“zNano is a truly innovative company with our first game-changing commercial product, our bioinspired zUF Membranes, which have ceramic qualities and better overall performance than conventional polymeric membranes. What is so unique about zNano’s technology is that we are able to customize and coat it onto other conventional membranes to help our clients tackle their most challenging wastewaters. We are constantly searching for more partners to work with, add value and help them restore water.”

– Dr. Adrian Brozell, Founder

Key players of zNano’s team

Dr. Adrian Brozell, Founder

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Scientist

Dr. Adrian Brozell is a well-published biophysicist and electrical engineer with more than 17 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.

At zNano, he leads the company from concept to product and been an inventor on three patent applications and four patents pending. This 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.”

He has been invited to speak at numerous ACS conferences and at the prestigious 2009 Northern Illinois University Physics Department Spring Colloquium. He was a business development fellow at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Shan Yong

Sales & Marketing Consultant

Dr. Shan Yong, PhD, is the Sales and Marketing Consultant for zNano Membranes. Dr Yong has more than 15 years of experience in international business development and marketing in the water and environmental sector with companies ranging in size & status like Veolia Water Technologies North America, SembCorp Industries Singapore, SafBon Shanghai Water Holding, BioLargo Inc, Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation, Aquafortus etc. Her experience and expertise also includes new technology commercialization, technology assessment, feasibility studies, sales and marketing, strategic planning, sustainability studies, M&A and partnership development. She is also an established author with more than 370 citations on her high impact research papers in the field of Environmental Engineering. Shan graduated with honors with her Bachelors of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and obtained her Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT. Following that, she completed her doctorate in Chemical Environmental Engineering from Yale University specializing in Forward Osmosis and is considered an expert in Osmotically Driven Membrane Processes.

Dr. Colleen Spiegel

Technical Consultant for Grant Proposals

Dr. Colleen Spiegel has nineteen years of experience in research and development, process engineering and technical writing. 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 Technical Team

Dr. Allen Chan, RPA

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

MEng Chemical Engineer & Research Scientist

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 focus on UF membrane development and quality assurance.

zNano’s mission is enabling water resilience and water restoration through technology.

Board of Advisors

zNano has recruited expert advisors with industry, technical, and startup experience.
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.