Our Mission

The future of clean water

The current infrastructure of our water supply in the United States is aging and needs to be routinely monitored for water quality until it is updated with newer and safer technology. The process of identifying and replacing all sources of lead contamination in water infrastructure will take decades. Beyond that the need to monitor drinking water for toxic contaminants at the point source to ensure safety for our future generation will not cease. Our mission at NanoAffix Science LLC is to invent the future of detecting toxic contaminants in water (water sensing), helping to ensure that everyone has access to cleaner and safer potable (drinking) water for the future. Short-term we are launching a portable meter to detect lead in drinking water. Our long-term vision is to integrate this new platform technology within existing infrastructure for continuous monitoring of a variety of toxic contaminants found in water.

Our History

A look back, with an eye on the future.

  • 2009

    NanoAffix was founded

  • 2011

    SBIR Phase I award from the National Science Foundation (NSF): Novel Nanohybrids for Room-Temperature Hydrogen Detection

  • 2014

    First round of seed funding

    SBIR Phase I award from the NSF: Real-time, In-site Detection of Escherichia Coli Bacteria in Water Using Graphene

  • 2017

    STTR Phase I award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Graphene based Nanosensor Device for Rapid Onsite Detection of Dissolved Lead in Tap Water

  • 2019

    SBIR Phase II award from the NIH: Graphene-based Nanosensor Device for Rapid, Onsite Detection of Total Lead in Tap Water

  • 2020

    SBIR Phase I award from the USDA: A Graphene-based Handheld Device for Rapid Detection of Escherichia coli Bacteria in Water

    SBIR Phase I award from the EPA: A Low-cost Handheld Sulfur Dioxide Tester with a Hybrid Nanomaterials-Based Sensor Chip

    SBIR Advance Match for Phase II from the University of Wisconsin-System through its partnership with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

  • 2021

    SBIR Phase II award from the EPA: A Low-cost Handheld Sulfur Dioxide Tester with a Hybrid Nanomaterials-based Sensor Chip

  • 2022

    Business, Research, and Entrepreneurship in Water (BREW) Accelerator 2.0 through The Water Council

Our Team

Dr. Junhong Chen
Dr. Junhong ChenCEO and Founder
Junhong is currently a Professor of the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Lead Water Strategist at Argonne National Laboratory. He was a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and an Excellence in Engineering Faculty Fellow in Nanotechnology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on using nanomaterials to develop sensors that improve air and water quality.
Dr. James Hill
Dr. James HillChief Science Officer
James received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Purdue University and has spent the past several years working at small and medium sized companies as a research scientist, product manager, and research director. His areas of expertise are in electrochemistry, materials chemistry, and surface science. He is leading the research and product development efforts of the devices for monitoring toxic contaminants in potable water.
Robert Kopanic
Robert KopanicProduct Development Manager
Robert draws on a broad knowledge of product development in research, design and engineering after serving many roles in Global RD&E at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. over the past 20 years. He was part of several successful product launches, worked on technology acquisition, intellectual property, and whole company purchases for future growth potential. Robert earned his B.S. in Biology/Secondary Education from California State University of Pennsylvania and his M.S. and PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University.
Casey Kryshak
Casey KryshakMarketing Director
Casey received his bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Marian University of Wisconsin. He has several years of sales and marketing experience and is an integral part of the business development team. He is leading the marketing efforts by conducting market research and creating marketing content for NanoAffix.
Dr. Yale Wang
Dr. Yale WangResearch Scientist
Yale received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He investigated the gas sensing mechanism of heterostructure-based chemiresistive sensors and has experience with semiconductor clean room manufacturing techniques. He is currently working on sensor manufacturing and the development of sulfur dioxide gas sensors.
Alina Urbansky
Alina UrbanskyWater Quality Engineer
Alina received her bachelor’s degree in Environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has a passion for researching water contaminants and implementing strategies for effective water contaminant detection as well as gold recovery methods.
Sebastian Sanchez
Sebastian SanchezApplication Developer
Sebastian received his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He currently works on the development of the NanoAffix app and sensor testing.
Tanner Gabel
Tanner GabelComputer Engineer Intern
Tanner is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and studying Computer Engineering. He is involved in the development of the mobile application and assists the team with other software related tasks.
Tom Fernandez
Tom FernandezSensor/Marketing Intern
Tom received his bachelor’s degree and minor in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He assists in marketing research as well as sensor preparation and testing.

Invest in NanoAffix

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to invest in this cutting-edge technology as NanoAffix actively seeks Series A funding to get this exciting new technology into the hands of as many people as possible for water quality monitoring.