Dr. McVerry designed and developed the Hydrophilix coating during his Ph.D. studies at UCLA under the guidance of Professor Richard Kaner. He was awarded two fellowships from the National Science Foundation: the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award and the Clean Energy for Green Industry (CGI) award that helped him begin focusing on the technology for commercial application. The chemistry behind the Hydrophilix coating has led to multiple patents and publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as earning Dr. McVerry a finalist position in the nationwide Collegiate Inventors Competition. In 2015, the coating was selected as the “Most Innovative Technology” at the Los Angeles Port Tech EXPO.