ABOUT CYCLOPURE

Innovation can come from the simplest reflections.

Will Dichtel is keen on discovering new polymers, particularly those with tiny voids, or “negative spaces”. These voids offer unique possibilities for the separation and removal of contaminants.

Dr. Dichtel has pioneered development of the first ever porous cyclodextrin polymers through the design of molecules with permanent porosity into repeating structures. With porous openings, this new class of polymers dramatically increase surface area, enabling more opportunities for molecular interactions. A jar full of porous polymers provides a football field of surface area for adsorption.

Through incremental design, Dr. Dichtel can selectively improve the performance of the polymers. By varying molecular elements, he can tailor a polymer’s affinity to target contaminants, enhancing the polymer’s ability to attract and adsorb an unwanted pollutant.

With these innovations, Dr. Dichtel has created a toolbox of enormous value to make water safer through adsorption.

Executive Management

Frank Cassou

Frank Cassou

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cassou is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CycloPure. He is an entrepreneurial leader with 30 years of experience as an executive and advisor to technology companies in Silicon Valley, San Diego, New York City and Washington, D.C.

​Mr. Cassou has spent his career helping technology companies grow their businesses, and is a recognized expert in the development of technology products, providing management of finance, IP, licensing and government affairs.

​Mr. Cassou served as the Principal Executive officer of NextWave Wireless until its sale to AT&T in 2013.  Mr. Cassou earned a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from U.C. Boalt Hall.

William Dichtel

William Dichtel

Co-Inventor, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Dichtel is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of CycloPure. He is the lead inventor of the company’s technology, and a pioneering chemist in the development of porous polymer networks known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs), as well as other types of porous polymers. Dichtel’s research has been recognized with several national and international awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015 for his innovations in polymer chemistry.

Dr. Dichtel received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He performed postdoctoral research at UCLA and Caltech before joining the faculty of Cornell University in 2008.

In 2016, Dr. Dichtel and the Dichtel Research Group relocated to Northwestern University, where he is currently the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry.  Dichtel Research Group – At the Interface of Organic and Materials Chemistry

Gokhan Barin

Gokhan Barin

Vice President, Research

Dr. Barin is an expert in the design, synthesis, and characterization of porous materials. At CycloPure, leads scientific efforts towards developing and testing porous polymers for water treatment and various separation applications.

​Dr. Barin received his PhD from Northwestern University and he was a Miller Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley before joining to CycloPure. During his postdoctoral work, he worked on developing porous polymers for gas- and liquid-phase separations including toxic gas capture from air, separations of aromatic hydrocarbons, and removal and detection of metal ions for diagnostic applications.

Jason Spruell

Jason Spruell

Vice President, Commercial Development

Dr. Spruell is Vice President of Commercial Development, and is responsible for commercialization of the company’s novel adsorbent materials. He brings a deep expertise in polymer chemistry combined with industrial experience developing specialty chemicals and functionalized textiles.

Prior to joining CycloPure, Dr. Spruell served in technology and market-facing roles at Eastman Chemical and Milliken & Company, where he worked with customers across the supply chain to develop polymer-based materials.

Dr. Spruell has been recognized with multiple academic and industrial awards, including an R&D 100 Award Winning Product, Milliken’s Innovators Hall of Fame, and the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists.  He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University where he studied in the lab of Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, followed by an Elings Fellowship at UCSB, where he worked with Prof. Craig Hawker.

Fran Harding

Fran Harding

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Harding is Chief Financial Officer of CycloPure, with 30 years of senior financial management experience for international wireless carriers and wireless technology development companies.

Prior to CycloPure, Mr. Harding  served as Chief Financial Officer for NextWave Wireless and for Cricket Wireless. He served ten years at QUALCOMM, Inc., where he held senior positions, including Vice President, Corporate Controller, Vice President Finance, CDMA and Vice President Finance, International.​

Mr. Harding earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA from Alliant International University.

Roy Berger

Roy Berger

Chief Marketing Officer

Mr. Berger is Chief Marketing Officer of CycloPure. An experienced entrepreneur, he has served as a senior marketing and business development executive in telecommunication and technology companies for over 30 years. During this time he successfully introduced numerous consumer and business products to the marketplace. His areas of expertise include marketing communications, brand development, channel development, product strategy, and financial forecasting. Mr. Berger is responsible for the marketing, market and pricing analysis, and branding efforts associated with the commercialization of CycloPure’s technology.

Board of Directors

Frank Cassou

Frank Cassou

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Cassou is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of CycloPure. He is an entrepreneurial leader with 30 years of experience as an executive and advisor to technology companies in Silicon Valley, San Diego, New York City and Washington, D.C.

​Mr. Cassou has spent his career helping technology companies grow their businesses, and is a recognized expert in the development of technology products, providing management of finance, IP, licensing and government affairs.

​Mr. Cassou served as the Principal Executive officer of NextWave Wireless until its sale to AT&T in 2013.  Mr. Cassou earned a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from U.C. Boalt Hall.

William Dichtel

William Dichtel

Co-Inventor, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Dichtel is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of CycloPure. He is the lead inventor of the company’s technology, and a pioneering chemist in the development of porous polymer networks known as covalent organic frameworks (COFs), as well as other types of porous polymers. Dichtel’s research has been recognized with several national and international awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2015 for his innovations in polymer chemistry.

Dr. Dichtel received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He performed postdoctoral research at UCLA and Caltech before joining the faculty of Cornell University in 2008.

In 2016, Dr. Dichtel and the Dichtel Research Group relocated to Northwestern University, where he is currently the Robert L. Letsinger Professor of Chemistry.  Dichtel Research Group – At the Interface of Organic and Materials Chemistry

Harvey White

Harvey White

As a co-founder, director, and President of QUALCOMM, Inc., Mr. White was a leader in formulating strategy and managing business activities. At QUALCOMM, he and his co-founders invented wireless technologies that today power mobile networks around the world, and grew the business into a $100 billion global enterprise.

Mr. White was the founding Chairman and CEO of Leap Wireless, which built cellular networks in the US and internationally. Its Cricket Wireless is the sixth largest mobile provider in the U.S., and was the first carrier to introduce “unlimited” service; now the industry pricing formula.

After leaving Leap in 2004, Mr. White formed (SHW)2 Enterprises as a consulting firm. He serves on the boards of ViaSat Inc. and the Brain Corporation. He has also served on many San Diego business and charitable organizations, such as the Old Globe Theater, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Economic Development Corporation, the San Diego Padres and the Salk Institute.

Robert T. Symington

Robert T. Symington

Mr. Symington is a Senior Advisor at Avenue Capital Group. Prior to that Mr. Symington held the position of Senior Portfolio Manager for the Avenue Capital U.S. funds. In addition, Mr. Symington serves as a member of the faculty at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, having joined the faculty in 2014 as a Visiting Senior Lecturer in Finance.  Rob is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College and a member of the Advisory Counsel for Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Mr. Symington has an MBA from Cornell and a BA in English Literature from Dickinson College.

Scientific Advisors

Damian Helbling

Damian Helbling

Co-Inventor, Water Treatment

Damian is a co-inventor of the company’s technology, and co-authored publication of the January 14, 2016 Nature article.

Dr. Helbling heads the Helbling Research Group at Cornell University, and is a Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Helbling conducted the first study of micropollutants in the Hudson River, which was reported in July 2016.

Juan Hinestroza

Juan Hinestroza

Co-Inventor, Fiber Sciences

Juan co-authored the company’s fiber science technology in the October 25, 2016 issue Chemistry of Materials.

Dr. Hinestroza directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Lab at Cornell University, and is a Professor of Fiber Science at the College of Human Ecology. His work focuses on exploring new pathways for creating multifunctional fibers through nanoscale manipulations.