We are a group of PhDs and entrepreneurs who share the same vision to use technologies developed in our Research Laboratories to have a meaningful impact on the environment.
Co-founder & CTO
Erwan is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Spark.
Erwan did his Ph.D in the Plasma group of the EM2C Laboratory at CentraleSupélec and as invited researcher at Stanford, where he developed the Cold Nanopulsed Plasma technology for energy applications.
He led Spark’s Lab program, built the Lab prototypes and won the 2022 French Innovation i-Lab Prize for his work.
Co-founder & CEO
Patrick is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Spark.
Patrick has over 20 years of experience in management, finance and business development in the environmental and energy sectors.
Prior to Spark, he was CEO of the biogas subsidiary of Suez (150 employees & €45m invested in green energy) and CEO of Adionics, a lithium extraction company, where he scaled the team from 10 to 30, deployed 3 industrial pilots and raised €12m.
Chief of Staff
Florian is Spark’s Swiss Army knife. He supports Patrick in business development, administrative and financial management, fundraising, team management and recruitment.
Prior to Spark, he completed a Master’s degree in Management and Corporate Finance, complemented by a MSc in Technology at CentraleSupelec. He has had several experiences as an investor and operations analyst in Venture Capital funds.
Bilal is the mechanical engineer of Spark, he is in charge of finding design solution and industrialize spark’s plasma process.
Prior to Spark, Bilal worked 4 years at Thales Communications & Security as an apprentice, designing hyperfrequencies systems and antennas using additive manufacturing. He then worked 3 years in the medical device industry creating a PCR device, he was responsible of the consumable, optics and the motorized module.
Plasma Engineer and Experimental Scientist
Raghed, is a Plasma Engineer and Experimental Scientist at Spark R&D.
With dual Ph.D. degrees in physics, Raghed brings over 7 years of experience in applying physics and engineering principles to a wide range of projects, spanning hermetic systems, electromagnetism, high voltage, detectors, optical diagnostics, and plasma physics.
Jean is a Ph.D student in the nonequilibrium plasma group.
Jean develops optical diagnostics to better understand the nanosecond plasma dissociation mechanisms in CO2-CH4 mixtures. He uses this expertise to provide key insights for on-going Spark R&D campaigns.
Pierre-Antoine is optimizing the energetic cost of the reaction, as well as increasing the selectivity of wanted products.
He is using theoretical and numerical tools to help him achieve his tasks.
Experimental Plasma Intern
Before specializing in energy efficiency at CentraleSupélec engineering school, Sara gained experience in thermal modeling for the building industry and later developed her experimental skills for atmospheric re-entry.
Sara now works in the plasma team on instrumentation and the understanding of physical phenomena.
Former Industrial Director at Vallourec
A graduate of CentraleSupélec, Harvard University and HEC, Alain Honnard was successively Industrial Director of Vallourec and Managing Director of Metalvalue Ltd.
He has an extensive industrial network & strong experience in industrial innovation
Professor at Paris-Saclay
We are pleased to have Christophe Laux as a technical adviser on our board.
Christophe Laux is a Stanford graduate and has 20 years of experience in nonequilibrium plasma research in CentraleSupélec, Laboratoire EM2C where he is the lead of the nonequilibrium plasma team. He is also the adviser in Airity Technologies, another start-up building High Power Power Supply for plasma physics.
Professor at CNRS
Khaled Hassouni is a physicist and physico-chemist of non-equilibrium plasmas.
He is a world-specialist in plasma-assisted carbon production (nucleation, diamond synthesis, etc.)