Our Story

Water Harvesting Inc was formed in the summer of 2018 to commercialize atmospheric water harvesting systems based on MOFs (metal organic frameworks). MOFs were pioneered by Professor Omar Yaghi at the University of California, Berkeley, and have been demonstrated to work for atmospheric water harvesting application, even under very arid conditions. Water Harvesting Inc has negotiated an exclusive licensing agreement with UC Berkeley to develop and commercialize water harvesting systems. It has also recently filed three provisional U.S. patent applications related to details of the system design. Water Harvesting Inc combines industry leaders, each with decades of experience, MOF experts, and a commitment to addressing the global challenge of water scarcity.

Our Board of Directors

Laura Smoliar, PhD


Bill Gallo


Omar Yaghi, PhD


Michael O'Donnell


Our Team

Bill Gallo

Chief Executive Officer

Bruno Marchon, PhD

Chief Technology Officer

Frank Slovenec

VP, Strategy and Business Development

Julia Jacobson

Manager, Administration

Eugene Kapustin, PhD

Development Engineer

David S. Kuo, PhD


Thuyhong Nguyen


Taber Smith, PhD

Engineering Leader

Anita Choi

IP Counsel
Morrison & Foerster

Carole-Lynn Glass


Our Advisors

Pete Johnson

Azimuth Capital Management

Fred Kittler

Founder and Managing Partner,
Firelake Capital

Our Technology

MOFs, or metal-organic frameworks, are an innovative class of materials constructed from metal-containing units, joined by simple organic molecules, that result in an open crystalline framework. MOFs are exceptionally porous: one gram of a typical MOF has a surface area which can cover an entire football field. Recently, MOFs have shown potential in storing hydrogen and natural gas, capturing carbon dioxide from flue gas, and for heterogeneous catalysis applications [1]. Water Harvesting Inc seeks to use MOFs as a material for water harvesting even in the most arid regions of the world. In 2017, the first ever MOF-based Water Harvester was built and tested by UC Berkeley, to capture water from the atmosphere [2]. In 2018, the same team deployed MOF harvesters powered by natural sunlight in the Southwest desert of Arizona and California, to produce water of drinking quality [3-5]. Professor Omar Yaghi's new, patented MOF-303, is based on aluminum cations linked by 3,5-pyrazoledicarboxylic acid units. It is synthesized in water, does not require any catalyst, and can be scaled-up to industrial quantities. One unique feature of this MOF is that it works like a sponge to atmospheric moisture. It captures water even under extremely low humidity and high temperature conditions, and unlike other porous materials such as zeolites, water does not require much heat to desorb from MOF materials, making them the materials of choice for energy-friendly water harvesting in dry places.

Water Harvesting Inc now owns the exclusive rights to commercialize the use of UC Berkeley's MOF materials for atmospheric water capture. For this purpose, we have developed a technology that exploits the unique ability of MOF materials to adsorb and release water seamlessly, with little energy penalty, unlike conventional, condensation-based water harvesters. We have filed a provisional U.S. Patent Application (#62/795,332) describing the system design, and plan on offering commercial units for purchase in the near future.

[1] The Chemistry and Applications of Metal-Organic Frameworks, Science (2013)
[2] Water Harvesting from Air with Metal-Organic Frameworks Powered by Natural Sunlight, Science (2017)
[3] Adsorption-based Atmospheric Water Harvesting Device for Arid Climates, Nature Communications (2018)
[4] Practical Water Production from Desert Air, Science Advances (2018)
[5] Rapid Cycling and Exceptional Yield in a Metal-Organic Framework Water Harvester, ACS Central Science (2019)

Our Partners


Title: Chemist
Location: Newark, CA

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Design, synthesize and characterize novel metal-organic frameworks materials (MOF) for water harvesting applications
• Formulate MOF into various form-factors for highest efficiency
• Develop novel testing protocols for best scalability, reliability and performance
• Organize and communicate technical results to the team in a timely fashion

• PhD or MS in chemistry or material science, with extensive hands-on experience
• Proficiency in running chemical synthesis and analysis in laboratory
• Knowledge of basic characterization techniques, including NMR, IR, and EA
• Ability to work and communicate efficiently across multidisciplinary teams

Title: Mechatronics Engineer
Location: Newark, CA

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
• Product design: mechanical design, electronics design, and HW/SW/FW integration
• Material processing equipment design and fabrication
• Prototype design and fabrication
• Develop reliability test methodology
• Organize and communicate technical results to the team in a timely fashion

• PhD or MS in mechanical engineering or related fields, with extensive hands-on experience
• Proficiency in CAD design, methods for parts fabrication and sensors/electronics integration
• Knowledge of heat transfer, thermo-dynamics, thermal mechanical design and software/firmware/hardware integration
• Ability to work and communicate efficiently across multidisciplinary teams

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