Our Story

ION began in 2008 when founders Buz Brown and Jason Bara saw the need to improve the current technology available for removal of carbon dioxide emitted into the environment. ION has created a novel, proprietary solvent for capturing CO2 more efficiently than current commercial solutions.

ION is currently developing its process and technology to scale up to the commercial level. With these advancements in technology, ION is striving to define the future of carbon capture as a cost-effective solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Our work with the National Carbon Capture Center in Alabama is the first step in our mission to help preserve our world for future generations.

 

Core Team

Alfred “Buz” Brown, Ph.D. – Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman

Buz Brown has over thirty years of technology commercialization and venture creation experience, including large and small companies, academic and venture capital roles, with particular expertise in early-stage high growth companies. Buz was the founder and/or CEO of over a dozen currently operating companies. Buz received his B.A. from Colby College, his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and was a post-doctoral fellow and faculty member at Yale University.

Patrick Wheeler – Chief Financial Officer

Pat Wheeler has over 20 years of finance experience working with companies ranging from small venture backed startups to publicly traded companies. Pat has a long history as an effective fundraiser and deep expertise in leading companies through the rapid growth phase and the IPO process. Pat holds a MBA from Regis University and a B.A. In Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Erik Meuleman, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Officer

Erik Meuleman has over 20 years of experience within the area of technology development for separation processes and has lead numerous international innovation projects with teams based in Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, China and USA. Erik has authored 15 peer-reviewed papers and holds three patents. Erik received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and is an adjunct professor at the Federation University of Australia.

Paul Tufano – Chief Strategy & Corporate Development Officer

Paul Tufano is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with over 35 years of leadership, business and financial experience. Paul has raised over $500 million of capital for venture-backed companies implementing commercialization and growth strategies. Mr. Tufano has earned increasing responsibility as CFO, COO and President within private equity and technology based businesses generating a cash-on-cash multiple in excess of 5 times invested capital to enhance shareholder value. Paul received his B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and is a CPA in the state of Texas.