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Vancouver-based pH7 Technologies Inc. has been recognized as a 2024 Clean50 honouree and as a Clean16 award winner in the research and development category, thanks to its closed-loop process for extraction of critical metals and minerals.

Founder and CEO Mohammad Doostmohammadi was inspired to create the company from his experiences being born and raised in Iran.

“I saw how people are struggling with the water over there, having been involved as a mining engineer (and) chemical engineer. Having garbage, lots of wastewater treatment plants, lots of mineral processing, mining processing that generates lots of wastewater, and that wastewater is not easy to treat,” Doostmohammadi told Sustainable Biz Canada in an interview.

“All of these experiences led me to found pH7, with one mindset: designing extraction processes without generating any wastewater.”

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