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Max Christie PDF Print E-mail

max christieAfter graduating from University, Max joined the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) in January 1994. From 1994 – 2000 he worked for ECN in Holland on several European Government funded Solid Oxide Fuel Cell development projects which aimed to develop, manufacture and supply active ceramic components used in small scale combined heat and power systems to several European Power Companies. The developed technology was used as the basis to start a new company, Innovative Dutch Electronic Ceramics (InDEC b.v.) as a spin off to the Dutch National Lab.

Max joined Praxair, Inc. as a Development Associate at the technology center in Tonawanda, NY in June 2000 and assumed the role of R&D Manager for the ceramic membranes group in 2004. Since that time he has led teams that have developed and commercialized a point of use, high purity oxygen generator based on dense zirconia membranes trademarked as StarGenTM. The team has also prototyped inert gas purification systems using zirconia membranes as well as commercialized rotatable ceramic sputtering targets used in the fabrication of photovoltaic cells.

Over several years Praxair and the US Department of Energy have invested tens of millions of dollars in mixed conducting, ceramic membrane technology that facilitates a step change in the cost associated with the conversion of natural gas to syngas. Praxair has developed a world class capability in ceramic materials and manufacturing, reactor engineering and systems integration for various applications. Since 2012, in his current position as Praxair’s R&D Director for Ceramic Membranes, Max is responsible for the materials development and ceramic module manufacturing associated with the scale-up and commercialization of the technology.

Max has a B.Eng in Ceramic Science and Engineering from the University of Leeds, 1990 and a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College, London, 1994. He has 14 issued US Patents and several pending.


 

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