NanoH2O Recruits Global Operations Veteran COO

NanoH2O, a manufacturer of cost effective reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, has appointed global operations veteran, Doug Barnes as chief operating officer. The business is backed by Oak Investment Partners, Khosla Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, Total Energy Ventures International and Keytone Ventures.


NanoH2O, Inc., manufacturer of the most efficient and cost effective reverse osmosis (RO) membranes for seawater desalination, today announced that global operations veteran, Doug Barnes, has joined the Company as Chief Operating Officer.

“As we focus on further developing best-in-class RO membrane technology, it is critical that we build the necessary infrastructure to support our expansion efforts,” said Jeff Green, CEO of NanoH2O. “Doug brings extensive experience in translating manufacturing operations and commercial activity into business results. It is critical that we match best-in-class technology with world-class operations as we become the leading supplier of RO membranes to the desalination industry.”

Prior to joining NanoH2O, Mr. Barnes spent 25 years in high volume manufacturing with Planar, a leader in digital display technology. He served in various positions including Vice President of Global Operations and as General Manager, during which he was responsible for establishing commercial and manufacturing operations in Europe and Asia.

“I’m excited to join this impressive team of entrepreneurs,” said Doug Barnes. “NanoH2O stands at a pinnacle moment in its commercial history, already boasting more than fifty installations in thirty-three countries across six continents. In a short period of time, the Company has built a solid reputation as an innovation leader. As we expand both our manufacturing capabilities and commercial reach, we will continue to enhance our infrastructure and business models, positioning NanoH2O as truly the world-class leader in RO membrane technology.”

About NanoH2O, Inc.

NanoH2O, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets reverse osmosis (RO) mem­branes that change the fundamental economics of desalination. Based on breakthrough nanostructured materials and industry-proven polymer technology, NanoH2O’s thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) QuantumFlux membranes dramatically improve desalination energy efficiency and productivity. QuantumFlux seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) membranes deliver the highest flux and the highest salt rejection of any SWRO membrane on the market. QuantumFlux membranes are available in standard 8-inch (20 cm) diameter elements that fit easily into new and existing desalination plants, purifying water from a broad range of sources with improved productivity and water quality. NanoH2O is the 2011 Aquatech Innovation Award Winner in the Water Supply category. QuantumFlux membranes are Standard 61 Certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for the production of drinking water.

SOURCE NanoH2O, Inc.