zNano has the technology to save the world with our Bioinspired Nano-Ceramic zMembranes, immune to organic fouling which restores water to a more pure state than its original composition. We prove our coatings effective through demonstrations with major producers of membranes looking for superior technology we can provide through our scientists, our trade secret membrane development, and our highly specialized equipment. We are constantly searching for individuals and organizations with similar global concerns to create an intersection for conversation and partnerships.

— Dr. Adrian Brozell, Founder, zNano Water Tech


Dr. Adrian Brozell

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientist

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

Synthetic Chemist

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

Chemical Engineer

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.

Director of Strategic Planning, Partnerships & Grants

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.


zNano has recruited expert advisors with industry, technical and startup experience.
Business Advisory Team
Nicholas Dyner,
Nicholas Dyner, CEO, Moleaer Inc.
Former VP of Global Sales for NanoH2O
Steven Depper,
Steven Depper,President, Dutch Enterprises
With 30 years experience in the laundry industry.

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