Meet The Team


Professor Evgeny Rebrov
Technical Director & Founder

About Evgeny

Evgeny, a full professor of Chemical Engineering since 2010, specialises in catalytic reaction engineering, multiphase reactors, microreactors and transient reactor operation. He has over 20 years of experience in catalyst development, including close collaboration with industrial companies such as DSM, Albemarle BV, Janssen Pharmaceutical NV, IMM-Fraunhofer, Chemtrix and Lionix.


Dr Nikolay Cherkasov
Interim CEO & Founder

About Nikolay

Nikolay is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, who has developed the catalysts coating method. He participated in the ICURe programme as the junior researcher, where he demonstrated the drive and the passion to move the laboratory concept of catalyst coated reactors into the real world. He leads product development.


Mr Fred Hancock

About Fred

Fred was the technical director for Johnson Matthey for Catalysts & Chiral technologies Business’s Global R&D group, managing 5 sites globally and 50 people. The business was centred within the Pharmaceutical/Fine Chemical Market. He has more than 30 years of experience in heterogeneous catalysis and fine chemical synthesis. He is currently retired since October 2015 and works as an independent consultant for various companies including Johnson & Matthey.


Alex Toft
Business Growth Advisor

About Alex

Currently a Business Growth Advisor with the University of Warwick, helping SMEs exploit their potential to grow and comes to Stoli with previous senior international executive experience in blue-chip organisations like Unilever, INEOS, ICI and NHS.  A former Board Director in INEOS, the third largest chemical company in the world, yet also comes to Stoli with considerable start-up experience which included founding a biotech and raising £73mn to take it internationally.


Dr Shum Prakash
University of Warwick Advisor 

About Shum

Shum was the TTO representative for Warwick Ventures, and will work as an advisor to Stoli on behalf of the University. She has over 20 years’ experience in general management, an MBA (Warwick Sainsbury Management Fellowship) and has been at Warwick Ventures for 14 years. She had experience at board level and was interim CEO of three other spin-out companies for which she raised VC investment and recruited management teams. Her technical background is in chemistry having worked with Johnson Matthey Plc and Nihon-Medi-Physics Co., Ltd


Martin Lok
Technical Advisor

About Martin

His ambition is to achieve an inclusive green growth that incorporates natural capital in all decision-making and systems of businesses, governments and the financial sector. To achieve this ambition – according to Martin Lok – cross-sectoral and action-oriented collaboration are essential ingredients for the societal changes that are needed. Therefore, he has initiated several collaborative policy-tracks that focus on incorporating natural capital in decision making.


Dr. Maria Sotenko
Enterprise Coordinator

About Maria

Maria plays a role of enterprise coordinator who manages the company’s network with a cohort of junior researchers and students from different UK and overseas academic institutions. Through the network, Stoli Catalysts secures its access to a substantial pool of highly skilled, energetic, innovative, creative and communicative young engineers and scientists.


LoongSheng Chow
Business Development Assistant

About LoongSheng

A recent University of Warwick MSc graduate in Engineering Business Management , LoongSheng completed his dissertation by conducting an LCA on heterogeneous catalysts in tube reactors. His role in Stoli requires him to assist in planning and development of marketing plans and campaigns to help in identifying and creating opportunities for Stoli and works under the supervision of Dr. Maria Sotenko.

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Dr. Yang Bai
R&D Scientist

About Yang Bai

Yang joined Stoli in January 2017 as an R&D scientist. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Nanjing University of Technology, China in 2009. Before her PhD work, she has worked as Customer development manager at USUN Fine Chemical Products LTD, Nanjing, China and after her PhD she was a Research Assistant in the Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong and then a Research Assistant in the Aston University (UK). She has both business and technical background. In Stoli, she is involved in synthesis and optimization of the catalytic coatings, and in coating characterization by different physical methods.


Dr Antonio José Expósito
R&D Scientist

About Antonio

Antonio joined Stoli Catalysts Ltd in June 2017 as an R&D Scientist. He received his PhD in heterogeneous catalysis from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. Prior to his PhD work, he obtained two MSc in Chemical Engineering and Renewables Energies and did an internship in The Netherlands on reactor design. His current activities include development of novel structured catalysts for hydrogenation processes and testing of the catalysts-coated tubes to obtain information on catalyst performance and mechanical stability.