Company | Our Mission
What if we could separate carbon from air, and use it to make materials that would otherwise be made from oil?
At Newlight, we believe that the most sustainable way to reduce the amount of carbon in the air is to use that carbon as a clean, cost-effective input for the production of commercially useful materials.
Founded out of Princeton University and Northwestern University in 2003, Newlight has developed, patented, and commercialized the world's first large-scale polymerization technology capable of separating carbon (such as methane and carbon dioxide) from air and converting that carbon into high-performance carbon-negative thermoplastics that can out-compete oil-based plastics on price and performance.
Our mission is to replace oil-based plastics with air-based plastics on a global, market-driven basis, and in doing so, capture enough carbon to stabilize and end climate change.
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Newlight is led by a world-class team of scientists, engineers, and innovators dedicated to the commodity-scale commercialization of Newlight’s patented greenhouse gas-to-plastic technology.
- Mark Herrema, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, inventor and co-inventor of Newlight’s patented GHG-to-plastic conversion technologies, magna cum laude, Princeton University.
- Kenton Kimmel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, co-inventor of Newlight’s patented GHG-to-plastic conversion technologies, Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University.
- Evan Creelman, Chief Operations Officer, key process engineer on Newlight's GHG-to-plastic production technology, Applied Mathematics and Economics, cum laude, Northwestern University.
- Jim Stoppert, Business Development, first CEO of NatureWorks, LLC, and former head of Dow Chemical’s 1.2 billion pound/year styrenics division.
- Jim Lunt, Ph.D., Product & Business Development, first Head of Product Development for NatureWorks, LLC, winner of the 2002 Presidential Green Chemistry Award.
- Dave Henton, Ph.D., Reseach and Development, former Senior Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company, inventor of technology behind millions of pounds of ABS being sold on an annual basis.
- Glenn Fredrickson, Ph.D., Research and Development, Director of UCSB's Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) and Director of the Complex Fluids Design Consortium (CFDC).
- Wes Coleman, Human Resources, former Chief Human Resources Officer at Disney, former VP of Global Human Resources at Nike.
- Patrick O’Brien, Business Development, former President of S. C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (North America and Europe).
Markus (Mark) D. Herrema, Chief Executive Officer
As CEO and co-founder of Newlight, Mr. Herrema has over a decade of industrial experience in chemical, biological, and process engineering, intellectual property development, polymer functionalization, private equity finance, and strategic business development. Mr. Herrema has invented a range of proprietary carbon capture and conversion systems and materials, receiving numerous associated US and international patents, steering Newlight through multiple private placement offerings, executing a range of strategic partnerships, and leading the engineering, construction, optimization, and expansion of Newlight’s carbon capture platform. Mr. Herrema graduated magna cum laude High Honors from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Political Theory, with additional work in Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry.
Kenton Kimmel, Chief Technology Officer
As CTO and co-founder of Newlight, Mr. Kimmel has more than eight years of industrial experience in chemical, process, and MEP engineering, private equity finance, and process automation. Mr. Kimmel has been instrumental in the design, scale-up, and optimization of the company’s gas-to-plastic technology, including the engineering, construction, commissioning, and optimization of the company’s production lines, as well as the detailed engineering of Newlight’s commercial production facility. Prior to his work at Newlight, Mr. Kimmel held a position in the In Vitro Microbiology Group at Allergan Pharmaceuticals where he conducted research and development on genetic markers and gene expression of potent neurotoxins for use in cosmetic surgery. Mr. Kimmel graduated from Northwestern University with a Biomedical Engineering B.S.E degree, double specializing in Biomaterials & Biotechnology and Transport Processes & Tissue Engineering.
Evan R. Creelman, Chief Operations Officer
As Newlight’s COO, Mr. Creelman has broad-based industrial experience in process engineering, facility operations optimization, financial analysis, and strategic business development. Mr. Creelman has played an instrumental role in the design, construction, and optimization of the company’s production systems, as well as the assembly of an extensive network of product development, distribution, marketing, and sales partners. Prior to joining Newlight, Mr. Creelman worked in various strategic development positions at Mercer Management Consulting and Pak Sak Industries. Mr. Creelman graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and Economics (Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®).
Prior to Newlight, Mr. Stoppert served as CEO at Segetis, Inc. and Rivertop Renewables, two leading renewable chemical companies. From 2001-2008, Mr. Stoppert led The Industrial BioProducts Business Unit at Cargill, which focused on commercializing renewable platforms to produce chemicals and plastics. Two of the opportunities Mr. Stoppert developed, Elevance and BiOH, are now operating as successful standalone businesses. Mr. Stoppert has more than 35 years of commercial experience in the chemicals industry. In 1997, Mr. Stoppert was appointed first CEO of Cargill Dow LLC (now NatureWorks LLC), which he helped grow into what is today the most successful bioplastics company in the world, moving hundreds of millions of pounds of renewably produced (from corn) plastic on an annual basis. Prior to Natureworks, Mr. Stoppert held several positions with The Dow Chemical Company, heading major Dow Plastics businesses, including a 1.2 billion pound per year styrenics division, as well as spearheading major environmental issues for Dow's Global Plastics business. From 2000-2009, Mr. Stoppert served on the Board of Directors for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Three of the businesses Mr. Stoppert led have been awarded the prestigious Presidential Green Chemistry Award.
Jim Lunt, Ph.D.
Prior to Newlight, Dr. Lunt pioneered the product development, applications and Asia business development activities to commercialize Polylactic Acid (PLA) polymers for Natureworks, LLC. Investment by two multi-national giants of almost $1 billion has resulted in what is today the most significant emerging global plastics/fibers business based on non-petroleum based renewable resources. Dr. Lunt served as the Technical Director responsible for the creation of leading-edge technologies, such as a TPE business in the USA for Sarlink™ PVC, and polyolefin dynamically vulcanized products. TPE’s are now a multi-million dollar business, replacing traditional vulcanized rubber in a variety of commodity and specialty automotive parts. Earlier, Dr. Lunt created and commercialized closed cell phenolic foams for the construction roofing industry. His innovation overcame the issues and concerns of toxicity of gases produced by combustion of polyurethane foams which are the mainstay of the roofing insulation industry. Previously, he pioneered the development and commercialization of long glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics by bringing together diverse technologies of polymer coatings, glass fiber manufacture and polymer melt processing. This combined technology revolutionized the glass fiber reinforced thermoplastics industry. For the first time, injection molded glass fiber composites with the modulus and impact of metals could be produced cost effectively at commercial scale. Dr. Lunt’s specialization has led to diversification activities for both large commodity and engineered plastics companies seeking business growth in the areas of polymer blends and alloys, impact modified and flame retardant products, UV resistance, biodegradable plastics and a number of other specialty properties for product and market differentiation. Dr. Lunt’s work experience and residence in Europe, Canada, USA, and Asia provides a global perspective and knowledge of how to conduct business in diverse cultures. Dr. Lunt has co-authored numerous publications and has been an invited speaker at conferences worldwide. A recipient of the Presidential Green Chemistry Award in 2002, Dr. Lunt is also the co-inventor on more than 20 patents in various fields, all involving performance polymers and chemistry solutions in new and emerging applications.
Dave E. Henton, Ph.D.
Prior to Newlight, Dr. Henton served as Senior Scientist for The Dow Chemical Company, and was the Chairman of The Dow Chemical Company’s Materials Technical Advisory Board until his retirement in January 2004. Dr. Henton received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri at St. Louis in 1967 and was awarded The American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal Award as the top chemistry graduate. He received a NASA Fellowship to attend graduate school at the University of Kansas and received the H.P. Cady Award given to the most outstanding first year graduate student in chemistry. Dr. Henton received an M.S. degree in Organic Chemistry in 1969 from KU and then served two years in the Army Chemical Corp at Edgewood Arsenal, MD. After receiving an honorable discharge from the Army, Dr. Henton received a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Organic Chemistry in 1973. Dr. Henton joined The Dow Chemical Company that same year in the Plastics Department and spent 20 years developing new products and processes. Today, The Dow Chemical Company sells millions of pounds annually of ABS resins and polymer blends based on technology developed and patented by Dr. Henton. Dr. Henton also spent several years working on super adsorbent resins, developing fundamentals of acrylic acid polymerization, cross linking, and structure-property relationships in gels. He spent the last eight years of his Dow career in the Corporate R&D Materials Department as a Senior Scientist developing technology for PET, thermoplastic composites, nylon fibers, and Polylactic Acid (for NatureWorks LLC). Dr. Henton holds over 30 U.S. patents and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on polymers and plastics. Dr. Henton was also the 1999 recipient of the ACS Award for Outstanding Achievement and Promotion of the Chemical Sciences, the 2004 ACS Regional Innovation Award for development of commercially important polymers for The Dow Chemical Company, and many internal Dow Chemical awards for his work.
Glenn H. Fredrickson, Ph.D.
Dr. Fredrickson is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and holds the Mitsubishi Chemical Chair in Functional Materials. He serves as Director of UCSB's Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) and Director of the Complex Fluids Design Consortium (CFDC). Dr. Fredrickson obtained his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1984 and subsequently joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he was named Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in 1989. In 1990 he moved to the UCSB, joining the faculties of the Chemical Engineering and Materials Departments. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1998 to 2001 and in 2001 founded the MC-CAM. Dr. Fredrickson has over 250 publications, 10 patents published or pending, and a long-standing interest in the self- assembly principles and structure-property relations of polymeric materials. His research is primarily theoretical and computational and has been most recently focused on developing novel field-based computer simulation strategies to assist the design of multi-component plastics and polymer solution formulations. Honors include an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Sloan Fellowship, the Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Dillon Medal and Polymer Physics Prize of the American Physical Society (APS), the Alpha Chi Sigma Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Fredrickson serves as Corporate Science and Technology Advisor to Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsubishi Plastics Inc, and is the Executive Director of the KAITEKI Institute of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation.