Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 20, 2019

Develops water-based barrier coatings for fiber cups and packaging to replace plastic linings

The company was founded by Paperex Colombier, a converter and trader of paper and board products, in 1995; it is now part of the broader Colombier Group. The company makes a water-based coating dispersion technology for fiber cups and packaging to replace plastic linings; the composition of the ... read more.
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Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

November 20, 2019

Organosilicon compounds for Li-ion battery electrolytes

Silatronix develops organosilicon compounds for use as an electrolyte co-solvent in Li-ion batteries Although the company only recommends using low concentrations of its compound in electrolyte solutions (1% to 5%), it is not an electrolyte additive: Unlike a typical additive, it does not degrade or... read more.
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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 20, 2019

Mechanical and hydrometallurgical recovery of Li-ion battery materials

Develops two processes: a pre-processing step that shreds battery modules to recover metal current collectors, liquid electrolyte, and electrode "black mass," and a hydrometallurgical recycling process that recovers lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other metals from upstream "black mass" Commercializing... read more.
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Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

November 20, 2019

Symptom assessment tool to support patients seeking doctors

The company was started by Andrew Gardner in 2016. The company makes an app that allows for the scheduling of appointments with physicians and triage of patients through chatbots and questionnaires. Looking at applications and markets, the company is targeting NHS healthcare providers with high-... read more.
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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

November 20, 2019

The advent of shared mobility solutions has significantly influenced car ownership and urban mobility, specifically in city centers that also offer impressive public transportation networks and burgeoning micromobility options. Additionally, the gig and sharing economy have opened the door for ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

November 20, 2019

Remote diagnostic tool that scans and diagnoses vehicle electronics systems at OEM standards

AsTech's remote diagnostic device allows technicians to scan, diagnose, recalibrate, and help in the repair of damaged vehicle electronic components by connecting to OEM scan tools over the internet The company has IP that covers remote, bidirectional communication between a vehicle's computer and a... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

The introduction of autonomous driving is one of the largest forces of change in the automotive industry today. While the short-term opportunities lie in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), which still require a human driver to supervise the system, longer-term Level 4 autonomous vehicles, which ... read more.

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Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

November 19, 2019

Plasma thermionic energy converter targeting remote power generation and waste heat recovery

Develops a thermionic energy converter utilizing a cesium plasma to produce DC current from heat Initial device offerings have power outputs of 50 W, 120 W, and 500 W and utilize natural gas and other fuels to produce heat up to 1,900 °C; Atlas is developing a larger device on the hundreds of watts ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Digital agriculture platform focusing on Russian region

Develops a farm management platform that links growers, produce distributors, and input suppliers through digital platforms In 2019, Intterra released the first version of its platform (SkyScout Advisor), which targets agriculture advisers and currently covers 25 million acres throughout Russia ... read more.
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How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?

How to organize for materials informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The potential of materials informatics (MI) to change the way R&D is done within chemical and material companies — and by their customers — is becoming increasingly clear. Lux has highlighted potential MI strategies and the importance of consortia or other collaborations to increase acess to data, but having the right internal organization to make strategic use of this data, and the new business models and MI can enable, can be just as critical. This report provides a guideline on how to form an internal MI strategy, laying out the key steps and questions to ask, as well as the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How 3D printing replaces conventional manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, and discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve for these areas

Diversification of the Pulp & Paper Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Decades ago, graphic paper was a powerhouse, its global demand growth consistently outpacing GDP growth. Things have changed: The majority of inefficient paper mills have already been shut down, and others are now seeing a shift towards packaging and specialty products. In this report, we will explore new innovation needs and opportunties in the modern pulp and paper industry, from diversification into flexible paper packaging and nanocellulose products to progress on converting long-standing biomass waste sources like lignin.

The Future of Automotive Lightweighting

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Lightweighting is one of the most promising routes to improved automotive fuel efficiency, including for promoting vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they're interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.