As Founder Adrian Brozell says:
We are saving the world with our water recycling concepts. The proposed solution during the drought was to let the lawns, plants and trees die, and to take shorter showers and drain swimming pools. I’m not ok with that. First, plants and trees provide a critical public health benefit and natural air conditioning. Secondly, showers provide a public health benefit. And finally, I want my kids to have the simple experience of splashing around in a pool. Our technology makes water supplies more resilient, meaning that water is available regardless of the weather. This enables 100-year-old trees to survive droughts, people to shower and kids to swim. If we can do this in our own environment, we can do it everywhere.
Dr. Adrian Brozell
Brozell is a well-published biophysicist and electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience working at the intersection of science and technology. He graduated with his PhD in Biophysics form University of California at Davis. His dissertation, “Wetting and Emergent Properties of Complex Fluids on Planar Colloids Crystals” was comprised of four first-author publications in journals such as Nanoletters and JACS.
He has been invited to speak at numerous ACS conferences and at the 2009 Northern Illinois University Physics Department Spring Colloquium. He was a business development fellow at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.
At zNano, he has lead the company from concept to product and been an inventor on three patent applications. That technology has been the basis of a funded, ongoing collaboration with NASA Ames since 2011, a 2014 Edison Award Silver Medalist in the Commercial Resource Management Category, and a 2016 Silicon Valley Water Award: “Most Innovative Company.”
Dr. Allen Chan
Allen earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside in 2017 where his research focused on the monocarba-closo-dodecaborate Carborane Anion for use in catalyst design. A synthetic chemist with expertise in organic, inorganic, and polymer chemistry, Allen joined zNano in 2017 where his research work focuses on the design and execution of zNano Membrane product development. He also manages zNano’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) portfolio.
Mr. Jitao Deng
Jitao earned his BS and MEng from Cornell University in 2017 where his research focused on alternative wastewater treatment methods and life cycle assessment. Jitao joined zNano in 2018 where his projects focuses on UF membrane development and quality assurance.
Colleen Spiegel, Ph.D.
Dr. Colleen Spiegel has nineteen years of experience in research and development, process engineering and technical writing for many companies as a consultant, employee and independent business owner. Companies that she has worked with include Bausch & Lomb, Catalent Pharma Solutions, Draper Laboratory, BCC Research, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier Science and many others. Colleen is the author of “Designing and Building Fuel Cells” (McGraw-Hill) and “PEM Fuel Cell Modeling and Simulation Using MATLAB” (Elsevier Science). She has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.
zNano’s mission is enabling water resilience and water restoration through technology.
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