Petron Scientech Inc

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Our Leadership Team

Petron Scientech’s unmatched real-world experience and knowledge has enabled it to develop, optimized, industrial scale process technology for the conversions of Ethanol into a variety of plastic feed-stocks. Petron’s team not only brings a special combination of technical know how but also business and management skills, to ensure plants are developed on time, on budget, and on value.

Yogendra (Yogi) Sarin (CEO and founder)

Mr. Sarin has more than 35 years of experience in the global chemical industry. He has been involved from concept to commissioning, including design, development and operations of many Ethylene Oxide, Ethylene Glycols and Maleic Anhydride technology plants worldwide. Mr. Sarin holds a MS in Chemical Engineering from Idaho and a post-graduate degree in Petrochemical Engineering from Milan, Italy.

Brian Ozero (Executive Vice President Technology)

Mr. Ozero has developed process design packages for more than 25 Ethylene Oxide and Ethylene Glycols plants worldwide. Prior to leading Petron's technology and design team, he was the key inventor of, and Director of Technology at Scientific Design Inc. USA. He was the designer of modern boiling water reactors and single Ethylene Oxide purification column. He is the inventor of several key patents and design aspects of EO/MEG technology being used worldwide. Mr. Ozero has authored several EO/EG papers and encyclopedia and holds a B.Sc in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University (Ontario) and M.Sc in Chemical Engineering from NYU.

Dr. Frank J. Liotta (Vice President and Chief Operating Officer)

An experienced professional with over 20+years of experience with Virent and LyondellBasell Industries, USA. Led the development and commercialization of more than ten new chemical products, managing R&D, business development, marketing, third party toll manufacturing, and P&L. Inventor of 20 patents. He has earned BS in Chemistry from The Penn State University, MS and PhD from prestigious Cornell University, NY. MBA Finance from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and further development and training courses at Wharton school of business and Caltech.

Anirudh Baxi (Director of Engineering)

Brings over 25 years experience as Senior process engineering manager and head of process group at Aker solution and Aker Powergas. Also worked as process engineer with Jacobs engineering. Worked across the globe including India, USA, Norway, Netherlands and Singapore on projects in Oil &Gas, Chemicals, and LNG projects in conceptual, basic and detailed engineering including process simulation and design. Has a degree in Chemical Technology/ chemical engineering and PE license in Texas USA.

Mukund Kute (Vice-President of Operations)

Mr. Mukund Kute has extensive executive management experience in Project Development, Project execution and Management, Basic & Detail Engineering areas. He also is trained Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has excellent Operations Excellence and Productivity Improvement experience under his belt. With specialized degree in Instrumentation and Process Control Engineering, Mukund is a Subject Matter Expert in Automation, IT, Control Systems and networks for Process Plants. His prior experience includes setting up Cement, Power, Ammonia/Urea Fertilizer, EO/MEG plant upgrades, Specialty Gases modular plants, Automotive Assembly lines, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Plants. He has worked in companies like Larsen & Toubro, Chambal Fertilizers, Honeywell, Ford Motor Company, Visteon Automotive Systems, Sun One Source and Blommer Chocolate in addition to previous stint with Petron Scientech. Mukund is involved in development of new projects, involving process definition, plant layouts, mass & energy balances, techno-commercial evaluation and procurement of process equipment; preparation and control of CAPEX and OPEX of new projects. Mukund has significant experience on codes, standards and practices in USA, Russia, Europe and India.

Edmundo Jose Rincon Castro (Manager of Operations | EO/EG Specialist)

A chemical engineer with over 18 years’ experience in EO/EG production plant in South America. He had responsibility of Shift supervisor, Engineering Superintendent and Production superintendent responsible for design of expansion, operations of EO/EG and derivatives plant. Significant skills in in Equipment design, HAZOP and LOPA, process and Catalyst optimization, process simulation and multilingual.

Jody Chapnick (Director - Capital Projects)

Jody Chapnick has had a 25-year career in commercial real estate and finance that has focused on lending, asset acquisitions, and raising equity capital for various real estate projects. He is the managing General Partner of Thaynes Capital LLC. Prior to the formation of Thaynes Capital LLC, Jody Chapnick was the director of Capital development and Asset Acquisition for Grove Property Fund. During 2012, Jody Chapnick negotiated and purchased Fidelity Property & Casualty Insurance Company for $ 140 million in an all cash purchase from Fidelity National a $ 5 billion New York Stock Exchange Company. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College and a MBA Finance from Pace University

Dhir Sarin (Director- Finance & Controls)

An experienced professional having over 30 years of global experience in the field of finance & accounting, audit, budgeting, crucial data analysis, project financing and related services in the chemical, IT, and trading industries. He had been actively involved in IPOs, SEC and related activities in India and USA. He has been associated with Petron Scientech Inc. since 1991 and is currently responsible for financial modeling and preparation of feasibility reports for Ethylene and EO/EG plants, MOUs, Framework Agreements, contracts negotiations and overall financial control. Mr. Dhir Sarin is a Chartered Accounts and Fellow member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Arvinder S. Walia (Director of Technology and Projects)

Mr. Walia has a Master’s degree in Chemical engineering and over 25 years’ experience in Fertilizer and Petrochemical Industry. He has worked in four EO/EG plants from project execution to plant start-up and operations in India, Iran, Bulgaria, and Mexico. At India Glycol and SMDL (RIL), Mr. Walia was responsible for Ethanol to EO/MEG projects from Concept to commissioning.

Ricardo Santos (Director - Business Development)

Experienced engineering and project execution manager with over 20 years of experience in multiple projects around the globe.

Ranbir Bhatia (Project Director)

Mr. Bhatia has degree in Chemical engineering from IIT, Mumbai, India and more than 30+ years of experience in Ethylene Oxide/ Glycols, fertilizers and other petrochemical industry. He has been involved in design and operations of multiple Ethanol based Ethylene and EO/MEG projects at India Glycols, Reliance industries (SM Dyechem), GTC (Greencol) Taiwan, JZC project in China and Hanwa Total (HTC), Lotte Chemicals and LG Chem projects in South Korea. His experience also includes Site management at India Glycols and as Vice president at Reliance industries (RIL). Mr. Bhatia also specializes in operators training, troubleshooting and operations management of Ethylene and Ethylene Oxide/ Glycol plants.

Ravindra Desai (General Manager - Process Engineering)

Ravindra Desai has over 23 years of experience in process simulation, basic and detailed engineering, commissioning for oil and gas, naphtha refineries, EO/MEG, and organic chemical sectors. Mr. Desai has previously worked with Aker Solutions, Honeywell, UDHE, Praj, and John Brown Technologies.

Sergey Tsvetkov (Project Development Engineer and Systems Manager)

Sergey Tsvetkov is an accomplished bilingual Chemical Engineer graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is the Process Development Engineer and Systems Manager for Petron Scientech Inc / BioChem USA LLC. where he operates under the technical and engineering division to aid in the development of key international plant projects. Key abilities revolve around simulation, process design, and information technology. Previously, Mr. Tsvetkov has worked in pharmaceuticals as an R&D formulation chemist and also worked in operations, manufacturing various commercial drugs. Additionally, he has also worked in R&D for a NASA-Sponsored research project at NJIT.