Below are some of the start-up companies I have co-founded, developed technology for or advised.
Element 2 – Hydrogen Refuelling Infrastructure
For the UK to achieve its net zero ambitions a variety on industrial sectors need to be decarbonised and hydrogen will play a major part in this. The Covid-19 pandemic has made the economy ever more reliant on logistics, much of which is underpinned by large fleets of diesel powered HGVs. Element 2 is putting in the refuelling infrastructure to enable the transition from fossil fuels to green hydrogen.
G2O Water – Graphene Water Treatment
Fouling of nano/ultrafiltration membranes in oil/water separation is a longstanding issue and a major economic barrier for their wide application. Current membranes typically show severe fouling, resulting from the strong adhesion of oil on membrane surface and/or oil penetration inside the membranes. This greatly degrades their performance and shortens service lifetime. G2O uses graphene oxide (GO) for the fabrication of fully-recoverable membranes for high flux, antifouling oil/water separation via function and structure mimicking of fish scales.
De-Heat – Solid State Cooling
Graphene-based metamaterials with a fractal microstructure: Solid-state cooling devices which literally ‘capture’ heat.
The patented geometry is based on the ‘Menger Sponge’ fractal and the dimensions are engineered such that they trap infrared radiation in the intricate sub-structure. The use of fractal architectures creates an enormous available surface area for heat transfer to take place.
Tamicare – Textile Reinvented
A UK-based innovation and engineering company in the field of textiles and nonwoven materials, in mass production of its 3D printing technology Cosyflex. Cosyflex is a 3D printing technology that can create all direction stretchable nonwoven fabrics based on the unique amalgamation of elastomers and textile fibres and can also be integrated with electrical components to make smart clothing.
Aero-Therm is a mixture of aerogel and nanomaterials applied as a captain to interior walls. With Aero-Therm rooms heat up quicker and retain heat for longer.
Xefro – Graphene Heating
Designed and developed the heating technology for the world’s first mass commercial application of the ‘wonder material’ graphene, for G-Heat which was later transferred to Xefro. The use of resistive graphene inks allowed the company to completely rethink the concept of home heating in the 21st Century. The system is designed to be ultra efficient, and outperform the very latest in ‘efficient’ gas central heating systems.
Nanosight – Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis
NanoSight range of instruments utilizes Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA) to characterize nanoparticles from 10nm -2000nm* in solution. Each particle is individually but simultaneously analyzed by direct observation and measurement of diffusion events. This particle-by-particle methodology produces high resolution results for particle size distribution and concentration, while visual validation provides users with additional confidence in their data. Both particle size and concentration are measured, while a fluorescence mode provides differentiation of labelled or naturally fluorescing particles.