William Dichtel, Co-Inventor
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
Damian Helbling, Co-Inventor
Dr. Helbling is the Principal Investigator of the Helbling Research Group at Cornell University and a co-inventor of the company's adsorption technology. Dr. Helbling co-authored the groundbreaking publication of the company's adsorption technology in the January 14, 2016 edition of Nature. In 2015, Helbling conducted the first comprehensive study of micropollutants in the Hudson River, which was reported this July.
Dr. Helbling received his BS in civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Helbling worked for several years as an environmental engineering consultant before returning to school and receiving his MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His graduate research focused on the use of sensor networks within drinking water distribution systems to monitor and control post-treatment water quality. Helbling did his postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) in Dübendorf, Switzerland where he explored the fate and transport of trace organic contaminants with a particular focus on biological transformation processes.
Juan Hinestroza, Co-Inventor
Juan P. Hinestroza, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, is a tenured Associate Professor of Fiber Science and directs the Textiles Nanotechnology Laboratory at the College of Human Ecology of Cornell University. Professor Hinestroza obtained a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Tulane University and B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Industrial de Santander. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Professor Hinestroza worked as a process control engineer for the Dow Chemical Company.
The main focus of the Hinestroza Research Group is to explore the interface between the technologically established and mature field of textile science with the emerging and revolutionary field of nanoscale science.
Professor Hinestroza has been the recipient of a myriad of awards, delivered invited lectures worldwide and been published in numerous scientific journals and mainsteam media. In the October 2016, Dr. Hinestroza co-authored the company’s fiber science technology article in Chemistry of Materials.