Surfanetix is a green technology start-up with a vision of providing straightforward and robust processing solutions to those industries that must contend with emulsion and/or surfactant-containing waste-streams. We are seeking to define a new level of sustainability and economical use in the field of surfactant technology.
Will Tilford, PhD. is the founder and owner of Surfanetix LLC. He has more than fourteen years experience in chemical research and development, with more than ten years now in industry specializing in process development and optimization. Dr. Tilford obtained his BS in Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University in 2003 and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2008.
Kevin Bicker, PhD. is a principal collaborator and technical consultant for the business. He is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Bicker's Research Group is principally focused on utilizing bio-inspired organic chemistry techniques to solve complex biological problems. He obtained his BA in Chemistry & Biology from Bluffton University in 2006, and his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2010.
How We Got Started
Will and Kevin both did their dissertation work in the research group of John Lavigne at the University of South Carolina, their time in the group overlapping a few years. After graduate school, Will began his career as a process research & development chemist, often finding himself tasked with scaling up and refining chemical processes in a manufacturing environment. Conversely, Kevin went on to a research fellowship at the Scripps Institute after graduate school where he continued to focus on the fundamental research necessary in developing medical diagnostics technology related to improving early cancer detection methodologies. These two seemingly divergent paths would eventually cross once again shortly after Kevin began his own research group at Middle Tennessee State University. With a concept derived from some chemistry the two had both practiced in their days at South Carolina, they began a small side project in their spare time. As the project progressed, and with the support of MTSU, they eventually developed their idea to the point of obtaining patent protection for this new technology and founding Surfanetix in 2015. Now, their aim is to bring their technology into the marketplace, offering superior separations capability to processes utilizing surfactant systems.