Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

February 18, 2020

Recent investments, valuations, and product deployments related to shared micromobility have grown rapidly, thanks in part to the promise these devices show to decarbonize mobility, reduce congestion, and reshape transport in urban settings. However, the rapid rise in the popularity of these ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Tesla's Model S is arguably the most impactful battery electric vehicle (BEV) ever made, demonstrating that electrification can be a mainstream technology and compete with similarly priced internal combustion vehicles. Porsche's recently released Taycan was in many ways a response to that success, ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Additive manufacturing process using a combination of 2D (electrophotographic) imaging and a 3D printing technique called the Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process

Evolve Additive Solutions is a spinoff of Stratasys based on a research project led by Steve Chillscyzn since 2009; Evolve operates independently of Stratasys as of April 3, 2018; it has raised $19 million to date and is currently looking to raise another $40 million The company develops an additive... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Origin has developed a digital light processing (DLP)-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization (P3), with an open materials platform with validated cost and performance improvements for a number of cases. One of the cases includes 3D printing of 100 camera mounts that ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Concrete reinforcement solutions made of mineral fiber composite

The company was started by Per Cato Standal in 2009; it has offices in Ireland and Norway. Among its investors, we highlight Infinity Wealth Ventures, which is a basalt bar manufacturer in Norway. The company develops reinforcement solutions for concrete, made from mineral fiber (basalt or alkaline ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Production of cellular and acellular agricultural products from cell cultures; cellular products include clean meat, and acellular products include fermentation-derived proteins and food ingredients. The cellular agriculture landscape is set to grow further in the coming years. However, cost-... read more.

Technology

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Li-ion batteries for electric mobility

The company was founded by Huang Xuejie in 2003 in Suzhou, China, based on research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by Liquan Chen. The company makes prismatic Li-ion batteries for mobility applications; its uses both NMC and LMO/LFP cathodes, graphite and silicon/graphene anodes, and an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 18, 2020

Digital grocery recommendation platform

The company was founded by Spencer Price (CEO), Gabriel Nipote (COO), and Henry Michaelson (CTO); Spencer and Gabriel have a background in economics and business, and Henry has a background in computer science. So far, the company has raised about $2 million, including $1.4 million from a seed round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 17, 2020

Gas sensors using a redox reaction mechanism to identify and quantify gaseous chemicals

The company was founded by Pierre-Alexandre Gross and Ehsan Sadeghipour in 2018 as a spinoff from Standford University; the company relies on research funds at the current stage. The company offers small-form-factor electrochemical gas sensors using proton (hydrogen ion, H+) conductive Nafion ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 17, 2020

Carbon nanotube-based chemical sensors

The company offers carbon nanotube (CNT)-based chemical sensor chips; these sensors can detect analytes including gases, liquids, and proteins The sensor chips are fabricated using standard commercial 200 nm complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) fabrication techniques on semiconductor wafer... read more.
Company Profile

The Future of the Composites Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The composites industry is growing rapidly with the development of new technologies and market applications, but still remains very small compared to other incumbent materials like steel or aluminum. This report will take a holistic view on the state of the composites industry — encompassing both glass and carbon fiber alike — identifying key drivers and challenges and discuss strategies to grow the overall industry pie rather than simply competing over current markets.

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.

Will 3D printing replace 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 and can play an enabling role in vehicle electrification. This report surveys the lightweighting options from materials to design, assesses which will have the greatest commercial impact, and evaluates how they will interact with other critical auto industry trends like vehicle autonomy, connectivity, and novel ownership models.

Do digital healthcare models lead to more cost savings than traditional healthcare models?

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Digital technologies in healthcare are expected to increase in scope and to affect ever more parts of the healthcare system, as Lux has postulated previously. It is, however, vital to examine if new digital methods and innovations provide monetary value compared with traditional models of care. Technology for technology’s sake without evidence of being less costly in the long run, especially in a climate where healthcare costs are becoming unsustainable, can be catastrophic to all stakeholders. Through different models and projections, this report will evaluate if digital transformation of healthcare will indeed be less costly in the long run compared to traditional healthcare models.

Ultra-wideband radar sensors

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Ultra-wideband (UWB) radar is a promising technology for the detection of humans and moving objects, through-wall imaging, and search and rescue applications due to its high-resolution and high-accuracy features. With the progressive development of miniaturized, energy-efficient, and low-cost radar sensors, the applications expand to personal electronics, IoT devices, health care products, and robotics. This report will outline the landscape of the technology, reveal the challenges that need to be overcome, and provide outlooks on the future roles of the UWB radar sensors.

Autonomous Vehicle Cost Model 2020

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

As the cost of sensors, processors, and batteries go down, the overall cost of an autonomous vehicle is starting to approach feasible levels for ride-hailing and logistics customers. While fleets operating businesses in those industries will almost immediately realize cost-effectiveness, through a cost modeling analysis, we'll explore when other industries and consumers will be able to afford this emerging technology.

Solving Connectivity in Remote Industrial Locations

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Across industries, cloud computing has created an analytics revolution. But when a cloud connection isn’t easy to come by, for example on an oil rig in the ocean or at a remote wellhead, poor connectivity can stifle the impact of IoT and analytics. This report will discuss various solutions to the connectivity challenges presented by remote sites, including ways to transmit data and ways to reduce the need for transmitting data, and how to combine these solutions to enable complex analytics applications.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

In the age of mass customization, brand owners are looking for tech-driven ways to provide more personalized experiences to consumers. This evolving landscape will have lasting implications on how products are being manufactured and the materials being used to manufacture them. This report gives our take on technologies being developed to provide more custom products to consumers and how materials producers can position themselves to avoid the risk of getting left behind.