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Prof. Qilin Li

  • Founder and Scientific Advisor

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University;

  • Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering at Rice University;

  • BE, Tsinghua University; MS & PhD, UIUC; Postdoctoral research, Yale University

SolMem Team

We are a team of engineers and technology enthusiasts who believe novel technology and ingenious engineering is essential to sustainability. 

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Dr. Gordon Zhang

  • CEO

  • PhD, Chinese Acad. of Science; MBA, University of Calgary 

  • Former CEO of CNPC USA

  • 20+ years of executive management experience and tech commercialization 

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Dr. Charles Liu

  • Co-founder & R & D Director 

  • 30+ years of experience in membrane processes & water treatment and water tech commercialization

  • BE & ME, Tsinghua University; PhD, University of Houston


Mrs. Roxy Z Evans

  • Co-founder & Business Director

  • 18 years of experience in new product management,  tech commercialization 

  • MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Business

  • NPDP

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Dr. Jinjian Wu

  • R&D Advisor

  • Expert of solar membrane distillation 

  • Global research and project management experience

  •  BS, Fudan University; MS & PhD, Rice University

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Dr. Abdallah

  • R&D Advisor

  • Certified PE

  • Lead Research Engineer, NSF Engineering Research Center NEWT, Rice University

  • BS& MS, Alexandria University; MS & PhD & Postdoctoral research, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Dr. Ryan (Ruikun) Xin

  • Research & Development Engineer

  • Certified EIT

  • Project lead for federal-founded projects 

  • PhD, Rice University

  • Expert of solar powered water treatment systems


Mr. Andrew Ibarra

  • Research & Development Engineer

  • Certified EIT

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Houston

  • Experienced with solar powered water treatment systems and has a background in mechanical design, computer modeling, programming, and testing. 

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