Delivering a Sustainable Future

Creating a Pollution-Free World

About

We are a green technology company incorporated in 2015 focussed on designing smart materials for environmental applications.

Our belief is that deep science holds the answers to a myriad of environmental challenges that pose a threat to our planet and wellbeing.

Cutting-edge material design coupled with creative engineering can provide a new horizon for addressing the global market PFAS treatment requirements.

 

Our Mission

Protecting Environmental and Human Health

 
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The PFAS Challenge

The PFAS family comprises approximately 4700 different man-made compounds categorised into different sub-sets. For over 60 years PFAS were used in the manufacturing of many products which led to their widespread release into the environment.

The physio-chemical properties of PFAS make them extremely resistant to natural degradation and they are often referred to as “forever chemicals”, due to their persistence in the environment, such as in soil and water. They are hard to treat and conventional technologies in many cases cannot meet removal demands.

 

Overwhelming evidence has connected PFAS to severe health effects, such as several types of cancer, and compromised immune-responses, which is now under a spotlight due to Covid-19.

 

A wave of regulation is now setting PFAS maximum contaminant levels to mitigate population exposure. In February 2020, US Congress approved the PFAS Action Act (2019) and the EU Water Framework Directive was amended to include 20 PFAS compounds.

 

Technology

The company has developed a novel platform technology that facilitates surface modification of a range of select substrates with tailored “PFAS-friendly” molecular groups. The result is a suite of adsorbent materials, exhibiting high selectivity towards diverse PFAS compounds adaptable for multiple applications.

 

How It Works

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Markets

The market for treatment of PFAS is driven primarily by regulation and cuts across a wide range of sectors and geographies.

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Environmental Remediation

PFAS infiltration into groundwater requires a dedicated approach to enable effective remediation of polluted groundwater sites. Our adsorbents can be implemented easily, enabling retrofitting of existing assets if required. The highly selective PFAS adsorbent requires shorter Empty Bed Contact Times, leading to lower footprints and lower CAPEX. The flexibility of the solution enables application in diverse sites and scenarios.

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Potable Water Treatment

PFAS infiltration into groundwater requires a dedicated approach to enable effective remediation of polluted groundwater sites. Our adsorbents can be implemented easily, enabling retrofitting of existing assets if required. The highly selective PFAS adsorbent requires shorter Empty Bed Contact Times, leading to lower footprints and lower CAPEX. The flexibility of the solution enables application in diverse sites and scenarios.

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Point-of-Use

POU systems can serve as an affordable frontline barrier to PFAS for affected communities. Our unique technology platform and production methods allow functionalisation of various substrates, hence our technology can be applied in diverse formats to meet a wide range of POU system demands.

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Industrial 

Manufacturing Facilities

Many manufacturing facilities are required to treat their wastewater to meet stringent regulations prior to discharge into the environment or the municipal sewage system. Our adsorbents be designed as a polishing step in an industrial wastewater treatment process, whilst also considering high concentrations of PFAS, typically present in this application.

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Commercial 

Airports/

Military Bases 

The use of Aqueous Forming Foams (AFFF) has exposed many airports and military bases to environmental challenges pertaining to PFAS contamination in groundwater and run-off water. Our adsorbents can be tailored to remove different classes of PFAS at varying concentrations, depending on the circumstances. An easily deployable and effective treatment solution can be designed for meeting environmental discharge permits.                                                                                                               

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Meet the Team

We have a very strong diversity and inclusion focus, and our team comprises a range of individuals representing different cultures, ages, backgrounds and experiences.

We are proud that all of our team members are passionate about creating meaningful and long-term societal and environmental impact.

 

Henrik Hagemann

Chief Executive Officer

and Co-Founder

Following his 1st class Meng in Bioengineering, Henrik completed an Enterprise Fellowship with the Royal Academy of Engineering 1851 Royal Commission. In 2018, Henrik was awarded the MIT Tech Review 35 Innovators under 35 and featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for Industry & Manufacturing. He practices Wushu, has worked as a potato farmer, and cycled the Silk Route from China to Denmark in 87 days.

Tali Harif​, PhD, MBA

Chief Commercial Officer

Tali has over 20 years’ experience in water markets, has a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MBA in high-growth company management from the Israel College of Management. She’s an advocate of innovation and has focussed her career on bringing new tech to market. In her spare time Tali enjoys swimming, music, travelling, and the odd game of chess.

James Thadchanamoorthy

Chief Financial Officer

James has 25 years’ experience in finance and has held senior finance positions across large corporates and AIM-listed companies/early-stage businesses, offering both strategic and commercial support for developing business growth. In his spare time, James enjoys sports like rugby and tennis. He also supports several charitable initiatives and is a trustee of a children’s charity supporting orphans in India.

Simon Foxon, PhD

Head of Product Development

Simon has 20 years’ experience working in academia and industry (40 papers and 5 patents), with a BSc and DPhil in chemistry from the University of York. He has a broad depth of knowledge, spanning chemistry and material science and has previously worked at energy storage start-ups Nexeon and ZapGo. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, running, going to the cinema and herding cats.

Octavia Blackburn, PhD

Product Development Team Leader

Octavia completed a PhD in Chemistry at The University of Manchester studying dyes for electronic paper. She has 10 years post-PhD research experience as a postdoc at The University of Oxford researching lanthanide coordination chemistry, and in various positions at Syngenta, BP and Johnson Matthey. In her spare time, Octavia enjoys painting furniture and playing squash.

Tamara Bolterdorf, PhD

Senior Product Development Scientist

Tamara completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford and her PhD and postdoc at Imperial College London, where her research focussed on designing optical imaging probes to visualise inflammation. She is now applying her background in molecular recognition and sensing to material development at Puraffinity. In her spare time, Tamara enjoys running and dancing Salsa.

Michelle Moyo

Chemical Engineer

Michelle completed an MEng in Chemical Engineering at Swansea University and then worked as a Quality Assurance scientist, where she fabricated and tested organic thin-film transistors. At Puraffinity, she is part of the engineering team working on material performance in different water treatment applications. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys dancing, binge watching Netflix series and the occasional drink with friends.

Liberty Rockey

Product Development Scientist

Liberty has an MChem from the University of Bath. Her research experience focused on water adsorbent technology with a circular economy approach, including Metal-Organic Frameworks.  Her work experience includes nanofiltration and electrodialysis technology comparisons for liquid waste separation at PWN Technologies in the Netherlands. In her spare time, Liberty can be found dancing, mainly ballet and tap, or baking.

Rob Clarke

Graduate Chemical Engineer

Rob completed an MEng in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, before joining Puraffinity as a graduate. His academic interests lie in modelling and optimisation, and he’s applying these principles to production and engineering at Puraffinity. Outside of the office Rob loves being adventurous in his cooking and baking, as well as playing the guitar.

Leah Dilorenzo

Apprentice Lab Technician

Leah has a BSc in Computer Science from The University of Westminster. She is currently working towards a Lab Technician qualification alongside a diploma in Applied Science. Previously she studied digital design and photography, and volunteered as a graphic designer along with creating digital graphics freelance. In her spare time, Leah enjoys building model kits, drawing portraits, and taking care of her collection of tarantulas.

Zakeeyah Edoo

Apprentice Lab Technician

Zakeeyah has previously studied Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and French in her A-Levels. She is currently taking an apprenticeship to gain a lab technician qualification and dreams of completing a PhD in Biochemistry and pursuing research.  At Puraffinity, Zakeeyah assists in experiments as well as day to day lab operations. In her free time, she enjoys nature, baking, ice skating, horse riding and travelling.

Esteban has nearly a decade of operational experience covering marketing, buying and merchandising. He’s worked in rapid growth companies and luxury fashion stores across two continents, and helps businesses develop company-wide administrative processes whilst also providing support to senior stakeholders. He has a BSc in International Studies, and in his spare time enjoys travelling and attending music festivals.

Nathan Clemence, PhD​

Senior Process Chemist

Nathan has a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Edinburgh, completed post-doctoral research in Prague and Manchester, and then worked for over six years in the pharmaceutical and contract research industries.  He is highly involved with post-punk and synth music, having extensive experience as a DJ and gig promoter, in addition to producing and performing his own original bands and solo projects.

Esteban Rangel

Office Administrator

Advisors

Steve Colley, PhD, MBA

Dr. Colley has over 25 years’ experience and expertise transcending process engineering, process development and industrial chemistry with focus on developing adsorbents for high-value markets. Previously Water Director for Johnson Matthey Water Technologies Division, he now consultants privately on Ion Exchange and Ion Exchange processes and is an independent manufacturer of selective Ion Exchange/Chelating materials.

Steve Gluck, PhD

Dr. Gluck specialises in water and wastewater treatment technologies, with over 30 years’ experience in this field.  His expertise includes water chemistry and systems for water treatment, membrane technology, analytical chemistry, technical due diligence and technical exploration. Until 2015, he held a fellow position at Dow Chemical leading development in the fields of water technology, alternative feedstocks from algae, environmental analytical chemistry, process analysis, and organic chemicals analysis.

Frank Brigano, PhD

Dr. Brigano has over 30 years’ experience in the Point-of-Use market. He’s worked for leading Tier 1 POU manufacturers, and over the last 13 years, until recently, held the role of VP within Marmon Water leading technology development efforts and IP portfolio management of many of Marmon Water’s daughter companies. He also served as Vice-Chairman and voting member of the NSF International Drinking Water Treatment Unit Joint Committee and Chairman of the NSF International Certification Council.

 
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Investors, Supporters & Partners

We are thrilled to be partnering with exceptional organisations who continually support us and our mission.

 

Kindred Capital is an early stage venture capital investor, focusing on European technology companies. Based in London, Kindred are the pioneers of a unique Equitable Venture model.

HG ventures is the corporate venture arm of The Heritage Group of Indianapolis USA who specialises in investing and partnering with companies developing advanced materials and sustainability tech companies

Verve capital (Investiere) is one of the most active early stage venture investors in Switzerland with over 70 investments

PFAS News

The PFAS Project Lab

PFAS

Central

US Department of Defence – PFAS Spotlight

Bloomberg Law: The PFAS Project

Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council – PFAS

Concawe report – Review of water treatment systems for PFAS removal:

Environmental Working Group Interactive PFAS contamination map

OECD PFAS portal

USEPA PFAS action plan

Nordic Council of Ministers - PFAS in the Nordic environment

Nordic Council of Ministers report – The Cost of Inaction

 
 

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Innovation Hub,

84 Wood Lane,

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020 7164 6057

info@puraffinity.com

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