Adrian Brozell, zNano founder and chief scientist, has a passion for research. In Silicon Valley, zNano has access to the finest minds in a variety of disciplines.
In the lab, zNano’s zMembranes have shown a 3x improvement in flux when treating a concentration of 2% oil (by weight) in wastewater.
Every barrel of oil produced creates 5 to 10 BBLs of water mixed with oil. In the Permian Basin alone, there are 2 million BBLs of oil produced daily. At an average of 7 BBLs of water, that’s a lot of water. Our customers estimate that 50% of that in re-injected. Of the remaining 50%, 20% is treated using Nano Membranes, a drop-in opportunity for zNano. The other 30% is treated by some other methods, an OEM opportunity. The focus of the industry is reliability, convenience and cost – in that order.
Paying a high price for inexpensive garments? We all do when we purchase clothing made in countries without strict water pollution regulations. zNano helps clean and restore water by developing zMembranes for companies like Concord Enviro specifically designed to remove fabric softener and dyes from the water used in textile manufacturing.
Want to replace your expensive ceramic’s with lower cost polymerics? zNano zMembranes have been successfully field tested as replacements.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Adrian Brozell solved a big problem for craft beer makers – more specifically, in the malting industry necessary for beer making. zNano’s developed zMembranes are used in water treatment units to cool and clean malster waste for maltsters like Admiral Maltings, removing an effluent that contains a corrosive molecule strong enough to melt PVC.
Did you know laundromats have more contaminates in their wastewater than any other commercial process? Adrian knew. That’s why he picked laundromats as one of the first locations to test zNano’s robust zMembrane. zNano zMembranes successfully treat laundromat effluent for companies like Dutch Cleaners.
Critical life-support systems for planet exploration: Under Adrian’s expert leadership, zNano has begun to develop solutions to one of the most critical life-support systems for travel to Mars – recycling and restoring all liquids (yes, even that). Click here for a deeper technological discussion.
For a scientific read, dive into Adrian’s publications on:
Synthetic Biological Membrane Forward Osmosis Trade Study
Synthetic Biological Membranes
Testing of Synthetic Biological Membranes for Forward Osmosis Applications
Do you buy carbon credits to offset you carbon footprint? Soon you may buy them from zNano. In the pipeline is a research effort to commercialize a membrane developed with an ultra-thin enzymatic liquid membrane for CO2 separation and capture. In the meantime, check this out.