director of JCAP

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Executive Chairman and Founding Investor

Mark McGough

President and CEO

CEO, Harland Controls; CEO, Ioxus; CEO Pentadyne

Jim DiSanto

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Mark McGough

President and CEO

CEO, Harland Controls; CEO, Ioxus; CEO Pentadyne

Steve Wollenberg

Interim COO
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Neil Weintraub

Interim CFO
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Mark McGough

President and CEO

CEO, Harland Controls; CEO, Ioxus; CEO Pentadyne

Dr. Jian Jin

VP Electrolyzer/R&D

Board of Directors

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Jim DiSanto

Executive Chairman

Jim has 25 years experience as a silicon valley tech executive and veteran entrepreneur, mainly in enterprise software, mobile applications, location based services, sensors, and automotive systems.

During the past decade, Jim co-founded and lead KonaWare, a pioneer in mobile applications for transportation/logistics, which he sold to Yamei Electronics of Beijing in 2009. Jim joined Yamei as a board director/GM and formed strategic partnerships with auto OEMs and Tier1s. Yamei was acquired by Trimble Navigation in 2011. Prior to this, Jim co-founded Simplexity Wireless, a leading MNVO with revenue in excess of $400M annually, and Vicinity (VCNT), one of the first web location based services, which went public in 2000, and was purchased by Microsoft (for MapPoint) in 2002.

 

Jim is the co-founder and MD of Motus Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm funding businesses focusing on AI, Robotics and IoT. Jim serves or has served as a Board Member/Obsever and/or Advisor to companies including Waze, Auto-Talks, Quanergy, Doorman, Metawave, Argus Cyber Security, and others. Prior and during his tenure at Motus, Jim has formed extensive executive and technical level relationships with auto OEMs, T1 suppliers, logistics firms, global industrials, fleet management providers, telecommunications operators and suppliers, university and government research organizations, and more. As well, Jim built collaborative partnerships with research groups within the UC system (UCSD, Berkeley, Riverside), Stanford, and U of Michigan, and with private research institutions (e.g. PARC), resulting in the commercialization of technology and founding of new businesses.

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Mark McGough

CEO, Hartland Controls; CEO, loxus, CEO Pentadyne

Mr. McGough is an internationally recognized expert for building high-growth energy technology businesses. Experienced in commercializing new technologies; strong leader with excellent communications, decision-making and negotiating skills; creative team builder. 

Negotiated successful partnering and CM deals with major OEMs in China, Japan, Germany. The World Economic Forum named Mr. McGough a technology pioneer, and Red Herring Magazine identified him as a top executive in the energy tech space. Mr. McGough completed his MS in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

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Dr. Nathan Lewis

Founder and former Director and Scientific Director of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, JCAP, the U.S. DOE's Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight Professor of Chemistry, Caltech. Founder & former Exec Director of JCAP

Prof. Nathan S. Lewis has been active in the solar fuels/solar chemical field for over 40 years, and has published over 500 papers, presented hundreds of public and technical plenary and

invited lectures in the area, and is responsible for training a preeminent cohort of globally leading researchers in the solar fuels field. Prof. Lewis graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry in 1977 working with Prof. Harry B. Gray.  In 1981, he obtained a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after working under the supervision of Prof. Mark S. Wrighton in 1981. Prof. Lewis then began as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1986. In 1988, Prof. Lewis returned to Caltech where he is currently the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry.  Lewis was the founding Editor-in-Chief (serving 2008-2018) of the leading journal in sustainable energy R&D, Energy and Environmental Science, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is a distinguished advisor to industry, government, academia, and national and international media the role of R&D in clean energy innovation.

 

Lewis was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors acknowledging his contributions as an inventor in over 60 independent issued US patents and is a highly cited author as designated by Thompson-Reuters. Lewis was the Founding Director of the DOE's Energy Innovation Hub in Fuels from Sunlight, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, which was awarded $122 MM over five years by the U.S. DOE. Prof. Lewis is a holder of the Princeton Environmental Award, the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, and was #17 overall, and the highest ranked scientist/technologist, in the 2009 Rolling Stone magazine’s top 100 “Agents of Change in America”.

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Andrew L. Krowne

Managing Director - Dolby Family Ventures

Andrew joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. in 2014 and currently serves as a managing director where he helps lead technology investments across a range of portfolios. Andrew is a board director of Phase Four, H2U, and TripleBlind and a board observer of Diamond Age and Roviero. His previous director roles include Discovery Echo and Plethora. He is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 22. 

Prior to Dolby Family Ventures, Andrew earned an MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, where he graduated with honors and was the recipient of the inaugural Investment Management Fellowship and the CFA Merit Award, as well as being a Consortium Fellow. He has served as a Mentor in the Investment Fellowship Program since 2016. 


Andrew spent five years in investment banking at Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and RBS, where he was a Vice President in the Technology, Telecom & Media group focused on the capital markets. Andrew began his career in the Valuation Advisory Practice of Ernst & Young. Andrew has a BS degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, with a double-concentration in Finance and Accounting. 

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Mark McGough

CEO, Hartland Controls; CEO, loxus, CEO Pentadyne

Mr. McGough is an internationally recognized expert for building high-growth energy technology businesses. Experienced in commercializing new technologies; strong leader with excellent communications, decision-making and negotiating skills; creative team builder. 

Negotiated successful partnering and CM deals with major OEMs in China, Japan, Germany. The World Economic Forum named Mr. McGough a technology pioneer, and Red Herring Magazine identified him as a top executive in the energy tech space. Mr. McGough completed his MS in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Andrew L. Krowne

Managing Director - Dolby Family Ventures

Andrew joined Dolby Family Ventures, L.P. in 2014 and currently serves as a managing director where he helps lead technology investments across a range of portfolios. Andrew is a board director of Phase Four, H2U, and TripleBlind and a board observer of Diamond Age and Roviero. His previous director roles include Discovery Echo and Plethora. He is a Kauffman Fellow, Class 22. 


Prior to Dolby Family Ventures, Andrew earned an MBA at the Haas School of Business at UC-Berkeley, where he graduated with honors and was the recipient of the inaugural Investment Management Fellowship and the CFA Merit Award, as well as being a Consortium Fellow. He has served as a Mentor in the Investment Fellowship Program since 2016. 


Andrew spent five years in investment banking at Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch and RBS, where he was a Vice President in the Technology, Telecom & Media group focused on the capital markets. Andrew began his career in the Valuation Advisory Practice of Ernst & Young. Andrew has a BS degree from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, with a double-concentration in Finance and Accounting. 

Timothy Goodell

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Hess Corporation

Timothy “Tim” Goodell is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Hess Corporation, a global independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. He is a member of the company’s executive leadership team. 


In this role, Goodell leads the Legal function, Corporate Aviation, Government and External Affairs, Compliance and Security. Prior to joining Hess, Goodell spent 24 years with the New York City-based law firm White & Case. He served as global co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and a member of the Partnership Committee. He also advised public and private corporations on general corporate and corporate governance matters. 


From 1979 to 1981, Goodell was with the Washington, D.C. based business consultancy, Strategic Planning Associates. 
Goodell holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the New York State bar in 1985. 

 

Ryan Breen 

Jericho Energy Ventures (largest shareholder of JEV is the Breen Family, patriarch is CEO and Chairman of DuPont) 

Ryan is the Head of Corporate Strategy based in Philadelphia, PA.  He has been with the Jericho since inception and is responsible for financial modeling, due diligence, structuring and execution as well as new investments and capital formation.  He has completed transactions totaling over $100 million. Prior to joining Jericho Energy Ventures, Ryan was in the investment bank at J.P. Morgan, based in New York, working within the Diversified Industrials Group focused on Multi-Industrial, Aerospace & Defense and  Transportation opportunities.  While at J.P. Morgan, Ryan participated in transaction structuring and execution, including M&A and Debt and Equity financings for Fortune 500 companies. Ryan received a B.A. in History from Northwestern University. 

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Thomas Werner

An investor, environmental, social justice advocate, and Advisor to the CEO of SunPower.

Tom spent 18 years on the front lines of the solar revolution as the CEO of SunPower and has more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles at disruptive technology and energy organizations.

Before joining SunPower, Tom was CEO at Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation; before that, he held the role of VP and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp. Tom serves on the boards of Cree, Inc., H2U, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and University of Wisconsin College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board, and the Marquette University Board of Trustees.


Tom is passionate about investing in the companies that will lead us to a better, cleaner, more equitable future. He cares deeply about creating equal access to a healthy environment and reversing the impacts of climate change for those that have been disproportionately impacted by environmental harm. Tom believes that together, we can change the way our world is powered.