WHO WE ARE
Innovators Passionate About
Advancing a Net Zero Society.
Our story begins in 2018 at the University of Oxford. Three innovative students came together at Oxford’s Thermofluids Institute — one of the UK’s premier institutes for aerospace technology.
It was through their collaboration and shared passion for sustainability that Qdot Technology was born.
Flying Far and High
Qdot’s vision is simple: to enable clean flight.
But our story is far from finished.
At Qdot, we believe that hybrid propulsion systems are the sustainable solution. Our emission-free hybrid electric propulsion systems improve aircraft efficiency and performance.
To date, we have raised over £1.6M in pre-seed funding, over £2.6M in grant funding, and £700,000 from consulting to develop Qdot’s core technologies. Our high-value tech innovations have also received recognition across other industries. Currently, Qdot supports Tokamak Energy in engineering critical systems for their nuclear fusion reactor.
At Qdot, we believe that doing good is a great investment.
Meet the Team
Manufacturing Research Engineer
Tom joined Qdot in 2020 after earning his integrated engineering master’s degree, with a specialization in heat recovery and thermofluids, from the University of Oxford. Tom also leverages the knowledge in materials sourcing and procurement that he acquired through multiple process optimization and lean manufacturing and logistics internships at Roll-Royce to help build a resilient supply chain.
Aerothermal Research Engineer
Zach has a background in heat transfer research in the aerothermal and fusion fields, with a particular focus on developing experimental test systems. He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in heat transfer at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute, where he manages a state-of-the-art laser testing facility while investigating the heat transfer performance of supercritical carbon dioxide under intense thermal loads
Dr. Martin Rogall
Lead Battery Engineer
Dr. Martin Rogall is the Lead Battery Engineer at Qdot Technology.
Martin’s professional journey in the realm of sustainable energy solutions began with the acquisition of an electrical engineering degree in Germany. Driven by a passion for advancing battery technology, Martin pursued a doctorate specializing in battery packs at WMG.
Equipped with a wealth of academic knowledge and practical experience, Martin made a seamless transition to Qdot Technology, integrating an extensive academic and industrial expertise to spearhead the design of sustainable and high-energy density batteries.
Dr. Daniel Fahy
Lead Aerothermal Engineer
Dr. Daniel Fahy is the Lead Aerothermal Engineer at Qdot Technology.
Daniel joined Qdot in 2020, bringing with him a remarkable academic background and expertise in the field of heat transfer. Prior to joining the company, he successfully earned his doctorate from the prestigious Thermofluids Institute at the University of Oxford, where his research centred around heat transfer in gas turbines.
Daniel’s exceptional contributions in this area were recognized by the UK National Heat Transfer Committee, who awarded him the esteemed title of ‘Best Thesis in Heat Transfer.’ Furthermore, his outstanding capabilities and innovative mindset garnered him international recognition through notable accolades such as the Stratasys Design Challenge and the Airbus Challenge.
Dr. Jack Nicholas
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer
Jack earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oxford developing heat transfer technology for nuclear fusion reactors. After completing his doctorate, he served as a research fellow at the University of Oxford where he led the design of a £1 million facility for testing next-generation gas turbine materials in collaboration with industry.
Prof. Peter Ireland
Peter is Head of the Oxford Thermofluids Institute and holds the Donald Schultz Chair in Turbomachinery. He is a Fellow of St. Catherine’s College, the Institute of Mechanical Engineering, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
At the University of Oxford, his research group has focussed on the technologies used to cool aero-engines and to decarbonise flight. He has published more than 230 refereed papers, supervised 28 D.Phil. doctoral graduates, and is a co-inventor for over 25 patents. He directly supervises a group of 16 students and postdoctoral researchers.
Between 2007 and 2011 he was the UK Corporate Specialist in Heat Transfer at Rolls-Royce Aerospace where he held the senior heat transfer specialist role for projects involving turbines, fuel cells, nuclear power, fire modeling, manufacture, instrumentation, heat exchangers, power electronic cooling and combustion.
Peter co-founded two companies that spun out from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Holt Wong
Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Holt Wong is the co-founder and COO of Qdot Technology.
Holt’s journey as a researcher began during his doctoral studies at the prestigious Oxford Thermofluids Institute (OTI), where his focus centred around aerospace thermal management. There, Holt made groundbreaking advancements, developing novel intellectual property and pioneering experimental techniques. These contributions have not only been widely adopted in both academic and industrial settings but have also significantly enhanced cooling effectiveness in the most demanding areas of gas turbine engines while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency.
Motivated by the potential for transformative change in the realm of clean energy, Holt co-founded Qdot. By harnessing the collective thermal management intellectual property and expertise of the team, the company is committed to driving aggressive advancements in clean energy solutions. This includes pushing the boundaries in areas ranging from nuclear fusion power to achieving zero-carbon-emissions flight.
Holt’s visionary leadership and dedication to tackling the challenges of clean energy make him a driving force behind Qdot’s mission to revolutionize the energy landscape.
Strategy and Business Development Officer
Omar is leveraging his MBA from the University of Oxford and his chemical engineering degree from the University of Waterloo to bridge the technical and commercial aspects of Qdot.
In addition to founding and managing a sustainable materials company, he has served as a process engineer and project engineer on the construction of a $920 million froth treatment facility, and as the project engineer for projects totaling $458 million in the Oil Sands Patch in Alberta.
Lead Manufacturing Engineer
Danny Lloyd is the Lead Manufacturing Engineer at Qdot.
With a diverse range of experiences in Additive Manufacturing (AM), Danny possesses extensive expertise across various sectors, applications, and technologies. Previously, he held the position of Additive Manufacturing Lead at Arrival, where he made significant contributions to the advancement of AM practices. Prior to that, Danny worked as a Research Engineer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), further honing his skills in the field.
With a degree in Nuclear Science & Materials from the University of Birmingham, his valuable insights and expertise in AM have led him to be appointed as an IAMQC Council Member, serving as an Additive Manufacturing Expert in Industry.
Dr. Ehsan Ahmad
Lead Fuel Cell Systems Engineer
Dr. Ehsan Ahmad is the Lead Fuel Cell Systems Engineer at Qdot.
With a strong educational foundation in Chemistry and Nanomaterials, he pursued his doctoral studies at Imperial College London, focusing on the field of Fuel Cells. During this time, Ehsan made significant contributions to the research and development of fuel cell technologies. Prior to embarking on his current role at Qdot, he assumed leadership in pioneering the development of innovative corrosion prevention strategies for BP at the International Centre for Advanced Materials.
Driven by his passion for sustainable energy solutions, Ehsan dedicated his expertise to the exploration of reversible fuel cells as part of his involvement with the Joint University Industry Consortium for Energy and Devices.
Dr. Mat Hunt
Dr. Mat Hunt is the Applied Mathematician at Qdot.
Mat Hunt is an accomplished applied mathematician with a diverse background in both academia and industry. Specializing in the development of mathematical models in continuum mechanics, he has established himself as an expert in the field.
Throughout his career, Mat has successfully led numerous programs focused on exploring free surface flows influenced by external electromagnetic fields, resulting in the publication of several prominent papers in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, Mat has gained valuable experience in the realm of industrial applied mathematics, making significant contributions to the railway and nuclear sectors.
Robert is currently Octopus Investments’ Director for the Middle East, leading Octopus’ relationships across all asset classes with Middle Eastern investors.
Prior to Octopus, Robert was a senior British diplomat specialising in Gulf investment into the UK. He spent four years as the UK Government’s Head of Investment for Saudi Arabia, and two years as the Director for Investment Middle East, based in the UAE, during which time he played a leading role in securing the £10 billion UAE-UK Sovereign Investment Partnership. He was awarded an MBE in the 2020 Queen’s Honours for services to UK Trade and Investment.
Prior to his government service, Robert spent five years in London working for a number of investment banks, including UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Robert holds degrees from the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.
John Patterson is a former Army officer whose final appointment was as a board member and executive director responsible for a £3.5bn pa portfolio including information systems; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. John now advises innovative tech companies, including experts in engineering; machine learning; medical technology; space, surveillance, and uncrewed systems. He is on the advisory board of the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund and of Bean Partners, a strategy and corporate finance advisory firm. He’s also a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Stop the Traffik, a UK-based global charity dedicated to ending human trafficking; and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.