June 20, 2017 - Aquaneers awarded a $1,000,000 Phase II SBIR grant from the US Dept. of Energy to commercialize its Plasmonic Ribbon energy conversion nanomaterial and its AquaSol Solar Desalination System.
Who We Are
Aquaneers is a new venture that incorporated in January 2016 and was founded by Dr. Habib, Professor Ulman, and Mr. Day. Aquaneers was founded by people who are passionate about clean technology and realistic about successfully developing and deploying them. The company strives daily to improve the world through the application of nanotechnology to sustainability with the development of innovative energy conversion materials.
Dr. Joe Habib
Joe is a physicist (PhD, MIT) and entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in commercial nanotechnology R&D. He is Aquaneers' CEO, providing both the scientific vision to successfully deploy our technology and the business acumen to launch a sustainable company.
Prof. Avi Ulman
Avi is a professor of Chemical and Biological engineering at NYU Tandon with over 185 peer-reviewed publications and 7 patents. He is a pioneer in nanotechnology and serves as Aquaneers CTO. Avi brings experience and keen insight to bear when solving the scientific challenges that arise in bringing solar desalination technology to fruition.
Richard began solar desalination research during his bachelor's program. An active member of NYU’s start-up and green communities, his passion for the promise of truly clean water led to the formation of Aquaneers. Now, as Aquaneers heads towards commercialization, he integrates customer needs into product design.
What We Do
Aquaneers Inc. develops innovative nanotechnology enabled solutions to some of society’s most vexing energy challenges. Tremendous opportunity exists in applying novel materials for clean energy conversion to industrial applications that consume vast quantities of fossil fuels and contribute substantially to greenhouse gas emissions. Aquaneers Plasmonic Ribbon is a photo-thermal energy conversion material used to harvest solar energy through the direct vaporization of liquids, for example, converting sunlight directly into heated steam. Plasmonic Ribbon has commercial applications in heating, steam generation, desalination (water purification), chemical separations, and catalysis. The company is first applying its photothermal energy conversion technology to desalination and water purification and is developing a portable solar desalination system under support from a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant.