Dr. Mike Dixon is a global expert in desalination and water treatment technology working with membrane and thermal technologies in Australia, North America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Asia. Dr. Dixon has worked right across the value chain with technology manufacturers, water utilities, oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical companies, accelerators, and research hubs.
Currently, as CTO for WaterNEXT (Western Canada’s Water technology accelerator), Dr. Dixon’s responsibilities include day-to-day management of the accelerator as well as technical due diligence in intake to the program. He is also a senior technical advisor and on the founding team of the MIT startup Sandymount Technologies.
Prior to WaterSMART, Dr. Dixon was an applications development manager for NanoH2O, a global provider of reverse osmosis membranes that leveraged UCLA-developed nanotechnology to lower the cost of desalination with more than 300 installations in 40+ countries in the three years from market launch. LG Chem acquired NanoH2O in 2014.
Dr. Dixon is experienced with the development of intellectual property and the commercialization of new technologies. He has more than 60 publications in international journals and is an author of several books and book chapters. He has been an editor of the International Desalination Association Journal and a reviewer for the Journal of Membrane Science and Water Research. He was the national president of the Young Water Professionals for the Australian Water Association and in 2012 won the prestigious International Desalination Association Fellowship Award.