WHY ARE WE HERE?

The answer must be given by our children. Because everything we do is our legacy to them. Everything we do should be for a future worth living. That's why we at C1 have been thinking: What can we do to tackle humanity's greatest existential challenge - climate change? And we are convinced: We can achieve a turnaround, with technology.

Because it's not just about what we do, but how we do it. We are completely rethinking chemical production processes and looking at the atomic level to do so. Through computer simulations, we see groundbreaking potentials that were not visible before.

Methanol. A substance that powers our industry. It is one of the most produced basic chemicals and powers a number of chemical production processes. But above all, it powers the global greenhouse effect. The process is based on fossil fuels and 100 years old. Fully optimized.

We have found a competitive way to produce methanol from non-fossil feedstocks. Green methanol. No matter the scale. It’s nothing less but a milestone. It will make shipping and the chemical industry carbon neutral. It saves several gigatons of CO₂ – every single year. It will help to stop climate change.  

We think this is a good reason for being here.
So, why are you here?

Re-inventing chemistry

C1 develops disruptive chemical production processes by rethinking them from the atomic level all the way up to production scale. We explore new chemistries by employing quantum-chemical simulations and selected experiments and transfer them into proprietary production technology.

Designing green processes

We develop & scale our new technologies based on renewable feedstocks & energy. From the very first steps in the development of a production process, we design it to enable closed carbon loops. Without any compromise.

Decarbonizing industries

With our climate-friendly chemical technologies we support industries in their net zero journey. Our first disruption is the proprietary C1 methanol technology. It unlocks green methanol production by overcoming long- standing challenges.

GREEN METHANOL

FOSSIL
FEEDSTOCKS

Methanol is currently based on fossil carbon sources such as gas or coal (feedstock).

METHANOL
PRODUCTION

The feedstock is converted into methanol, where the carbon is bound chemically. The current production process needs large amounts of fossil fuel for heating, leading to high CO₂ emissions.

ESTABLISHED
APPLICATIONS

The methanol is converted into many other products, including furniture and plastics.

CARBON EMISSIONS
AT END OF LIFE

By burning the products at end of life, the carbon contained from the feedstock is released as CO₂ into the atmosphere.

GREEN TRANSITIONS

In the transition to net zero, we need to close the carbon cycle and substitute fossil feedstock and fuel by renewable sources such as renewable energy, biomass or captured CO₂.

Fossil Feedstocks

FOSSIL
FEEDSTOCKS

Methanol is currently based on fossil carbon sources such as gas or coal (feedstock).
Methanol Production

METHANOL
PRODUCTION

The feedstock is converted into methanol, where the carbon is bound chemically. The current production process needs large amounts of fossil fuel for heating, leading to high CO₂ emissions: per tonne methanol, more than one tonne of CO₂ is emitted.
established applications

ESTABLISHED APPLICATIONS

The methanol is converted into many other products, including furniture and plastics.
Carbon emissions at end of life

CARBON EMISSIONS AT END OF LIFE

By burning the products at end of life, the carbon contained from the feedstock is released as CO₂ into the atmosphere.
Green Transition

GREEN TRANSITION

In the transition to net zero, we need to close the carbon cycle and substitute fossil feedstock and fuel by renewable sources such as renewable energy, biomass or captured CO₂.

Decarbonization beyond chemistry

Green methanol will play a pivotal role not only in the de-fossilization of carbon-based chemical industry but is also emerging as the alternative fuel for net-zero shipping. The resulting carbon saving potential lies in the order of several gigatons per year.

the methanol challenge

Methanol Circle
Methanol production is a hundred-year-old chemical process. The feedstock is converted into a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide – called syngas.
The syngas is transformed into methanol in a reactor. This requires a catalyst, which enables & speeds up the reaction.
The state-of-the-art catalyst dates back to the 60s without major breakthroughs since then. It operates only at high pressures and temperatures with low feedstock conversions.
This causes high cost and large CO₂ emissions – but more importantly, it does not allow to use decentralized, often more expensive green feedstocks economically.
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The C1 methanol process

Our proprietary methanol production chemistry consists of a new catalyst system, working at significantly lower pressures and temperatures. The catalyst is deployed in a cutting-edge reactor, designed specifically for the use of green feedstocks. The resulting economic and technical advantages enable us to use renewable feedstocks to produce green methanol.

OUR TEAM

We are a complementary team made up of successful serial entrepreneurs, highly renowned senior catalysis & chemical engineering scientists and climate-tech strategy consultants. We are backed by an experienced, high-profile board of directors and a world-class scientific advisory board.

Carbon One Team

MANAGEMENT BOARD

Christian Vollmann

Christian Vollmann

Chief Executive Officer

Christian is a passionate entrepreneur. He has built several companies from zero to successful exit, including a listing on the NYSE. His three kids challenge him to go from contributor to climate change to becoming part of the solution. Christian is dedicated to make a significant contribution to the 1.5 degrees goal of the Paris climate agreement.

Dr. Marek Checinski

Chief Scientific Officer

Marek discovered his enthusiasm for natural sciences already as a teenager. He gained early laboratory experience at Lise-Meitner School of Science. After studying chemistry at the Humboldt University of Berlin and earning his doctorate in catalysis at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT), he recognized early on the importance of quantum mechanical simulations for the future of chemical research. He established CreativeQuantum GmbH, one of the world's leading service providers in this field. Marek is the inventor of C1 technology and uses his pioneering know-how at C1 purposefully to develop climate-friendly chemical processes.
Dr. Ralph Krähnert

Dr. Ralph Krähnert

Chief Technology Officer

Ralph is passionate about scientific knowledge and its technical application. As a habilitated engineer (LIKAT, TU Berlin and BasCat), he develops novel catalyst technologies. His contribution to the success of the green transition are novel electrodes for efficient water electrolysis as well as catalysts for the direct conversion of hydrogen into chemical storage molecules.
Dr. Christoph Zehe

Dr. Christoph Zehe

Chief Commercial Officer

Christoph is a sustainable technology enthusiast. Holding a PhD in chemistry, he developed lithium-ion batteries at Bosch and Continental before consulting companies in cleantech and climate change at Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Christoph’s vision is to contribute to climate protection by developing and implementing sound technological solutions.

Supervisory Board

Dirk Radzinski

Dirk Radzinski

Chairman of the Board

Dirk is CEO and Co-founder of xolo GmbH, deeply rooted in photochemistry excellence. He is a deep science serial entrepreneur and shaped the initial vision of C1 together with Marek. Dirk has a clear focus on translating excellence in science into reality and combining the execution and scaling speed of start-ups with the brain power and thoughtfulness of scientists.
Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht

Dr. Jürgen Hambrecht

Vice Chairman of the Board

Jürgen Hambrecht obtained his doctorate in Chemistry in 1975 from the University of Tübingen, Germany and worked for BASF for more than 45 years in various roles worldwide, most recently as Chairman of the Executive Board (2003-2011) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board (2014-2020). He served on the Supervisory Boards of Lufthansa, Daimler, Fuchs Petrolub and others. Currently he is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Trumpf GmbH & Co. KG, Member of the Supervisory Boards of Aya Gold & Silver Inc (Canada), Nyxoah S.A.(Belgium) and founder/ investor in a number of start-ups.
Dr. Udo Jung

Dr. Udo Jung

Board Member

Dr. Jung was a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) from 1990 to 2019. He founded and led both the chemical and petrochemical sectors at BCG. He is a proven expert in chemical distribution and chemical circular economy.
Since 2019, Dr. Jung has been a senior advisor at BCG. In addition, he is active as an investor and business angel in start-ups with a chemical and life sciences focus.

Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller

Prof. Dr. Matthias Beller

Prof. Beller obtained his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Göttingen. After a scientific guest stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he worked for five years in the chemical industry in Frankfurt am Main. In 1996 he took over the professorship for "Inorganic Chemistry" at the Technical University of Munich. Since 1998, he has held the professorship for catalysis at the University of Rostock and heads the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT) there. He deals with one of the key technologies of the new millennium: catalysis

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NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

March 31, 2022
With Quantum Chemistry and Prominent Investors to Green Methanol
Berlin-based start-up aims to make the chemical industry more sustainable and less dependent on fossil imports / Jürgen Hambrecht, Wolfgang Reitzle and Jim Hagemann Snabe among investors