Who We Are
Dimien is a clean tech manufacturer of ceramics and inorganics that are used as additives in laminates, inks, coatings, plastics, and other ceramics. We provide high performance chemical products that seamlessly integrate into the manufacturing and production facilities around the world.
In 2013, Brian Schultz was finishing up his PhD in Chemistry at the University at Buffalo. It was then that he realized there was a major gap between what was being created/researched in academia and what companies could actually manufacture on a scaled level. He graduated from the National Science Foundation I-Corps program that trains scientists to become customer centric with the goal of commercializing technology. After winning the 2013 The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition, a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research (NSF SBIR) grant, and a New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) contract, Dimien launched with nearly $300,000 of non-dilutive funding. Brian brought on Sean Depner, a friend and PhD candidate at that time, and began the journey creating and perfecting our environmentally friendly manufacturing process.
Dimien has been the recipient of multiple NSF SBIR awards, NYSERDA contracts, Directed Energy grants, and Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) project funds. It is with these funds that Brian and the team have taken a process and products that would normally have been stuck at the academia level and molded it to be available at commercial scale, bridging that gap between academia and manufacturing companies.
Today, Dimien is a Cleantech company, consisting of four core employees and a wide variety of advisers. We are backed by private capital, strategic partners, and venture funds that share our vision and are accelerating our agenda. We are excited to be growing, taking next steps, and working with new ideas. Only great things are ahead!
What we do
Our mission is to advance state-of-the-art cleantech chemical products with innovation and world-wide distribution.
At our core, we are chemical manufacturers. We control a block of intellectual property around a water-based manufacturing method and a suite of chemical products. That environmentally friendly process uses water, temperature, and pressure to generate nanoparticles.
The inspiration for Dimien is centered on cleantech chemical products for energy conservation, storage, and generation. To achieve breakthrough impacts in cleantech we rely on a combination of strategic partners, government grants, partnerships with universities, private capital, our eco-friendly manufacturing platform, and our talented team to bring this to reality. Innovation is the result of teamwork!
Our manufacturing system takes hot pressurized water to the extreme to produce chemicals. Scientifically, this is known as a hydrothermal manufacturing process that uses supercritical water, which has very different and unique properties than water we use for drinking, bathing, and pretty much everything. It’s hard to imagine, but think about the drastic differences between ice, water, and steam; supercritical water is still water but with very different properties. Under the right engineered conditions, we use supercritical water to produce nanomaterials in a continuous fashion with narrow particle size distributions, high chemical selectivity, and high scalability.
The best part, we don’t need toxic solvents or harsh chemicals and nearly all the water we use can be recycled and reused!
Only in the last few decades have scientists been able to observe, characterize, and work with nanomaterials after the advent of high powered electron microscopes and various other characterization methods. In 2016, over 1,900 U.S. based companies conduct R&D, manufacture, or have products with nanotechnology.*
Nanotechnology and nanomaterials provide the world with unique benefits and capabilities including: superfast computers with vast amounts of storage, self-cleaning surfaces, stain free textiles, antibacterial surfaces, healthcare products, cosmetics, solar panels, high capacity batteries, LEDs, stronger more durable construction materials, and smart windows.
What We Make
We make chemicals, plain and simple. Our chemicals are incorporated into other various end products including high performance glass, architectural materials, and batteries, among others.
Interested in learning more about our products and what benefits they can provide to your company? Please contact email@example.com or submit an inquiry to learn more about our products, request samples, or learn about how these products can impact the environment and your bottom line.
Leading off our products is the E3 View Smart Window Series which automatically adjusts the amount of the sun’s warmth passing through a window.
Dimien has teamed up with Texas A&M University to further develop and optimize a Mg-ion or multivalent battery as a high energy density, low cost battery cathode.
We manufacture other various nanoparticle products that impact the energy landscape, many of which are still under development.
Brian J. Schultz, President
As President, Chairman, and Founder, Brian uses his multidisciplinary background in business, entrepreneurship, and chemistry to develop customer centric products and lead project teams. At Dimien, he has lead investment tranches resulting in more than $2.0 Million in federal, state, local, angel, and venture capital funds. Brian remains involved in the local startup scene as a mentor to fledgling teams through the Innovation-Corps Site program, the University at Buffalo TEC Panasci competition, and the local SBIR/STTR support system.
An entrepreneur from the beginning, Brian worked his local neighborhood by selling lawn mowing and painting services. He went on to earn a dual degree in Chemistry and Adolescent Education from SUNY Oswego. During his undergraduate studies he was voted into positions at the Chemistry Club (Vice President) and Outdoor Club (President). Immediately afterward, he earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo and graduated from the National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps program.
Outside of work, Brian spends time with his wife and three kids, explores local destinations, enjoys the outdoors, and is a food buff.
Sean W. Depner, Vice President of R&D
Sean started at Dimien in 2014 when the company was bootstrapping out of a small office. Sean is ideally suited for his role as the Vice President of Research & Development with a PhD in Chemistry from the University at Buffalo. Prior to which he proudly earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure. Sean has published numerous peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, presented his research all across the US, and helped create the intellectual property portfolio Dimien has today. Sean’s strong background in ceramics, composites, nanomaterials, colloids, mixed liquid/slurry formulations, and polymers; has helped build up Dimien’s product library to include fun, new, and exciting materials.
Although higher education is what initially brought Sean to Buffalo, he appreciates the snow and is an avid Sabres fan.
Edward H. Donowick, Lead Chemical Engineer
Ed is a Buffalo native. Ed holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering. At Dimien, Ed is tasked with moving production forward from both design and implementation to analysis and processing. He has been the lead Chemical Engineer at Dimien since 2016 and brings a needed skill set to the team.
Ed is an avid tinkerer, which allows him to bring a lot of new ideas to the table. In his free time, Ed works on various projects ranging from automotive and home rebuilds, electronics, computer controls and programming, as well as home brewing. Ed also enjoys exploring the city of Buffalo by bicycle, fly fishing, and dumpster diving. Yeah, that’s right! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Rachael L. Killion, Treasurer
Rachael has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University at Buffalo, which she earned in only three years. She has a wide array of acquired skills and attributes from past positions and life experiences. Rachael started her journey at Dimien in 2016. Her responsibilities have grown tremendously and she enjoys tackling new challenges that come her way. Today, Rachael is the Business Administrator and Treasurer. She embraces Dimien’s start-up culture and adds to the personality of our team.
Rachael was born and raised in Western New York, and is proud to call this area home. Outside of work, Rachael loves hiking, checking out new and “new-to-her” restaurants, and spending time with her dogs.