About Us

A Few Words About BoMax

BoMax Hydrogen, LLC (formed in early 2014) has developed a patented photo-biocatalytic system that uses light activated nanoparticles coupled with bioinorganic molecules to generate 100% clean hydrogen.   Bomax Hydrogen’s innovation is a patented renewable energy system that produces clean, green, renewable hydrogen at the point of use. The unsolved energy challenge in this century will be to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels and power our very way of life without damaging our environment. The scientific enterprise that solves the hydrogen production challenge will generate global sales and licensing opportunities for that company and its investors.

Our vision is to transform the energy market in a way never seen or conceived, just imagine affordable “on-site” energy generation at levels capable of supporting residential and commercial applications with no carbon footprint.  

Currently, our strategic focus is two-fold:

  • continue the cutting-edge optimization work related to our technology, and
  • finding strategic partners who can come along side us to share insight into our technology, raise the awareness of our product to the market, and provide the needed capital/resources to help us achieve our goals.




Our Key Scientists

Dr. Deborah Maxwell, Chief Science Officer

Deborah Bolin Maxwell was born in South Carolina, but has lived most of her life in Central Florida.

Dr. Maxwell started her professional career as a registered respiratory therapist, specializing in neonatal intensive care. Later she returned to college to pursue graduate degrees to enable her to teach chemistry. She initially studied in an environmental chemistry laboratory at the University of Central Florida, specializing in remediation of heavy metals in contaminated soils and sediments earning her Masters of Industrial Chemistry degree.

Dr. Maxwell then worked in a biochemistry laboratory at the University of Central Florida, earning her PhD and working with the iron-molybdenum cofactor in nitrogenase coupled to photo-catalytic materials. The goal was to develop green energy resources. Dr. Maxwell has taught chemistry at the University of Central Florida, Seminole State College, Valencia College, and at Stetson University.

Dr. Maxwell is currently the Chief Science Officer of BoMax Hydrogen Lab at the Space Life Sciences Laboratory in Merritt Island, Florida. BoMax is working on a passive method to produce hydrogen utilizing a photo-catalytic system derived from bacteria and an inexpensive light harvesting material.

Dr. Deidra L. Gerlach, Lead Chemist

Dr. Deidra L. Gerlach is a native of the Great Lakes region, was raised on a hobby farm, and is a first-generation college graduate and Ph.D.

Deidra went to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. As a chemistry major, Deidra was invited to work with Dr. Michael Carney on his collaborative research with Chevron-Phillips on the catalysis of ethylene to alpha olefins. Deidra’s contribution to the research resulted in two publications and she graduated magna cum laude with a Chemistry Bachelor of Science, ACS certified.

At the University of Michigan, Deidra earned her Master of Science in Inorganic Chemistry and co-authored a publication reporting on the metathesis of vinyl halides with ruthenium organometallic catalysts. Deidra was accepted by Dr. Nicolai Lehnert and Dr. Dimitri Coucouvanis as joint advisors to her doctorate research with focus on modelling of the chemistry of the active site of sulfite reductase which resulted in three first author publications and a completed dissertation.

Next, Dr. Gerlach worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Alabama Chemistry Department with Dr. Elizabeth T. Papish. Dr. Gerlach joined the ongoing water oxidation research in the Papish lab, began new catalyst research, and managed a photo-activated anti-cancer drug project. This work resulted in five publications (and counting). Within six months of joining the Papish lab, Dr. Gerlach undertook the role of department crystallographer which resulted in six publications (and counting).

Nearly two years into her postdoc, BoMax Hydrogen LLC. contacted Dr. Gerlach and invited her to join the research team. As Lead Chemist Dr. Gerlach’s primary role has been as lab manager, establishing component quality control, and leading efforts in condition optimization of the BoMax hydrogen generation system.