About us

Our vision is to deliver a truly Circular Economy for fuels, chemicals and plastics

Alan Aubrey

Chair

Experienced entrepreneur, angel investor and non-executive director. CEO of IP Group from 2006 to 2021 a FTSE 250 company focussed on the commercialisation of intellectual property. Previously non-executive chair, non-executive and/or investor in Oxford Nanopore and Ceres Power, both of which are now worth in excess of £1 billion.

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Alan Aubrey

Chair

Dr Mike Mason

Advisor, Director

Engineer, entrepreneur and investor best known for co-founding ClimateCare, one of the world’s first carbon trading businesses which was sold to JP Morgan in 2008. With a passion for solving climate, he has invested in a range of early stage and start-up companies including Mixergy, YASA and Oxford PV.

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Dr Mike Mason

Advisor, Director

Prof. Peter Edwards

Founder & Board Director

Emeritus Statutory Professor at University of Oxford having formerly been Head of Inorganic Chemistry. Expert in fossil fuel decarbonisation and CO₂ utilisation technology and the recipient of numerous awards: Fellow of the Royal Society, Hughes Medal, Bakerian Lectureship & Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

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Prof. Peter Edwards

Founder & Board Director

Dr Tiancun Xiao

Founder, Managing Director & CTO

World-renowned catalyst expert with over 30-years of experience in commercialisation and industrial application. More than 300 publications and more than 50 patents filed and/or applied to industry. Previously co-founder of Oxford Catalysts (now Velocys) which floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2006.

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Dr Tiancun Xiao

Founder, Managing Director & CTO

Andrew Symes

Founder & CEO

Climate Tech investor and entrepreneur focussed on the technologies key to net zero. Andrew helped spin the company out and led the first investment round from IP Group in 2021 before joining as CEO in 2022. Experience includes Investment Director at IP Group (now Kiko Ventures), Associate BP Ventures and commercial roles in BP’s commodity trading business. Andrew has a first-class MChem degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

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Andrew Symes

Founder & CEO

Dr Jane Jin

Founder & COO

Jane was the ex-ClimateTech Lead at Oxford University Innovation with over ten years’ experience in IP commercialisation and innovation management. She helped the academic founders to set up the spinout and served on the board for one year before joining OXCCU. Jane completed her PhD in Chemistry from Cambridge University on organocatalysis in flow in 2010.

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Dr Jane Jin

Founder & COO

Dr Naomi Wise

Interim CFO

Naomi has ten years’ experience working within the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, combining her academic interest in clean-tech innovation, research, and development with her practical knowledge of business and finance management. DPhil Engineering Science, University of Oxford.

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Dr Naomi Wise

Interim CFO

Dr Benzhen Yao

Founder & Chief Engineer

20-years’ experience across academia and industry in the fields of catalyst preparation and process design. Previously Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Oxford working on CO₂ catalysts. Previously engineer and then senior engineer in the Fine Chemical Division at SINOPEC. PhD from East China University of Science and Technology.

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Dr Benzhen Yao

Founder & Chief Engineer

Dr Binchu Shi

Principal Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineer with over ten years’ experience in process development and project management. Previously process engineer and then chartered chemical engineer (MIChemE) in Evonik (UK). PhD in Chemical Engineer from Imperial College London.

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Dr Binchu Shi

Principal Chemical Engineer

Dr Yanhua Ma

Chemist

Over ten years’ experience in the fields of catalyst preparation and application. Previously Senior Researcher and Lab Manager of Shandong Mountain Tai Scholar group at Liaocheng University focusing on iron-based nano-catalysts and separation science. PhD in Chemistry from Lanzhou University.


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Dr Yanhua Ma

Chemist

"Every year the demand for truly sustainable fuels and chemicals grows. At OXCCU we’re attracting the world’s leading chemists and chemical engineers to help bring our net- zero products to the world."

Dr Tiancun Xiao

Founder, Managing Director & CTO

"Every year the demand for truly sustainable fuels and chemicals grows. At OXCCU we’re attracting the world’s leading chemists and chemical engineers to help bring our net- zero products to the world."

Dr Tiancun Xiao

Founder, Managing Director & CTO

Want to join us?

OXCCU is looking for motivated scientists and engineers who are passionate about accelerating the world's energy transition to join a growing Oxford- based team developing the next generation of CO₂ catalysts and reactor designs.

Backgrounds in areas such as catalysis, reactor design, chemical engineering and systems design and integration are all relevant.

Chemical Engineer

This role will involve the design and evaluation of catalysis and reactor design. We are looking for a highly motivated PhD level candidate with industrial experience in a field relevant to catalyst development, ability to design, undertake and analyse experiments and expertise in catalysis and reactor design.

R&D Lab Technician

We are seeking an organised and enthusiastic individual with experience working in a chemistry laboratory, an understanding of H&S regulations and an ability to prioritise workloads. The role will include managing laboratory equipment and conducting hands on experiments whilst maintaining health and safety measures. A formal qualification in this area is desirable.

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