Hermann is an economist and entrepreneur focused on innovation, science and technology projects in materials discovery and enabling Materials Acceleration Platforms (MAPs) with AI/ML. He is the Co-founder and CEO of ChemOS Inc., an AI-software startup with the goal of accelerating process optimization and materials discovery by orders of magnitude.
Prior to founding ChemOS Inc., Hermann was the co-author and co-lead of the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge of the global initiative Mission Innovation. This innovation challenge integrates materials sciences with artificial intelligence, robotics, and advanced computing in order to accelerate scientific discovery and develop advanced materials at least 10x faster.
Hermann has advised Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and start-ups in various industries, including pharma, software, electric vehicles, energy, and natural resources. He has designed, negotiated and funded high-impact collaboration projects with the top universities in North America, including Berkeley, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and UofT and has collaborated with Nobel Laureates in chemistry and physics, as well as with investors and policy makers around the world. He is an affiliate to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Founding Member of the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions of the Solar Impulse Foundation, and a Member of the MIT Technology Review Global Panel.
His publications as co-author include the Materials Acceleration Platform (MAPs) Report, a paper published in Nature Materials on materials discovery, and the chapter on innovation of the Emissions Gap Report 2018 of the United Nations, among others.
Hermann earned a BA in Economics from ITAM (Mexico) with highest honors, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. He has work experience in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe and is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.