Management Team

David C. Aldous, Chief Executive Officer

David joined Rive Technology as Chief Executive Officer in 2012.  He brings over 30 years of diverse experience in the refining, chemicals and catalyst industries, including over 20 years at Royal Dutch Shell where he was Executive Vice President of Strategy and Portfolio.  David also served as President of Shell Canada Products, where he led an $11 billion integrated oil business, which included refining.

David brings deep experience in the catalyst industry to Rive from his six years as President and CEO at CRI/Criterion, a global catalyst company with a focus on refining, chemicals, petrochemicals, and zeolites.  Prior to joining Rive, David was CEO of Range Fuels, a company commercializing cellulosic biofuels technology.

David holds a B.S. in Fuels Engineering from the University of Utah and an MBA with distinction from Northwestern University.


Christopher Haynes, Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Chris leads Rive’s R&D, manufacturing, and business development efforts. He is responsible for transferring Rive’s technology to its manufacturing partners and leading them through successful manufacturing trials, as well as developing new partnerships for value-added applications of Rive’s technology in the refining and chemicals industries. He is also responsible for the business development efforts of Rive’s manufacturing process licensing activities in preparation for the commercial deployment of Rive’s technology throughout the refining industry.

Prior to joining Rive, Chris was Director of Manufacturing Strategy for W. R. Grace’s Grace Davison operating segment and previously Director of Manufacturing for Grace’s Refining Technologies Business.  Chris has also served as Manager of Finance and Planning for the Grace Catalyst Business and held a variety of management positions in Grace’s manufacturing organization.

Chris holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Villanova University and a MBA from Loyola University of Maryland.


Adrian Humphries, Vice President of Techncial Services

Adrian Humphries ImageAdrian is Vice President of Technical Services. In this role, he has responsibility for the selection and design of the appropriate Rive catalyst system for each commercial application and coordinates the efforts of Rive’s technical service team to ensure refiners achieve maximum value from Rive’s solutions.

Adrian has been involved in the FCC catalyst industry for more than 35 years. Prior to joining Rive, he held a number of sales, marketing and development roles with Filtrol, later acquired by Akzo Nobel and subsequently Albemarle. His responsibilities ranged from managing R&D to designing many of their FCC catalysts and additives. After leaving Albemarle in 2007, he has served as a consultant to the industry with Hermes Catalysts and also worked with Quanta Technologies.  He is the author of more than 100 technical papers and patents, published in a variety of books and journals around the world and has presented many times at global symposia such as AFPM (formerly NPRA), A.C.S. and the World Fuels Conference.

Adrian earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol in England and later his Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis, also at the University of Bristol.

Javier Garcia Martinez, Founder and Chief Scientist

Rive271Javier invented Rive’s core technology while a post doctoral student at MIT. At Rive, he plays a leadership role in technology development and intellectual property strategy.

Javier is currently a Faculty member at the University of Alicante, Spain and has worked in the world’s leading material science laboratories, including MIT, Caltech and UC Berkeley. Javier recently served as editor for “Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge” (Wiley, 2010), a new book about nanomaterials for energy production, and has published more than thirty articles, three book chapters and two books on nanotechnology and energy.

Javier has been recognized as a leader in nanotechnology and materials science. In 2005, Javier was awarded the Europa Medal, awarded annually to the outstanding European chemist under the age of 35, and he received the Silver Medal of the European Young Chemist Award in 2006. In 2007, Javier received the TR 35 Award from MIT’s Technology Review magazine, and in 2009 Javier was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Javier received his BS in chemistry and went on to earn an MS in chemistry from the University of Alicante.  He also has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Alicante.