Reinventing the future

Based in Reykjavík, Iceland, Atmonia is at the forefront of electrochemistry for the sustainable reduction of atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia. Our patented catalyst are currently being scaled up for industrial production of ammonia appropriate for use both directly in agriculture and as a new fuel source in global shipping.

Electrochemical process

Electrochemical process that utilizes patented catalysts for ammonia production for use as fuel or fertilizer.

Aqueous Fertilizer

The Atmonia System will deliver ammonium in aqueous solution, which can also contain appropriate acid to form ammonium sulphate, ammonium nitrate (e.g. nitrate from Nitrification System) or DAP.

The Nitrification system uses ammonia (e.g. from Atmonia System), Calcium or Potassium to form ammonium nitrate, Calcium Nitrate or Potassium nitrate in water.

Any of the resulting aqueous ammonia and nitrate fertilizers described above can then be used directly on crops with any method for liquid fertilizer application

Carbon Neutral

Ammonia and nitrate production are currently major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The Atmonia systems and the Atmonia Nitrification System will not emit any greenhouse gasses


Guðbjörg Rist

CEO – Guðbjörg joined the Atmonia team in 2018, fist focusing on business development. She has previously worked in multiple sectors ranging from manufacturing to banking, concentrating on business- and product development.

Guðbjörg has a MSc in Production Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Egill Skúlason

Chairman of the board, CSO & Co-Founder – Egill is a professor at the department of Engineering at the University of Iceland. His research projects at the university led to the founding of Atmonia, and is the university still an important player in the company’s research efforts.

Egill has a PhD in Engineering Physics from the Technical University of Denmark.

Helga Dögg Flosadóttir

CRO & Co-Founder

Helga led the experimental part of the research project that finally led to the foundation of Atmonia in late 2016. She has previously served as the Head of R&D of Chemical Analysis Department at Innovation Center Iceland, as well as a project manager for environmental monitoring.

Helga has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Iceland.

Arnar Sveinbjörnsson

CTO & CO-founder – Arnar designed the experimental setup used to test the Atmonia catalysts for nitrogen reduction, when working on his MSc thesis. He had previously worked at the Innovation Center Iceland performing chemical analysis.

Arnar has a MSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Iceland.

Hákon Örn Birgisson

CBO – Hakon joined Atmonia in 2019 to carry out business development activities for the company. His previous positions include business development, marketing and sales, mergers & acquisitions, investment banking and scientific research.

Hakon has a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Lund, Sweden and an Executive MBA from Reykjavik University.

Magnús Már Guðnason

Development Engineer

Magnús joined the Atmonia team in 2018, focusing on product development and prototyping. He has previously worked as development engineer on electrochemical cells and equipment.

Magnús has a MSc in Materials and Manufacturing Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark.

James McDaniel

Biotech Research Technician

James is carrying out trials on the Atmonia fertilizer in vertical horticulture as well as developing of Atmonia’s nitrification system. He specializes in sustainable production and emerging technologies, with previous projects on the subject in China, USA and Iceland.

James studied Horticulture at the Agricultural University of Iceland.

Fatemeh Hanifpour

Chemical Engineering – Fatemeh has a PhD from the University of Iceland in chemical engineering, working on research for the Atmonia catalyst.

Fatemeh also has a MSc in Nuclear Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in Iran.

Amanda Luther

Microbiologist – Amanda joined Atmonia in 2020 and is involved in process and technology development and integration. She has expertise in resource recovery and environmental microbial technologies.

Amanda has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in the United States, and experience in post-doctoral research in bio-electrochemical technologies at Ghent University in Belgium.

Wang Jinchao

PhD student – Jinchao is currently a PhD student at the University of Iceland, engaged in research on electrocatalytic ammonia synthesis.

Jinchao earned his Msc in chemical engineering from Zhejiang University of Technology in China.

Anna B. Gunnarsdóttir

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Iceland – Anna is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Iceland.

Anna obtained her PhD in Chemistry from University of Cambridge in 2020, developing in situ NMR techniques to study lithium metal batteries.