Who Are We?
About HygraTek® LLC
HygraTek® is currently developing the next generation of cost-effective and energy-efficient liquid separation solutions combined with a patent-pending membrane technology that essentially strains oil from water. In addition, HygraTek® has developed coating technology that surpasses even nature’s ability to repel and attract various substances in unique combinations across the wettability landscape.
The company, which is privately held, was established in 2013. It has its corporate Research & Development center in the North Campus Research Center at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) campus, with its business development and marketing units located in Chicago. Contact us for more information.
About CogniTek® Management Systems
HygraTek® is a spin-out of CogniTek® Management Systems. CogniTek® is a closely-held Chicago-area business that specializes in identifying, licensing, and commercializing groundbreaking technologies from across the .
Areas of expertise include:
- Oil, gas, and biomass fuels production
- Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technology
- Power generation and thermal management
For more details, please visit Cognitek.com.
HygraTek® can solve these problems. Our ice-phobic coatings have the lowest ice adhesion values ever reported (<5kPa)!
We have developed a single-step, sprayable ice-phobic coating that is transparent, easy to apply, and will bond to nearly any surface (including glass, metals, polymers, ceramics, etc.).Incorporating HygraTek’s® ice-phobic coatings into aerospace and naval applications present new solution opportunities for intractable problems.
Our superomniphobic coating enhances the performance of a variety of surfaces, including glass, plastic, cloth, metals, and other materials. It is easy to clean or, in many cases, self-cleaning.
- Co-Founder/CTO HygraTek®
- Assistant Professor Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan
Anish Tuteja developed the first ever omniphobic/superoleophobic coatings. His work on omniphobic coatings has been referred to as “one of the five technologies that will change the world” and “one of the top breakthroughs in nanotechnology.” He lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO HygraTek®
- Founder/CEO, CogniTek® and a series of spinouts including Echogen
- Former CEO, Co-Founder, Echogen
Michael Gurin has been developing technology for more than 25 years. He has invented over 60 patented and patent-pending processes in a wide range of engineering and business disciplines, including heat transfer fluids, composites utilizing nanoscale additives, rapid application development control systems, biomass to biofuel conversion, and advanced thermodynamic cycles for power generation and industrial process integration.
He has become a leader in commercializing technology. And, with his diverse experience in corporate management (with full P&L responsibility), has transformed CogniTek® into a hybrid tech accelerator, leveraging synergies from each of the portfolio companies’ advance technologies. His areas of expertise include aerospace, food manufacturing/supply, and biofuels.
Michael met Anish through the University of Michigan technology transfer group. He recognized that Anish’s groundbreaking work in membrane technology, separating polar and non-polar materials, would have profound implications for virtually all industries, from aerospace to shipping, from packaging to medical technology and within CogniTek’s core renewable energy platform. They formed HygraTek® in 2013.
Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering as well as an MBA in corporate finance, venture capital and capital marketing analysis from the University of Michigan. He lives in Glenview, Illinois, with his wife, Shelley.