Our Mission

We founded Claros Technologies, Inc. because we believe that air, water and other natural resources are limited and do not belong to one generation. The mission of Claros Technologies is to use the latest advancements in science and engineering to innovate solutions that enable sustainable use, recovery and reuse of these resources. Our moral obligation is to pass the environment to the next generation healthier than we inherited it. Hence, our ultimate goal is to offer industries and stakeholders a sustainable way to make products and build wealth.

Our Values

Protecting our natural resources with Environmental remediation from Claros Technology

Social Responsibility

We feel a great responsibility towards our partners, our customers and the global community, and we strive to ensure that our operations ultimately enhance societal wellbeing everywhere.

Claros Technologies offers our employees a healthy and diverse work environment to enable their growth as workers and as individuals

Workplace

We offer our employees a healthy and diverse work environment to enable their growth as workers and as individuals.

We build sustainable technologies and products to ensure the long-term success of our industrial partners and the perennity of their customers and the environment we live in.

Environmental Responsibility

We build sustainable technologies and products to ensure the long-term success of our industrial partners and the perennity of their customers and the environment we live in.

We provide our customers with state of the art materials and processes, while working to disrupt our own technologies.

Innovation

We provide our customers with state of the art materials and processes, while working to disrupt our own technologies.

Our Team

Claros has attracted a brilliant team who believe that innovation and mission-driven commerce can help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. Our rapidly growing portfolio of products and processes always aligns with our core values.

Our Technical Team

John Brockgreitens - Research & Development Director - Claros Technologies

John Brockgreitens, Ph.D.

Research & Development Director

John holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Minnesota. His expertise includes the development and application of nanomaterials in environmental systems. John serves as a Director of Research and Development for Claros, where he directly oversees product development, sustainability, and research activities.

Beryl Xia - Lead Scientist – Analytical - Claros Technologies

Beryl Xia, Ph.D.

Lead Scientist – Analytical

Beryl holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of California, Berkeley. Her expertise includes the analytical method development and chemical analysis via mass spectrometry. Beryl serves as a Lead Scientist for Claros supporting product development and conducting routine analysis for environmental clients.

Andrew Gonzalez Lead Engineer – Materials - Claros Technologies

Andrew Gonzalez

Lead Engineer – Materials

Andrew holds a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His expertise includes the development and testing of textile technologies and nanocoating methods. Andrew serves as a Lead Materials Engineer for Claros, where he directly conducts and manages research projects and textile product development.

Evan Leslie Junior Scientist - Claros Technologies

Evan Leslie

Junior Scientist

Evan holds a BS in Chemistry from Colorado College. His expertise includes chemical synthesis, material characterization, and experimental design. Evan serves as a Junior Scientist for Claros, supporting research and product development for both environmental and textile applications.

Brian Beall Analytical Technician - Claros Technologies

Brian Beall

Analytical Technician

Brian holds a BS in Biology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His expertise includes commercial analytical testing and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy. Brian serves as an analytical technician for Claros supporting the establishment of new analytical methods, development or sorbent products, and maintenance of high value analytical equipment.

Conor Broderick Junior Scientist - Claros Technologies

Conor Broderick

Junior Scientist

Conor holds a B.A. in Chemistry and English from Macalester College. His expertise includes synthetic and physical organic chemistry, photochemistry, and experimental design. He joined as a Junior Scientist after completing an internship at Claros through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Green Chemistry & Engineering grant program, and he now conducts research and development efforts for environmental applications.

Elvin Hossen, Ph.D.

Research & Development Engineer 

Elvin holds a PhD in Civil Engineering with concentration in Environmental Process Engineering from North Carolina State University. His expertise includes experimental and engineering design, technology development, and process optimization for water/wastewater treatment. Elvin serves as an R&D engineer for Claros supporting research projects, technology development, and scale-up and commercialization for environmental applications.

Rebecca Combs

 

Materials Scientist

 

Rebecca holds an M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota. Their expertise includes the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for renewable applications. Rebecca serves as a Materials Scientist for Claros, where they conduct research and develop products for both environmental and textile applications.

Our Business Team

Kyle King Chief Financial Officer - Claros Technologies

Kyle King

Chief Financial Officer

Kyle has over 20 years of financial and management experience across numerous industries. He started his career as a CPA for RSM McGladrey and then moved into industry leading high growth organizations as its CFO, including Cannon Technologies, a closely held company which successfully exited to Eaton Corporation. Kyle has also served as the CFO-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota, Office for Technology Commercialization working with their Discovery Launch Pad team that partners with management teams commercializing technology developed a the University.

Gregg Nelson Business Director - Claros Technologies

Gregg Nelson

Business Director

Gregg has 27 years of experience leading business development. On the executive staff for a manufacturer and direct-seller he served on numerous growth and process teams during a period which added over $40M. In Product Management roles he oversaw R&D and life-cycle management for a variety of B2B and B2C portfolios. Proactive and intrapreneurial, Gregg led the vision to establish a new business segment adding over $14M in the first 5 years. In this role he led high-performance teams to develop a catalog of products and to create manufacturing, marketing, sales, and fulfillment processes.

Will Hutchison Supply Chain Director - Claros Technologies

Will Hutchison, MBA

Supply Chain Director

Will has 20 years of leadership experience in all aspects of supply chain management. He is well-versed in product development and commercialization of new products and technologies. He has worked in a variety of industries and businesses of all sizes giving him a broad understanding of manufacturing, market dynamics, and growing partnerships. With an MBA focused on operations management and BA in Chinese Language, Will specializes in international business. He has spent years living and working in China and has deep expertise in working with suppliers across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Doug Parker PhD - Senior Market Analyst

Doug Parker, Ph.D.

Senior Market Advisor

B.S. Metallurgical Engineering Michigan Technological University. M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan. 27 years of experience at 3M in research, technology development and commercialization in a wide variety of markets. Successfully led successful commercialization teams. Extensive experience managing global R&D and new product development labs supporting over $1B in sales. Over the last 5 years he has been associated with entrepreneurial startups to commercialize products in a variety of roles including Founder/CEO.

Stacy Hanson Claros Technologies

Stacy Hanson, MBA

Sales & Marketing Manager

Stacy has over 25 years of experience leading marketing teams in brand and strategy development and marketing and communications execution. Her skills include strategic and digital marketing, copyrighting and editing, and media relations.

Stacy holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business with a focus on organizational leadership and integrated marketing communication. Stacy also received a certificate for Executive Women in Leadership through Cornell University.

Founders and Board of Directors

Abdennour Abbas Founder and Chief Technology Officer - Claros Technologies

Abdennour Abbas, Ph.D.

Founder and Chief Technology Officer

Abdennour is a scientist, engineer and entrepreneur with a recognized expertise in nanotechnology and a wide crossdisciplinary background. He holds a PhD degree in Materials Science and Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems. He published over 35 research articles and holds 12 patents and patents pending. He was featured in the European edition of the MIT Technology Review TOP10 Innovators under the age of 35. Dennor directs the R&D and establishes the vision and startegy for technology development at Claros.

Michelle Bellanca Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer - Claros Technologies

Michelle Bellanca, MBA

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Michelle held a variety of leadership positions at 3M Corporation as a Global Business Director and the Managing Director of the Strategic Ventures Asia Pacific. Previously, she was the Marketing Manager of the International Business Development for the Japanese Government. She holds an MBA and a BA in Economics & International Relations. She received the Edison Marketing Award, 3M Marketing Professionalism and Golden Step Awards. As Claros’ CEO, Michelle sets long and short term goals, establishes plans, strategy and vision and ensures a high performance team.

Jim Leslie Board member - Claros Technologies

Jim Leslie

Board member

Jim is an entrepreneur, mentor, and philanthropist. He is the Co-founder and former CEO of Flipgrid, founded in 2015 and acquired by Microsoft in 2018. Prior to Flipgrid, he was the Founder and CEO of Midwave Corporation. Jim was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2005. In 1998, he and his wife Norma launched the Leslie Family Foundation, which focuses on providing scholarships and educational opportunities to inner city youth. Jim also serves as Vice Chair, Franklin University Switzerland and is on the Children’s Minnesota Hospital Board of Directors.

Nicholas Walrod Board Member - Claros Technologies

Nicholas Walrod

Board Member

Nicholas Walrod is a Managing Director and Co-Founder of 3×5 Partners. He brings 20 years of experience as an investor, board member, and strategic partner to the service of ground-breaking companies in healthcare and climate solutions. Previously, Nick sourced and managed hedge fund and private equity relationships at Arnerich Massena. Nick holds an A.B. in public policy studies from Duke University.