Emerging Leaders
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Michael Carlson, Ph.D

CTO & Co-founder, CarboNet

Concerned by the lack of effective methods available to remediate massive quantities of contaminated water from industry operations, Mike used his understanding of drug delivery polymers to create a product that targets the removal of specific water contaminants as well as the NanoNet platform, a library of solutions that identifies the right treatment for each case of contamination. As a result, in 2021 alone, CarboNet was able to restore over 100 billion liters of freshwater for industry-use, largely from the oil field in Texas’ Permian Basin. Mike and his team are rapidly developing industry-specific solutions at a fraction of the price of other treatments, incentivizing industries to protect the environment simply because it is more cost efficient and effective to do so.