Etosha Cave is Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Opus 12, a startup bringing electrification to the chemicals industry on Earth, and someday on Mars. Opus 12 uses metal catalysts and renewable electricity to convert CO2 into one of 16 new molecules, which include a precursor to plastics and diesel fuels. Opus 12 has received various grants from the Department of Energy, NASA and the National Science Foundation for their work. Opus 12 has also gotten into various top incubators and organizations including the Energy Excelerator, Stanford’s StartX, Echoing Green and Cyclotron Road at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Etosha received her PhD from Stanford University where she gained the foundational knowledge for this technology. In 2015, Etosha was TedX Stanford speaker and the winner of the 2015 Cool Companies Competition at the Fortune Brainstorm E Conference. Prior to Stanford, she worked in Antarctica at the McMurdo Research Station and hopes to return to the continent someday to stay the winter. Etosha graduated from Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in 2006 as a member of the first graduating class.