Dr. Lewis Dunnigan
CEO & Co-Founder

Lewis has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and MEng from the University of Edinburgh. He has been named in the Top 50 Small Business Leaders in Australia and is passionate about developing climate focused technologies that contribute to the development of the circular economy. 


Ben Morton 2_edited.jpg

Ben Morton
CTO & Co-Founder

Ben has a BSc in Chemistry and Physics from Flinders University and is a specialist in materials science and organic chemistry. Having previously worked in industry as a fertiliser formulation scientist, he is dedicated to commercialising technologies that can help remediation problems across the world. Ben was named the Agricultural Innovation Award winner by Prime Super in 2020.



Bygen was founded from technology developed within Dr. Philip Kwong's research group at the University of Adelaide in 2017. Dr. Kwong's work focused on the development of new, low-cost, methods of producing high-quality and sustainable activated carbon from agricultural and winery wastes. As a result of grant funding awarded to Dr. Kwong, a small-scale laboratory pyrolysis and activation unit was constructed and used to optimise the technology utilised by Bygen. He continues to focus on research related to material science, pollution control, and process engineering



July 2022:

Our proposed almond shell to activated carbon production facility is discussed in the Mid Murray Council Newsletter.

Mid Murray on the Move Newsletter

June 2022:

Bygen announced as a finalist in the Falling Walls Venture 2022 competition, a global competition for science start-ups.








October 2021: 

Bygen is featured in the Top 100 Climate Tech companies in Australia and New Zealand by HolonIQ and Climate Salad









September 2021: 

Bygen included in the top 10 inventions that are equipping Australian society for the future:


The Brilliant Article

June 2021: 

Bygen named as a finalist in the Future Food Asia Awards 2021:

January 2021: 

Bygen appoints Patrick Sieb and Michael Macolino to Advisory Board:

View Post on Bygen Linkedin

November 2020: 

Bygen completes a $1.2M seed investment round, led by Artesian (Alternative Investments).

View Post on Bygen Linkedin

December 2019: 

Bygen is featured on Channel 7 News.