Apoorv Sinha, Carbon Upcycling Technologies
Apoorv Sinha describes himself as a serial entrepreneur so it’s hardly a surprise he’s at home in Calgary.
When Apoorv took up the global challenge of creating useful products from greenhouse gases he settled in Calgary. At 26 he is founder and president of Carbon Upcycling Technologies, a start-up company that is leveraging the highly educated workforce and industrial facilities in Canada’s energy capital to make it happen.
These are the people who are turning bright, bold ideas into innovative new technologies and high-value products. They are focused on turning carbon dioxide from a problem into a solution.
The team Apoorv leads at Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) is focused on the development of a family of nanoparticles for use in industrial lubricants and chemical polymers as well as strengthening concrete and adding durability to asphalt. They’re being evaluated for use in applications as diverse as producing membranes for air and water purification, manufacturing of high-performance electronics and in new pharmaceutical drugs for tackling cancer.
The CUT team has developed a technology that captures carbon dioxide, combines it with graphite and converts it to various nanoparticles, including a substance called graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, with many potential applications.
They are currently working to advance the technology to commercialization.
Apoorv also serves as the vice-president of research and development at oilfield services and technology development firm zEroCor Tubulars and is a fellow with Alberta’s Energy Futures Lab. He clearly has his eyes on the bigger prize.
Carbon Upcycling Technologies has secured $500,000 from Alberta government’s $35 million Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s Grand Challenge. The company is also one of 47 finalists worldwide in the $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon X-PRIZE.