Leading the clean air transformation; CTO Dr. William Ramsay, PhD

Our Chief Technology Officer was instrumental in winning the Horizon 2020 €2.5 million grant from European Union's research and innovation program. 

June 07 2021

Dr. William Ramsay is responsible for all the research and technology development at Daphne. He also oversees our growing patent portfolio. 

William's scientific background is multidisciplinary but has always revolved around chemistry. He completed his BSc in Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Canada, followed by Master and PhD degrees in Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. He also worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in chemical biology at the University of Oxford. Subsequently, William moved to Santa Barbara in California, the US, to help a startup develop wearable biosensors.

The family brought him back to Europe, Switzerland, and in 2019 William met Dr. Mario Michan (Founder & CEO, Daphne Technology) at the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL). They quickly realised they had complementary skill sets and shared the same vision, and the rest, as they say, is history.

William believes the technology platform (the ECOnverter) combined with Daphne's international and multidisciplinary team makes it a genuinely unique startup. The team consists of highly trained chemists, physicists, and power electronics engineers bringing breakthrough ideas to life; talented mechanical and naval engineers work on the engineering and product design; the sales and marketing team helps clients understand Daphne's products and services. 

Daphne's mission to reduce air pollution and contribute to a cleaner and healthier future is a powerful motivator for William to leverage his expertise.

William explains how the ECOnverter works: 

"High-energy electrons initiate chemical reactions in the exhaust gas to generate reactive species, which react with the pollutants. The reaction between the reactive species and pollutants produces non-hazardous products, which can be upcycled to create valuable by-products. For example, the ECOnverter simultaneously converts SOx and NOx pollutants (generated from burning HFO) to intermediate species that react with ammonia to produce ammonium sulfate and nitrate salts, which is an agricultural fertilizer. The reactions in the ECOnverter combined with our careful consideration of available chemical pathways enable the transformation of waste into value."

William and his team have brought the technology platform to the next level, making the ECOnverter a game-changer solution for emission reduction in the maritime industry. 

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Every challenge is surmountable; every problem has a solution; every goal is achievable.

Dr. William Ramsay
Chief Technology Officer

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