Scientific Advisory Board

The Hydrogen Optimized Scientific Advisory Board supports the ongoing technological advancement of the company’s patented RuggedCell™ high-power water electrolyzers. The Advisory Board is composed of distinguished scientists and academics who review Hydrogen Optimized’s technology objectives and provide ongoing critical assessment of our key achievements. They also provide knowledgeable third-party support for customers’ and investors’ evaluation of the RuggedCell™ platform.

Advisory Board Members

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Gregory Jerkiewicz, PhD, M.Eng.


Dr. Gregory Jerkiewicz, a Professor in Queen’s University Department of Chemistry, studied Chemical Engineering-Engineering Chemistry and Solid-State Physics at Gdansk University of Technology, Poland, in the 1980s. He immigrated to Canada in 1985 and, in 1991, earned a doctorate at the University of Ottawa. There, he received several awards including the prestigious Noranda Bradfield Fellowship supported by the Electrolyser Corporation and the late Alexander K. Stuart. In 1992, he was awarded a special Research Professorship by the Ministry of Natural Resources of Quebec and held this position at the Université de Sherbrooke until 2002 when he moved to Queen’s University. He was also a junior holder of a Hydrogen Research Chair while at Sherbrooke.

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Bruno G. Pollet, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FRSC

Board Member

Dr. Bruno G. Pollet, Professor of Chemistry at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), was educated at Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and Coventry University, England, where he earned his doctorate. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry, and Adjunct Professor in Renewable Energy at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Dr. Pollet, regarded as one of the most prominent hydrogen experts in the world, is President of the Green Hydrogen Division at International Association for Hydrogen Energy, and has worked on hydrogen energy in the UK, Japan, South Africa, Norway and Canada. At UQTR, he is Co-Director of the Institute for Hydrogen Research (Institut de Recherche sur l’Hydrogène).

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Pavel Gris, PhD, FRSC, C. Chem

Board Member

Dr. Pavel Gris is Chief Scientist of the KEY group of companies and an Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo. At KEY, Dr. Gris provides member companies of the group’s deuterium and hydrogen divisions with scientific assessments, critical analysis of research activity fundamentals, and deep scientific review of each company’s research and development initiatives. Since joining the KEY group in 2018, his primary focus has been to lead scientific and analytic activities to develop and manufacture deuterated precursors for the pharmaceutical industry as well as deuterated intermediates for the electronics industry. He also evaluates and develops catalyst technology for hydrogen molecule reactions. Within KEY’s deuterium division, Dr. Gris is active in academic collaborations funded by MITACS and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), product and catalyst development, and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC). He is an active member of the company’s deuterium CMO (contract manufacturing organization) team.