we are otego

Silas Aslan

Silas Aslan

Material Development

He is our chemistry genius and the organic semiconductors, that otego develops for its printed TEGs are a product of his test tubes. Silas discovered the novel technique to synthesize otego's semiconductors in 2013 and is optimizing it for mass application since then. With his work he really is breaking new ground, because until his developments organic materials were never developed and used commercially for TEGs. Since August 2015 Silas is proud to be the master of centrifuges and rotary evaporators in otego's new lab facilities at the incubator of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Silas studied chemistry at University of Heidelberg and University of Bristol, holding a Master of Science degree until he will have reached the level of doctorate. In his spare time he loves to climb steep walls and bakes the best breads for the whole otego team.

Frederick Lessmann

Frederick Lessmann

Business Development

There it is, the market! To make sure otego won't only stay a stellar performance from a technical point of view, Frederick pulls out all the stops to win over future clients and partners. Although being a management consultant in his former life, he not only understands to raise attention with polished power point slides. As otego's first point of contact Frederick is an important flywheel for the external as well as for the internal communication and organization.

Frederick studied at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology as well as at McGill University in Montreal and holds a Master of Science in Business Engineering. After his Bachelor studies he decided to gain first professional experience as management consultant. If the design enthusiast doesn't feel the breeze to sail close to the wind, he loves to travel foreign countries or to go on a good ski-run.

André Gall

André Gall

Production Development

Who invented it? Of course it was André. An insatiable curiosity for everything with a rather technical appearance has led him to the topic of thermoelectrics. First he analysed electrically conductive polymers for their suitability in thermoelectric applications. With the invention of the otego-TEG two years later he lay the foundation of the startup. Since then he has been fully dedicated to developing a manufacturing process for high volume production with the aim of bringing printed TEGs into the market.

André holds a diploma in physics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. After graduation he worked as a scientist in the field of thermoelectrics. The passionate photographer is able to prepare the world's best steaks and declared war on swirl marks in car paint a long time ago.

Matthias Hecht

Matthias Hecht

Electronic Development

Microcontroller, semiconductor components, low power ICs, field bus systems, motor control units and codfish buttons, nothing is safe from Matthias. The multi talent devoted himself to the automatization of otego's production machines and designs prototypes of our energy management system. Moreover we allowed Matthias to act out his creativity which led to phenomenal graphic design of our public image and of the otego-website.

Matthias studied physics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and holds a Master of Science. During his study he already founded a successful music publishing company. In his spare time he plays the piano night after night, grows his delicate whiskey collection and loves to drive his 80s racing cycle.

About otego

otego is a young German spin-off from KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) started by four enthusiastic founders who are committed to the otego idea with all their passion. One can also call us a mixed bag because two physicians, a chemist and a business engineer work together and complement each other perfectly. In fact this is the essential requirement to achieve our ambition to commercialize the disruptive otego-technology.

The objective of otego's development is to set up a fully automated production line for organic thermoelectric generators. To print the electrical circuits on ultra thin foils otego already uses industrial roll-to-roll printing machines that were designed for mass production. Development of the production machines for further processing is currently being funded by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In addition to the production line the optimization and scaling of the material is being funded as well.