Management Team

Founder and CEO

BS-ChE, Caltech, PhD-ChE, Princeton

Senior executive at Fortune 500, commercialized advanced materials at startups

Fund Raising, Strategy, Customer/ Product Dev

VP - Business Development

BS - Business Administration, Saint Francis University

Senior executive at Fortune 500 new business development, sales and marketing

Chemicals, Polymers, Global Management

Director - Technical Services

BA-Photography, Art Institute of Atlanta 

Design engineer, computer systems engineer, network specialist 

Design Engineering & Prototyping



We have been bombarded with daily news on extreme weather events around the globe – 1/3 of Pakistan was flooded, wide-area wildfires in California, and droughts in central China. These extreme events will continue as global energy consumption by humans is increasing each year. (We consumed 162 PWh last year. Note: Peta = 1015). Eighty percent of global energy was generated by carbon-based materials (coal, petroleum, gas); 13% was from renewable; 7%, nuclear. This resulted in 42 G tons/yr of carbon emissions. If we were to achieve Net-Zero by 2050, carbon capture, carbon removal and renewable energies are needed simultaneously in the transition. Our focus is on carbon capture.

With this as the overall problem statement, I began my journey in May 2020 by betting that Presidential Candidate Joe Biden will win the United States Presidential election. If he does win, it means his climate policy will follow.(1) A deep dive into climate policy was the order of the day. The starting points were a literature review of policy goals in the EU and the US, reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, technology alternatives, and progress of late-stage carbon capture companies. My conclusion was that the sweet spot to impacting climate change, developing a defensible technology platform, and creating a sustainable EBITDA business lie in solid sorbent development, not to chase carbon capture systems integration.

(1)    Candidate Biden is now the President of the United States. He led the passage of two signature bills in 2021 (Bipartisan Infrastructure Act) and 2022 (Inflation Reduction Act) that add even stronger tailwind in growing climate tech industry.


Edward Chan is a senior executive with accomplishments in corporate America and advanced materials in startups. He oversaw departments of R&D, product management, quality assurance, and intellectual property management in the chemicals and packaging verticals for Fortune 500 companies. Key results delivered were the innovation and commercialization of new products in new and existing markets. As important as new revenue generation, cost reduction followed right behind those efforts. The startups commercialized nanomaterials from carbon nanotubes to graphene for the aerospace and electronics industries. They raised $20 million over three rounds and grew a startup from 30 to 100 people in three years. Carbon capture for the hard-to-abate sectors (chemicals, cement, steel, power, and transportation) intersects his corporate and startup experience vis-à-vis business and technical competence. Ed earned a BS in chemical engineering from California Institute of Technology and a PhD at Princeton University. In climate tech, he was a LaunchPad 4 graduate at AirMiners and  a graduate of Cohort 1 of the Spark Cleantech Accelerator 2022 in Knoxville, TN. He is selected to the Cohort 3 of Venture for Climate Tech and MassChallenge ESG 2023.

Advisory Board

Metasorbex has a group of world-class thought leaders as advisory board to guide strategy, governance, science and engineering, fund-raising, human resources, and communications. The board ranges from deep experience in private equity, investor relations, strategy and communications, science and engineering, corporate governance, best-in-class climate practices, and intellectual property development.

Edward Chan, Ph.D.

BS-Caltech; PhD-Princeton

Founder and CEO Metasorbex™

Kenneth Kan

BS-UC - Berkeley

Managing Partner, ADVAN Capital

Finance and deal structure

Pete Blackshaw

BS-UC - Santa Cruz;
MBA-Harvard Business School

Founder & CEO, BrandRank.AI

Strategy, marketing and communications

David Harper, Ph.D.

BS-West Virginia; PhD-Washington State

Professor - Materials Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Chief scientific advisor

Elise Zoli, JD

BS-Duke; JD-University of Pennsylvania; MBA - Tufts

Partner - Energy and Climate Solutions, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati

Corporate counsel, investor network

Dan Nesbitt, JD

BS-University of Pittsburgh; JD - Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University 

Managing Partner, Nesbitt IP, LLC

Patent counsel, process engineering

Haven Allen

MBA-University of Chicago

CEO and Cofounder of mHUB

Investor and customer networks, strategy 

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