Get to know the brains behind the operation! Prior to the foundation of CarbeniumTec in June 2020, our researchers published more than 50 scientific publications and filed for several patent applications, and our COO founded multiple companies to advance renewable energy.

Prof. Thomas L. Gianetti

CEO and Co-Founder

Dr. Gianetti is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona. He received his degrees from CPE Lyon, an engineering school in France, with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering. He then pursued his Ph.D. studies at the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of professors John Arnold and Bob Bergman, followed by a post-doctoral position at the ETH Zürich with Professor Grützmacher. During his career, he has acquired strong expertise in inorganic and organic chemistry, catalysis, energy storage and electrochemical analysis. He received numerous awards, authored more than 35 scientific papers and five patent applications.

Dr. Jules Moutet

CTO and Co-Founder

Dr. Moutet is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona. He received his Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from University Joseph Fourier in 2014, and his Ph.D. degree from University Grenoble Alpes (UGA) in 2017. After that, he continued his postdoctoral studies at the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau (l’X) from May 2018 to October 2019. In January 2020 he moved to Arizona to work with Professor Gianetti. Dr. Moutet authored more than 17 scientific papers and two patent applications.

Dr. Phil Lacovara

COO and Co-Founder

Dr. Lacovara trained as a physicist at the University of Chicago and Boston College and enjoyed a successful career in laser and optical sensor research at Los Alamos National Lab, the US Naval Research Lab, MIT Lincoln Lab, and in industry.  In 2000 he founded his first company, Ambalux, to develop new optical sensor and communication products and he later formed multiple companies to advance renewable energy.  After successful exits from his other businesses, he is now focused on building Carbeniumtec into a key contributor to our greener future.

Meet the Advisory Board

Steven Wood

Mentor-in-Residence at TLA

Steven Wood brings 25 years of startup and executive management experience to the Tech Launch Arizona team.

Prof. Neal Armstrong

Emeritus Professor at the University of Arizona