Our Story

The ION story began in 2008 when ION’s founders saw the urgent need to improve the technology available for the removal of carbon dioxide being emitted from industrial sources like power plants and refineries. A lot has happened since those early days. Carbon capture has garnered worldwide attention from governments, NGOs, and industry.

ION, with the help of a succession of grants from the Department of Energy and other organizations, has been progressively developing and successfully demonstrating its carbon capture liquid absorption system at various scales, including a recent testing campaign at the largest capture facility in the world, Technology Centre Mongstad, (TCM) in Norway. ION is now ideally positioned to lead the capture industry into widespread commercialization.


Core Team

Alfred “Buz” Brown, Ph.D. – Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman

Buz Brown has over thirty years of technology commercialization and venture creation experience, including large and small companies, academic and venture capital roles, with particular expertise in early-stage high growth companies. Buz was the founder and/or CEO of over a dozen currently operating companies. Buz received his B.A. from Colby College, his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and was a post-doctoral fellow and faculty member at Yale University.

Erik Meuleman, Ph.D. – Chief Technology Officer

Erik Meuleman has over 20 years of experience within the area of technology development for separation processes and has lead numerous international innovation projects with teams based in Europe, Brazil, Australia, Japan, China and USA. Erik has authored 15 peer-reviewed papers and holds three patents. Erik received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. from the University of Twente in the Netherlands and is an adjunct professor at the Federation University of Australia.

Paul Tufano – Chief Financial Officer

Paul Tufano is an accomplished executive and entrepreneur with over 35 years of leadership, business and financial experience. Paul has raised over $500 million of capital for venture-backed companies implementing commercialization and growth strategies. Mr. Tufano has earned increasing responsibility as CFO, COO and President within private equity and technology based businesses generating a cash-on-cash multiple in excess of 5 times invested capital to enhance shareholder value. Paul received his B.S. in Accounting from Bentley University and is a CPA in the state of Texas.