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Eric has been one of the leading minds in the application of carbon capture technology since his 2013 Columbia PhD thesis on the miniaturization of environmental engineering problems.

Frustrated by the lack of progress in the industry, Eric and Klaus Lackner came up with the idea of a miniaturized CO2-to-fuel system and Eric and Mia co-founded aircela to build it.

Eric grew up in Lund, Sweden, playing the grand piano of his great-grandfather Svante Arrhenius, a Nobel laureate who was the first to calculate the effect of CO2 on the temperature of the earth.

Eric Dahlgren

Co-founder, CEO

Klaus Lackner

Senior Science Advisor

Klaus is known as the "Father of Direct Air Capture", and has been advising the world's governments and large corporations on carbon capture for decades.

Klaus is Director of the Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and a professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University.

Klaus is the inventor of the air capture technology that aircela uses, and has been overseeing the prototyping of carbon capture devices since helping his daughter win her eighth-grade science project in 2006.

Mia Dahlgren

Co-founder, COO

Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and a faculty member at the Institute for Chemicals and Fuels from Alternative Resources (ICFAR), Naomi is our fuel expert.

Before joining Western University, Naomi spent 5 years at the Gas Technology Institute. Her work there included developing processes for CO2 capture and utilization.

Aircela has its high performance fuel thanks to Naomi.

Naomi Klinghoffer

Science Advisor

Chris Larsen

Business Advisor

Mia co-founded Aircela with Eric to apply her degree in Social Sciences by building a mission, team, and culture that matches the importance of the technology we're developing.

With a training in how people think, Mia will ensure that aircela  works for people, as well as for the environment.

Chris is an executive and angel investor focusing on democratizing technologies hitherto monopolized by massive organizations. After founding E-Loan, Prosper Marketplace, and Ripple Labs, Chris has been a board member or advisor for organizations such as Coil Technologies, GiveCrypto and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).Chris is the cofounder of RippleWorks, a philanthropic organization that provides expertise to promising start-ups in the developing world as well as underprivileged communities in the US. The 20 person team has completed over 125 projects since 2015 reaching over 200 million people.

Aircela is honored to have Chris as an investor and advisor since late 2020. He is helping the team understand how to turn our nascent technology into a fast-growing technology company.

We outlined the technology to capture CO2  from the air two decades ago. Since then our team has been advising governments and the private sector on how and why to build carbon capture projects.


We discovered a way to miniaturize the tech while making it more efficient, opening up the potential for a completely new kind of carbon capture company,  built around swift development and organic growth.  

Aircela is the culmination of decades of thinking about the role of technology in fighting climate change, and the start of decades of doing something about it.

Garrett van Ryzin

Business Advisor


Eva Zlotnicka

Series Seed Director

Advisory Board

Ms. Zlotnicka is a Founder, Managing Partner, President and member of the Management Committee of Inclusive Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based investment firm which partners with companies that enable solutions to address environmental and social problems. Just prior to founding Inclusive Capital Partners, she was a Founder and Managing Director of the ValueAct Spring Fund and Head of Stewardship at ValueAct Capital. Most recently, she was US lead Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley. Ms. Zlotnicka was previously a director of Hawaiian Electric Industries where she was a member of the Compensation Committee. Ms. Zlotnicka also serves as a member of the Investor Advisory Group for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance at NYU Law. Ms. Zlotnicka also co-founded Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy (WISE), a global professional community. She has two B.S.c. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, including one from the Wharton School, and an M.B.A and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Yale University.

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Garrett is Professor Emeritus at Columbia Business School and Distinguished Scientist at Amazon. He has also applied his expertise in operations and economics in building scalable marketplaces at Uber and Lyft. Garrett is co-author with Eric and Klaus of the “Small Modular Infrastructure” paper that helped launch aircela. He brings expertise in operations, innovation, entrepreneurship & technology to Aircela.