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

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.

Gokhan Barin

Gokhan Barin

Director of 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.

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.