Alexander Girau, MS
CEO & Co-Founder

Alexander L. Girau is CEO and Co-Founder of Advano. Alexander has 10+ years’ experience in deep-technology specifically focused on materials, chemicals, and manufacturing which laid the foundation for starting Advano.

As CEO he is responsible for developing the overall strategic vision as well as adroitly assembling the intellectual and capital resources to bring deep-tech innovations to market. Prior to Advano, he was involved in the development and commercialization of Advano’s foundational nanomaterial production and processing technology as a PhD researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University. He also spent significant time in industry as a Chemical Process Engineer for Fortune 50 companies as well as a high-profile renewable biodiesel venture backed by top tier VC groups. Alexander was also at Tulane University as a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University, focusing on the development of 3-Dimensional silicon-carbon composites for lithium-ion batteries, critical to the formation of Advano's first battery prototype.

Alexander is a mentor to many deep-technology start-ups as well as several university-based start-ups associated with Tulane University and the greater Cleantech ecosystem. Alexander is a Y Combinator alum is also a Senior Venture Partner at Pioneer Fund. Alexander graduated with a M.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Tulane University and a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Loyola University.


Shiva Adireddy, PhD, MBA
CTO & Co-Founder

Shiva Adireddy is Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Advano. Through his visionary leadership, Advano has grown in a few years from an inspired idea to a company pushing the boundaries of renewable energy storage. Dr. Adireddy assisted in the recruitment and assembling Advano’s talented team of experts, whose knowledge and experience in R&D, product design, and manufacturing has helped fuel the rapid growth of the company and positioned it as a pioneer in the field of renewable energy. As chief technology officer, Dr. Adireddy continues to shape the company’s technical vision and guides product development from concept through manufacturing.

Dr. Adireddy holds a Ph.D. in Nanomaterials Design and Fabrication from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business. Over the course of the last 12 years, he has compiled an impressive track record in energy & materials entrepreneurship, manufacturing diverse classes of materials to solve problems in the fields of renewable energy and clean technology. His expertise in both the technical and business aspects of nanotechnology is testified to by his authorship of articles in more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and registration of numerous patents.

Prior to founding Advano, Dr. Adireddy served as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Materials Engineering at Tulane. In addition to leading Advano, he has also spent the last five years working extensively with startups as an advisor and mentor.

As a groundbreaking pioneer and accomplished entrepreneur in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology, Dr. Adireddy looks forward to driving further technical and commercial breakthroughs, and to Advano taking its place on the world stage as a leader in innovative technology.


Jonathan Goodman, PhD, JD
VP of IP Strategy

Jonathan Goodman is the VP of Intellectual Property Strategy at Advano. He oversees the development and protection of Advano's growing intellectual assets, including trade secrets, patents, and trademarks. Jonathan further helps focus the business goals on market segments where Advano can achieve monopolistic control.   

Having spent most of his life either in a lab or advising researchers, Jonathan loves seeing technology gain market acceptance and then market dominance. Finding solutions to the scientific and IP challenges facing new technologies is one of his never-ending goals. 

When not thinking about new inventions, Jonathan scuba dives, practices kumdo, and cooks; but mostly he is thinking about new inventions. 

As for pedigree, Jonathan was at a number of schools: U. Delaware (BS Chemistry '94), U. Illinois (Ph.D. '99), MIT (post-doc), Vanderbilt U. (faculty), Chicago-Kent College of Law (JD '09).


Brandy Alvarez
Director of Engineering

Micaela Brandy Alvarez is the Director of Engineering at Advano. She runs, manages, and rules Advano's materials manufacturing efforts with an iron fist. She is the voice of industrial reason on the team, ensuring everyone recognizes and understands the challenges and opportunities for growth.

Prior to Advano, Alvarez brought new to the world consumer products to life, from lab innovation to full-scale manufacturing. She built businesses and organizations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. While at P&G and DuPont, she made improvements to hair care, led major technology changes in projects, executed hair care innovation scale-up, and led engineering efforts from $15MM pilot plants to multiple full production plants ($100MM, two at $70MM) in Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, and the United States.

A New Orleans native, she is thrilled to be back in her hometown driving innovative R&D in the Lithium Battery space. She thrives on the challenges of building the business, from creating capability in personnel to designing scale up. Her leadership brings out the best in others.

When not motivating her team, she enjoys paddleboarding and she loves to sail; really loves to sail. Alvarez graduated from Tulane University with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering.


Shiang Teng, PhD
Director of Battery Development

Shiang Teng is the Director of Battery Development at Advano and leads the Battery Engineering team. Shiang keeps his team focused on battery cell design, fabrication, and testing, with additional efforts in electrode formulation and coating. He is responsible for the application of Advano’s materials in lithium ion batteries.

Prior to joining Advano, Shiang was a senior scientist at Enevate where he collaborated in the development of new silicon materials for high energy density and ultra-fast charging lithium ion batteries. This experience gave Shiang broad knowledge and expertise in the selection and optimization of multiple classes of cathode materials. He also has extensive experience with liquid electrolyte optimization and solid-state electrolyte process development for use with new silicon anodes.

Shiang holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the University of Utah, an MS in Materials Engineering from the California State University of San Jose, a BS in Physics from the University of California – Los Angeles.


Investors, Partners, Stakeholders

Long-term, smart, networked money. Our full list includes investors with confidentiality agreements.


We have advisors across
multiple disciplines:
Science, Finance,
Operations, & Venture.

Brian Mitchell, PhD
  • Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at Tulane University
  • Dean-in-Residence at National Science Foundation
  • AIChE Fellow, Co-investor of Advano core IP
  • 50+ publications, renowned nano-processing expert
Ed Karp, MS
  • 40+ years of experience in international consulting and entrepreneurship.
  • Adjunct Professor in Biomedical Engineering, specialty in Entrepreneurship at Tulane University
  • MS Management (MIT-Sloan), BS Chemical Engineering (Northwestern)
Thomas Mele, PhD
  • 20+ years leadership experience at Applied Materials & Motorola
  • Operational expert focusing at the intersection of Engineering and R&D
  • PhD Electrical Engineering (Cornell), BSEE Electrical Engineering (Delaware)
Mark Fink, PhD
  • Full Professor of Chemistry at Tulane University
  • Silicon chemistry expert, over 100+ publications
  • ACS Fellow, Co-Inventor of Advano core IP
  • Over 30 years of Executive, Director, and VC experience
  • Founder of foundational LiB company
  • Advisor to several Corporate VC groups
  • Advano investor
  • Principal at global investment and advisory firm
  • Inventor of one of the most successful consumer products 
  • Successful former founder and CEO of unicorn company 
  • Used first LiPo battery in a high volume consumer electronic product
  • Advano Investor

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