During the 1960’s, nano-filtration membrane technology was first used at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) by Drs. Sidney Loeb and Srinivasa Sourirajan in the invention of water desalination processes. Subsequently, Dr. Sourirajan transferred from UCLA to the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada and was joined by Oleh Kutowy in 1973. Together Sourirajan and Kutowy further developed water filtration technology using ultra and nano-filtration polymeric membranes. Their work continued to reach beyond just water desalination and focused on process development for liquid separations with special emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of industrial processes and the efficient use of energy and resources.
From 1985 to 2005, Oleh specialized at NRC in developing membrane technology for the reclamation of used lubricating oil. His comprehensive knowledge in this area makes him the world expert in the field. During this period at NRC he was invited to give lectures on membranes to numerous international academies and institutes.
Attempts to find competent licensees while Oleh was still at NRC were not successful. Accordingly in 2006 Oleh left NRC to found MemPore and develop a commercial system for recycling used lubricating oil using membrane technology.
During this time, MemPore has successfully developed smaller prototype versions of his membrane unit as well as “pre-treatment” processes. This work received validation by Sustainable Development Research Canada (SDRC) through approval for funding.
In early 2015, MemPore reached a strategic partnering agreement with Universe Bright New Energy Investment, Ltd. (UBNE) to commercialize the technology and construct the first full scale commercial size system. UBNE specializes in developing and commercializing clean technologies for the Chinese and Asian markets.