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SpongeInc

Our goal is to create global impact. We believe our innovation, “Sponge”, is the product to make it happen.

Pinar Guvenc, Co-Founder

GLOBAL BUZZ

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PUBLICATIONS
33
COUNTRIES
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INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITS
3
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS AND HONORS

WHAT IS SPONGE?

Sponge is a reusable, carbon based material that is super hydrophobic and oleophilic: meaning it repels water and absorbs any oil based contaminants. The multi-level porosity allows the material to absorb up to 15 times of its own weight, as well as trapping the absorbed contaminants within inner pores. The effectiveness of Sponge does not change with different salinity levels, allowing it to be used for the clean-up of all types of water.

superhydro

University of California Riverside

Derived from sugar, our material is affordably scalable. It can be used in powder form and potentially be produced in fiber and composite structure. Coupled with Sponge’s other characteristics such as electromagnetic and thermal insulation, the flexibility of the material’s form and applications makes Sponge a self-giving gift. In addition to water decontamination, Sponge proposes applications in many other industries such as naval architecture, construction, textiles, aerospace industry and household goods.

absorb

University of California Riverside

MEET OUR TEAM

Sponge team is a great example of engineers and designers joining forces: Prof. Ozkans' material science and engineering lab at UC Riverside and designers at international architecture and design studio Eray/Carbajo.

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Prof. Cengiz Ozkan Co-Founder

Member of UNESCO Chair in MATECSS

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Pinar Guvenc, MSc Co-Founder

Managing Partner at ERAY/CARBAJO

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Prof. Mihri Ozkan Co-Founder

Climate Action Champion, Professor at UC Riverside

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Dr. Brinda Wiita VP of Strategy

Former Executive Director Johnson & Johnson, Founder Open mind Innovation

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Rich McMahon Advisor

Former Chief Strategy Officer Bed Bath & Beyond, CEO of cda Ventures LLC

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Prof. Ziya Guvenc Advisor

Board Member, Roketsan. Chairman of the Board, Turkey. Construction Machinery Cluster. Former Chancellor, Cankaya University

LAST REPORT

The team has created global awareness on the material  in more than 30 countries, with more than 350+ publications including major outlets such as Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Discovery Channel and Huffington Post. The swimwear design Sponge Suit with the concept of “clean seas as you swim” won the Reshape International Wearable Technology Competition in 2015, and Sponge became a global finalist at Climate Launchpad 2016, winning 2nd Prize and Audience Favorite award.

Eray/Carbajo

Eray/Carbajo

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