David Mazyck, Ph.D., Director
Dr. Mazyck is a world-leading expert on activated carbon and its applications including mercury capture. Dr. Mazyck has developed AC products for major multinational AC manufacturers and regularly consults to them in technical issues. Dr. Mazyck is Chairman of the Standards Committee for the American Water Works Association and has developed products for NASA and consulted to all the major US based activated carbon manufacturers.
Dr. Mazyck received his Ph.D. from Penn State University in Environmental Engineering where he also earned a Ph.D. minor in Fuel Science. During his education, his research efforts were rewarded with a best presentation award, Mrozowski Award, at the 1999 Biennial Conference on Carbon. Furthermore, he received second place in the Pergamon Prize competition for best Ph.D. dissertation in 2000. Dr. Mazyck founded Sol-gel Solutions, LLC and its subsidiary Mazyck Technology Solutions, LLC, which developed air pollution control equipment for the chlor-alkali industry.
Research and Development
Heather Byrne, Ph.D., Director
Heather Byrne is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. through the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. Heather’s thesis focused on the mercury impacts in the cement and chlor-alkali industries and gained magna cum laude distinction. Her Ph.D. research examined mercury chemistry and sorbent development for mercury capture. Heather has consulted to companies on technical issues and worked fulltime with Cargill Fertilizer in the area of environmental monitoring and water resource projects in the phosphate industry.
Ameena Khan, Ph.D., Associate Director
Dr. Ameena Khan joined CCI in the fall of 2010 as the Associate Research and Development Director. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) and the lead in developing atypical activated carbons for Hg control for manufacture in the Carbonxt process. She received her Doctorate under the advisement of Dr. David Mazyck in 2006, focusing on manipulating the physico-chemical properties of activated carbon and creating novel activated carbon-catalyst composites for metal removal.
Christine Foster, Engineering Scientist
Christine Foster attended school at the University of Florida where she obtained a B.A. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. While at the University of Florida she worked with the agricultural laboratory department, where she developed her interest with research in a laboratory setting.
Jack Drwiega, P.E., Process Engineer
Mr. Drwiega is a recent addition to the Clear Carbon Innovations team. He brings with him experience as a project engineer whose responsibilities included project management, technology evaluations, process engineering and design, and construction administration services. He has contributed to a number of multi-million dollar engineering projects, most notably providing technology evaluation, process design, and construction phase services for a $19 million dollar continuous flow magnetic ion exchange drinking water treatment facility. Mr. Drwiega is a certified professional engineer in the state of Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering degree in Environmental Engineering.
Caitlin Gross, Director
Caitlin has a background in Environmental Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. Her previous research endeavors surround the development of a next generation point of use water purification device based on photocatalysis with a novel sorbent for the removal of organic contaminants. She also has experience in the area of groundwater remediation systems through working at Groundwater & Environmental Services.