Nclear began as a mission of founder Steve Odom to find a solution to the global eutrophication crisis. Steve first became aware of the problem in early 2011 while meeting with citrus farmers in south Florida. After countless hours of research and experimentation, Steve theorized that a synthetic mineral engineered from natural substances would adsorb and sequester phosphorus. In late 2011, Steve was introduced to Denny Ivey, an environmental chemist. They began an arduous trial and error process to develop such a synthetic mineral in a lab environment using the following design criteria:
Safety (non-toxic and safe to handle, deploy, and treat)
Ease of deployment
Efficacy criteria to meet both binding adsorption capacity and market demands
Permanence (must permanently bind phosphorus)
Breadth of application (must work over a wide range of environmental and pH conditions)
Aesthetics (natural in appearance and odor-free)
By 2012, this research effort resulted in an early version of TPX™, which has since been refined to the current product. TPX™ was proven in lab testing to be superior to other media for removal of phosphates, and met all of the initial design criteria.
Patent applications were filed in the United States and in specific international targeted countries. Since then, patents have been issued in the US, Australia, New Zealand, China and Hong Kong, and are pending in 42 other countries.
In 2015, institutional capital was infused by Allegro Investments of Menlo Park, California, allowing the company to begin to commercialize the technology. Since then, R&D efforts have led to the introduction of Nclear’s ElectrX™ technology for the treatment of ammonia.