About Us

Zeta Energy was founded in 2014 to develop and commercialize safe rechargeable batteries that are higher performing, lower cost and sustainably manufactured. Zeta has filed more than thirty patents on its proprietary anode and cathode technology. Zeta's management team collectively has more than 100 years of experience in developing and commercializing new technology.

Our Team


Charles Maslin

Founder / CEO

25+ years building companies. Last start-up earned stakeholders over $100m in a 5-year period. BS in Economics, JD from NY Law and Executive Program at U Penn/Wharton.


Tom Pilette

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / Head of Product Development

30+ years experience in product development, advanced material and manufacturing focusing on energy systems and new technology for auto industry.  Former Global VP of Product & Process Development for Magna International.


Dr. Abdul-Rahman Raji

Chief Technology Officer

10+ years' experience as a materials scientist/nanotechnologist. Developed the core LB technology based on GCNT at Rice University under Prof. James Tour. Former head of graphene battery technology research at U of Cambridge.


Michael Liedtke

Head of Business Development

Executive with extensive energy storage experience. Former VP of Business Development for Maxwell Technologies and Sr. VP of Skeleton Technologies. Strong automotive and aviation background positions at BMW Group, Daimler and Boeing.


Dr. Rodrigo Salvatierra

Chief Science Officer

Chemist with 10+ years of experience in research & development. Formerly a postdoctoral fellow under Prof. James Tour with responsibility for cathode development, new anode technology and initial scale up.


Dr. Melissa Schilling

Head of Strategic Marketing & Innovation

25+ years of formulating strategy for firms in high technology industries and advising on innovation management. Author of the most widely used innovation strategy textbook in the world. PhD from University of Washington.


Michael Zemble

Chief Financial Officer

Financial executive with 20+ years of manufacturing experience in the automotive, medical, scientific & CP sectors. Expert in corporate controls and polices for rapidly growing entities. BA in Economics from Yale, MBA in Finance from Wharton.

Tuo Wang

Senior Battery Scientist

Rice PhD chemist and materials scientist with research experience since 2011. Conducted 7 independent projects in a 4-year PhD program under Prof. James Tour. Developed ultrafast charging Li anodes and invented battery safety mechanisms.

Todd Foley

Head of Government and Investor Relations

Former SVP of ACORE. 30 years of experience in energy, regulatory policy and technology commercialization.


Dr. Joseph Laux

Head of Materials Industrialization

Harvard PhD Chemist. Over 30 years of experience in advanced materials with BMW, Dow Chemicals and Magna.

Our Advisors


Dr. James Tour

Rice University – World renowned materials chemist with successful technology commercialization record.

Dr. George Crabtree

Director of Joint Center for Energy Storage, Argonne National Lab. Research lead on next-generation energy storage technology.

Arthur Behiel

Patent attorney with over 20 years of experience writing, prosecuting &
litigating patents.

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Göschel

Former member BMW Group Board of Management, EVP, R&D and Purchasing. Former CTO of Magna International. Founder of Formula E.

Forest Baskett

General Partner at NEA with a focus on information and energy technology investments.

Richard Garfinkel

35 years experience in sales, marketing and commercialization in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

General Mike Dudzik

VP Science and Technology for Lockheed
Martin. Nationally recognized new
technology commercialization expert.

George Kreigler

Former COO Maxwell Technologies, Executive Quantum Technologies.

Dr. Paul Klotman

CEO, Baylor College of Medicine. Board of medical device companies and with Texas Medical Center Innovation Platform.

Alan James

Former Chairman of Maquarie Capital.  30 years of experience in energy and infrastructure sectors with over $30 billion in transactions.

Hon. Jason Greenblatt

Partner at Our Crowd and former White House Special Envoy to the Middle East.

Thomas Steinberg

Former President of Tisch Family Interests. Lead underwriter/director in over $8 billion in transactions.