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Nicholas Flanders

Nicholas Flanders

Co-Founder and CEO


Palo Alto, CA

I co-founded a clean energy company, Opus 12, with two incredible scientists from Stanford, with a vision of transforming CO2 emissions into valuable products. I'm passionate about all things energy, international affairs, and public transportation. I love learning new languages and esoteric facts.





Opus 12 Wins $400,000 Roddenberry Foundation Grand Prize!

Excited to be among one of five solutions creating a #BoldlyBetter future with The Roddenberry Foundation! Learn more about the inaugural prize and upcoming opportunities at

The award was the perfect fit for Opus 12. Not only are we aligned with the vision of The Roddenberry Foundation, but we three co-founders are all huge Star Trek fans.

Opus 12 Wins

Opus 12 wins Forbes 30 Under 30 Change the World Competition

We beat out over 1,000 other companies to win the $400,000 grand prize. I had always wanted to hold one of those giant Publishers' Clearing House-style checks. Here's me with Ashton Kutcher on stage in Boston

Opus 12 wins


Co-founder and CEO

What if the emissions of the world's largest industries never reached the air? What if those emissions were instead transformed into valuable products for the global economy?

At OPUS 12, we aim to do just that, by converting CO2 into fuels and chemicals that are cost-competitive with conventional products.

It's a bold vision, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.


Opus 12 featured in the New York Times

Nice article giving an overview of the CO2 electroreduction field.


OPUS 12 Wins OceanExchange Big Pitch Competition

Top energy and water solutions from the best universities in the country compete for a $10,000 prize and recognition from a panel of expert judges

What I'm reading right now: "Colonel Roosevelt", by Edmund Morris. The story of TR's life after his second term as president. Perhaps the only president in U.S. history whose fame increased after leaving office: a time when he survived an assassin's bullet, mapped an Amazonian tributary, and saw the Panama canal-a project he began-open its gates.

OPUS 12 Wins Fortune 2015 Cool Companies Competition

Etosha, President & CSO of OPUS 12, crushed it in Austin at Fortune E conference. Check out the video to get a nice overview of what we're working on.

Dream job? I'm in it!

OPUS 12 wins 2015 Department of Energy Transformational Idea Award

A very gratifying win for us - recognition from some of the best thinkers from across energy, nanotech, and advanced manufacturing.


Levo League

Chief Financial Officer

I was a jack of all trades in my role at Levo: I led our financial strategy, budgeting, and shareholder documentation, but I was also our head of HR, general counsel, payroll manager, controller, and a member of our executive team. I loved being involved in all parts of the organization, and it was an incredible experience to see Levo grow over the nearly three years that I was in the role.
My next career step: starting a clean energy company with two co-founders from Stanford.


Stanford Graduate School of Business


At Stanford, I was able to put all of my past business experience into context, build relationships with life-long friends from around the world, and layer on a foundation in energy-focused engineering through my joint Masters in Science

Every day is a special occasion. You know why? 'Cause you woke up this morning.

McKinsey & Company

Sustainability and Resource Productivity Fellow

Expertise in the global energy system and urban sustainability

Cornell University

BA, Mathematics, Economics, International Relations

Distinction in all subjects

Council on Foreign Relations

Intern - Corporate Division

French Arabic (basic, Syrian dialect) Spanish Italian (basic)

The global energy system. International affairs. Travel. Languages. History. Architecture. Public transit. Nature. Winter. Hockey. Grilling.


Levantine Language School

Summer Program, Arabic Language

I took a sabbatical between my second and third years at McKinsey to attend this intensive course in spoken Arabic. I lived in Damascus with a host family.


Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris

Diplome du Programme International, International Relations and Affairs