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Shafiq Kabir appointed head of volume processes within the hydrogen business area

Smoltek Hydrogen has appointed Shafiq Kabir as Head of Volume Processes. Shafiq is the founder of Smoltek and he methodically created the company's technology platform and patent portfolio until January 2021, when he took a break from the nanotechnology industry for pursuing an Executive MBA-program.

March 20, 2023

Shafiq Kabir foun­ded Smol­tek in Decem­ber 2005, out of sci­entif­ic curi­os­ity and with the ambi­tion to devel­op tech­nic­al solu­tions based on nano­struc­tures that can be use­ful in many fields. Since the start, he has meth­od­ic­ally developed the com­pany’s tech­no­logy plat­form based on cata­lyt­ic growth of con­duct­ive nano­struc­tures, and where much of the applic­a­tion devel­op­ment has been focused on car­bon nanofibers.

“I star­ted Smol­tek because of my ambi­tion to drive my research res­ults in nan­o­tech­no­logy towards indus­tri­al use. By switch­ing to devel­op­ment on a com­mer­cial basis, we wanted to make the pos­sib­il­it­ies of nan­o­tech­no­logy avail­able on a much lar­ger scale.”

Shafiq Kabir

Smol­tek’s big break­through came around 2017, when the semi­con­duct­or industry showed a sig­ni­fic­ant interest in the com­pany’s capa­cit­or tech­no­logy (CNF-MIM) – a tech­no­logy based on cre­at­ing energy-effi­cient com­pon­ents with smal­ler form factors and with main­tained elec­tric­al per­form­ance. The com­pany’s capa­cit­or tech­no­logy has now developed into its own busi­ness area, where the group com­pany Smol­tek Semi is today in the pro­cess of devel­op­ing and com­mer­cial­iz­ing ultra-thin capa­cit­ors togeth­er with YAGEO, one of the world’s largest man­u­fac­tur­ers of pass­ive elec­tron­ic components.

In 2020, Smol­tek began to eval­u­ate oth­er areas for the com­pany’s nan­o­tech­no­logy plat­form, and the fol­low­ing year this effort star­ted to focus on using the tech­no­logy for the huge growth of the fossil-free hydro­gen mar­ket. Today, the hydro­gen busi­ness is run by the group com­pany Smol­tek Hydro­gen, which plans for a large scale-up of the com­pany’s tech­no­logy solu­tions to elec­tro­lyz­ers – a mar­ket seg­ment with­in the green hydro­gen eco­nomy that is estim­ated to increase from today’s SEK 30 bil­lion to SEK 650 bil­lion in 2030,1 of which around 10%2 is address­able to Smoltek’s cell material.

Shafiq is back in Smol­tek – with a focus on scal­ing up volume pro­cesses
As the founder of Smol­tek, Shafiq Kabir has been the driv­ing force behind the devel­op­ment of Smol­tek’s tech­no­logy and he served as the Chief Innov­a­tion Officer of the com­pany until Janu­ary 2021, when he took a break from the nan­o­tech­no­logy industry to com­plete an Exec­ut­ive MBA program.

“I am pas­sion­ate about green tech­no­logy. And now that Smol­tek is invest­ing in fossil-free hydro­gen, it’s the per­fect match for me. It is about how to cre­ate the right innov­a­tion cul­ture and part­ner­ships to devel­op tech­no­logy for fossil-free raw mater­i­als and energy types in order to reach the goal of car­bon diox­ide-neut­ral emis­sions, or towards “net-zero”.

Shafiq Kabir, Head of Volume Pro­cesses at Smol­tek Hydrogen

In his new role, Shafiq will be head of volume pro­cesses in the group com­pany Smol­tek Hydro­gen, where he will devel­op and eval­u­ate con­cepts for volume man­u­fac­tur­ing of Smotek’s cell mater­i­al to elec­tro­lyz­ers (ECM) which is now being developed. The focus will be on the actu­al pro­cesses used to pro­duce nano­struc­tures and coat­ings in order to suc­cess­fully scale them up to indus­tri­al man­u­fac­tur­ing. The over­all goal is to deliv­er the desired product char­ac­ter­ist­ics even in mass pro­duc­tion. Work­ing closely with the entire Smol­tek Hydro­gen team, Shafiq will be involved in all ongo­ing pro­jects around man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion, iridi­um depos­ition and whole cell eval­u­ations for the cell mater­i­al that are done in day-to-day operations.

“The mar­ket for green hydro­gen pro­duc­tion is grow­ing rap­idly, and and Smol­tek Hydro­gen­’s mater­i­als tech­no­logy for iridi­um coat­ing (ECM) to elec­tro­lyz­ers allows the com­pany to lower the cost of new elec­tro­lyz­ers as the industry scales up and iridi­um prices soar. The mater­i­al tech­no­logy also offers great oppor­tun­it­ies to reduce the size of new hydro­gen plants”.

Ellinor Ehrn­berg, Pres­id­ent of Smol­tek Hydrogen
  1. Source: Glob­al Mar­ket Insights 
  2. Source: Fraunhofer 

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