About FI

Foundation Instruments, Inc.

Foundation Instruments, Inc. was formed in 2009 and is a high tech, spin-out from The University of Memphis. We are committed to selling fully-automated chemical analyzers for on-site, on-line and real-time monitoring of trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs) in drinking water treatment plants and distribution systems. We help utilities establish real-time monitoring programs so they can optimize treatment practices, save money, comply with regulations, and provide high quality drinking water to their customers.

Our flagship product is the Trihalomethanes Rapid Response (THM-RR) system (US Patent # 8,336,371). It is a fully-automated chemical analyzer that determines THMs concentrations on-line, on-site and in real-time. The THM-RR is the only instrument capable of automated on-line analysis of both individual and total THMs.

Dr. Gary L. Emmert – Chief Executive Officer

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Gary L. Emmert, Ph.D. – CSO

Dr. Gary Emmert is the Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Instruments, a company founder, and the Dunavant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Memphis. He holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Miami University (Miami, OH) and M.S./B.S. degrees in Chemistry from Tennessee Tech (Cookeville, TN). Dr. Emmert has over 20 years’ experience working in drinking water. He has published the two definitive books and more than 20 peer-reviewed publications related to on-line monitoring of disinfectants and disinfection by-products, such as trihalomethanes (THMs) and haloacetic acids (HAAs).

Dr. Emmert has focused his career on developing chemical analyzers and data handling techniques to monitor THMs and HAAs in drinking water on-site, on-line and in real-time. He is an inventor on three United States patents (7,987,701; 8,076,652; 8,336,371) and four patents pending, all related to THMs and HAAs monitoring. These analyzers are being commercialized and sold by Foundation Instruments, Inc. to help utilities optimize their drinking water treatment practices, save money and produce high quality drinking water. The first of these analyzers is the Trihalomethanes Rapid Response system (THM-RR) that determines THM concentrations on-site, on-line and in real-time in drinking water treatment plants.

 

Dr. Paul S. Simone, Jr – Director of R&D

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Paul S. Simone, Jr., Ph.D. – Director of R&D

Dr. Paul Simone is the Director of Research and Development at Foundation Instruments, a company founder, and an Assistant Professor at The University of Memphis. His previous appointment was at The Citadel (Charleston, SC), and he received his Ph.D. in 2008 under the guidance of Dr. Emmert. He holds an M.S./B.S. Ch. in Chemistry from The University of Memphis.

Dr. Simone was recently awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation – Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 grant, with Dr. Emmert as co-PI. Dr. Simone has worked with Dr. Emmert for over 10 years developing new chemical analyzers for monitoring THMs and HAAs in drinking water. Dr. Simone has more than 10 years’ experience in analytical chemistry. He is co-author of two books, numerous papers, co-inventor on two United States patents (#7,987,701, 8,076,652), and four additional patents pending related to THMs and HAAs analysis in drinking water.

 

Dr. Michael Brown – Director of Technical Services and Research Scientist

Dr. Michael Brown is the Director of Technical Services and Research Scientist at Foundation Instruments. His previous appointment was at The College at Brockport: State University of New York. He earned his Ph.D. in 2008 under the guidance of Dr. Emmert during which he was co-inventor of the THM Rapid Response system (Foundation Instruments’ flagship product). In addition to the Ph.D., he holds an M.S./B.S. in Chemistry from The University of Memphis.

Dr. Brown was a Co-PI on a National Institute of Justice grant while at Brockport (2013-DN-BX-K031 (0); $208,491). Dr. Brown has worked with Dr. Emmert for over 8 years developing new chemical analyzers for monitoring THMs and HAAs in drinking water, and he has more than 10 years’ experience in analytical chemistry. He is co-author of two books, numerous papers, and co-inventor on three United States patents (#7,987,701, 8,076,652, 8,336,371).