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Influit Energy is a multidisciplinary startup whose core competencies are in material science, electrochemistry, system integration, and product development.

John Katsoudas

INFLUIT ENERGY CEO @ TEDx IIT

CULTURE

We believe in teamwork, agility, and innovation

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CAPITAL

We've secured over $10M in non-dilutive grants and contracts from federal and defense agencies

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CAPABILTIES

Our core capabilities are in basic research, product design and engineering, and product development

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EXPERTISE

We have deep expertise in chemical synthesis, nanofluids, materials science, electrochemistry, and fabrication

COMPANY SNAPSHOT
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Developed in partnership with the US government, we have a track record of winning contracts and successfully hitting milestones with world-class technical partners.

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HISTORY OF INFLUIT ENERGY

The founders of Influit Energy are the original inventors of the NEF technology and have studied the nuances of such systems since its inception. Early-stage research activities began about 9 years ago as a collaborative basic research initiative between Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), with very little initial monetary support. The preliminary investigation results helped secure the joint IIT/ANL ARPA-E award in 2014. These research efforts, directed toward development of NEF technology, indicated obvious challenges that needed to be overcome to transition to the product development phase as a company.  

 

In 2017 Influit Energy secured an NSF Phase I SBIR project followed by a Phase II SBIR supported by DARPA in 2019. Over the course of these two projects, we have taken the prior basic research findings and designed, built, and demonstrated the first 36V NEF battery prototype, showing that it can power a remote controlled 45 lbs jeep.

The existing design of our prototype can be further optimized and customized for specific applications. We have formalized our relationships with our first partner and prospective customer for the NEF technology - Tennant Company and are now developing a mule for testing in real life application on a commercial EUV platform. Over the years we have grown our team and network to include experienced energy and technology experts and entrepreneurs to support our commercialization efforts.

NASA engaged Influit Energy in 2017 to address adoption barriers identified specifically to aerospace’s future electric mobility markets first with a small demonstration contract, followed by the company’s participation in two-year collaborative Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) program for development of a NEF system demonstrator. Currently Influit Energy is working with NASA on the development of a 30kW NEF charger system to be demonstrated by the end of 2022.

CONTRACT & DEVELOPMENT HISTORY
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2022

NEF Gen 2 concept development

$1.22M
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2020

Scaled to even larger battery

$600K
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2017

Created NEF Gen 1 battery prototype

$225K
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2022

Fine-tuning NEF Gen 1 performance

$2M
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2019

Proved opportunity for military applications

$1.5M
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2014

Proved the concept of 'nanoelectrofuels'

$3.5M
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2021

NEF recharging and refueling device

$200K
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2018

Powered-up to commercial application

$1.1M
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2012

Demonstrated rechargeable nanofluid

$350K
Our Team
John Katsoudas

John Katsoudas

Founder, CEO

John is responsible for the company's overall operations and drives Influit's vision.

Alex Duchak

Alex Duchak

Business Development

Alex leads Influit's business development and messaging

Michael Garg

Michael Garg

Prototype Engineer

Michael is responsible for designing and fabricating custom hardware.

Brenn Freebury

Brenn Freebury

Electrical Engineer

Brenn is responsible for the development of the electrical control systems.

Anna Taraboletti Segre

Anna Taraboletti Segre

Executive Administrative Manager

Anna is responsible for Influit Energy's general administration.

Elena Timofeeva, PhD

Elena Timofeeva, PhD

Founder, COO, Director of R&D

Elena is responsible for internal company operations and R&D direction.

Sinjin Acuna

Sinjin Acuna

R&D Engineer

Sinjin is responsible for battery testing, nanofluid design, electrochemical modelling.

Matthew Vazquez

Matthew Vazquez

Chemist

Matthew is responsible for nanomaterial synthesis and leads scale-up effort.

Anastasia Shylnov

Anastasia Shylnov

Prototype Engineer

Anastasia is responsible for design, fabrication and testing of custom hardware.

Carlo Segre, PhD

Carlo Segre, PhD

Founder, CTO, CFO

Carlo serves as the CTO and CFO.

Danny Levy

Danny Levy

Product Architect

Danny is responsible for hardware development, and product visualization.

Mark Warren, PhD

Mark Warren, PhD

R&D Scientist

Mark is responsible for R&D initiatives and system's modelling.

Kyle Ennis

Kyle Ennis

Assistant Chemist

Kyle is responsible for nanomaterial synthesis and assists with scale-up operations.

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If you are passionate about accelerating society’s transition to a sustainable energy future, want to build a career in green energy and believe in science, we want to talk to you.

If you enjoy working with others to design and build creative solutions to a variety of challenging problems, consider joining our agile and innovative team.