Putting an End to PFAS – Emerging Technologies for PFAS Destruction
Emerging regulations and multi-million dollar lawsuits are driving an intense search for PFAS destruction systems that provide (i) complete mineralization, (ii) field-deployability, (iii) low energy consumption, (iv) high throughputs, and (v) no toxic byproducts. Dr. Brian Pinkard, CTO, and co-founder of Aquagga will be presenting a summary of the research and gained knowledge around PFAS destruction techniques and processes including technical maturity, destruction effectiveness, commercial scalability, and benefits/drawbacks, with other members of the leadership team available during the Q&A to explore the topic further.
Dr. Brian Pinkard
Dr. Pinkard is a subject-matter expert on the destruction of hazardous wastes in hydrothermal environments. He has collaborated on efforts based at the University of Washington to develop field-deployable reactor systems for the destruction of chemical weapon stockpiles, with several scientific publications resulting from this ongoing effort. Dr. Pinkard is a former Dean’s Fellow within the UW College of Engineering, and an NSF I-Corps alum.
Nigel is a serial tech entrepreneur, Techstars, and NSF I-Corps alum, with experience launching and raising multiple rounds of venture capital for two technology startups. Nigel has held successive Entrepreneur in Residence roles at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of Alaska. He holds an MS in Engineering Management from Kings College and has extensive experience with metal-centric manufacturing and rapid prototyping.
Aquagga Inc. incorporated in 2019 as a for-profit public benefit corporation (B-Corp) with a social and environmental impact mission. Aquagga’s mission is to end the environmental contamination from forever chemicals, while leveraging resources and their success story to support other impact-minded leaders and entrepreneurs in Washington, Alaska, and beyond. Aquagga’s founders are intentionally positioning themselves at the intersection of public health and environmental justice, taking an exemplary leadership position in the Alaskan and Washingtonian startup communities. The team and company is a product of collaborative technology development and efforts between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington, and the Dept. of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory.
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