Who We Are

Aqualumos are a team of entrepreneurs and thinkers who share a common passion to preserve the planet for future generations. The below write-ups will tell you a little more about who we are and what makes us tick.

Nikolas Franceschi-Hofmann, Founder and CEO

Niko graduated from University of Connecticut with dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration. Aqualumos was conceived during his senior design project where he worked on the problem of eliminating PFAS in water using photo-catalysis.

Vijay Jayachandran, COO

Vijay is a seasoned executive who brings 20+ years of product and operations expertise from prior roles at United Technologies Corporation. He has extensive experience in leading teams and programs through the entire product life cycle of concept, design, manufacturing, installation and service.

Vijay has a passion for connecting technology to tangible business outcomes, with specific interest in infrastructure solutions that help humanity.

Brendan MacIntyre, Founder and CTO

Brendan is the CTO and co-founder at Aqualumos. He is a Chemical Engineer with a B.S.E. from the University of Connecticut and has expertise in designing, scaling, and simulating chemical processes.

Brendan has a passion for creating sustainable solutions that will leave our future generations with a clean and healthy environment.

Gabrielle Conrad-Amlicke, Founder and CMO

Gabrielle has an advanced understanding of social welfare - the intersectionality of public policies, political contexts, gender, environmental justice, and social systems - that promote legislative policies and customer-centricity. She is a critical thinker who supports program / project development, in addition to professional skills in her ability to leverage resources and create digital communication media for local and global scales.

Elizabeth Perry, Founder and Advisor

Elizabeth Perry is a graduating senior from the University of Connecticut with a major in Management. She joined the Aqualumos team after working on an entrepreneurship class with Niko in her junior year. Liz's specialties include content creation and working with startups, and her passion lies in socially responsible enterprises.

Shaylin Cetegen, Process Engineering and Optimization

Shaylin is a chemical engineer and NSF Graduate Research Fellow who brings technical insight from over five years of domestic and international research experience in photocatalysis, process systems engineering, and process optimization. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering at MIT.

Shaylin is passionate about applying her science and engineering background to develop environmentally-friendly technologies for increased water security.

Sri Divakaruni, Partner & Commercialization Advisor

Sri is Head of Business Development at Xinova, a global network innovation consulting firm. He is on the Advisory Board for several startups. Previously, he was Senior Director of Innovation Business Development at United Technologies Corporation for 7 years, where he was responsible for monetizing UTC's Intellectual Property and defining new growth opportunities. Prior to this, he spent 24 years at IBM in various engineering and leadership roles.

Sri's goals are to leverage technology and business innovation as enablers in creating sustained, differentiated value in solutions for clients, and when possible, to humanity at large.

Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon, Strategic Technical Advisor

Dr. McCutcheon is a leading expert in membrane separation technologies. He is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, President of the North American Membrane Society, and Executive Director of the Fraunhofer USA Center for Energy Innovation.

Contact us

Please email us directly at: info@aqualumos.com