Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Recycled plastic has the potential to displace over 100 million tons of traditional plastic by 2030 due to new legislation and downstream demand. Where will this recycled plastic come from? Investment into advanced recycling technologies - namely depolymerization, pyrolysis, and solvent-based ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

PHA from carbon-based feedstocks like agricultural and industrial waste

On October 29, 2019 Bio-on announced that its CEO Marco Astorri had resigned after allegations of fraud had been brought upon the company by Quintessential Capital Management a few months prior; the company has since suspended payments to its employees. Marco Astorri and Guido Cicognani co-founded ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

November 15, 2019

Developer of AI-empowered devices for human-machine interaction

Rokid was started in 2014 to develop products for human-machine interaction based on AI and augmented reality technologies; the founding team has background in both AI R&D and corporate financial governance; since its founding, Rokid has raised nearly $160 million in investment funding; key ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

November 15, 2019

Multimodal urban mobility platform

The Singapore-based company was founded in 2018 by Colin Lim, who has held transportation-related positions at IBM and Singapore's Ministry of Transport. So far, the company has received an undisclosed amount of financing from Toyota Tsusho and Signapore's major transport service provider SMRT ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Silane-based hydrophobic and antimicrobial nanocoating for consumer applications

Liquid Glass Nanotech was founded by Sanjay Daswani in 2012; the company is based in Croydon, U.K. The company is a developer of silicone dioxide-based hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial nanocoatings and films for electronic and textile devices; it offers three coating product lines: ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Digital Transformation More...

November 15, 2019

Piezoelectric sensors, actuators, and transducers designed to work in harsh industrial environments

Offers ultrasonic sensors for industrial structural health and process monitoring applications; the sensors use lead-based piezoelectric ceramic materials Claims that unlike competitors' offerings, its sensors can be installed or maintained directly on high-temperature equipment without cooling, ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Developing and licensing engineered fibrillated cellulosic materials for pulp-molded packaging applications

Flexible platform for making fibrillated cellulose from lignocellulosic material; works with customers to tune the performance of the cellulose for specific applications Claims its process can accommodate a wide range of lignocellulosic material as feedstock, from virgin materials to waste/residues ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Primer coating technology for paper packaging to enable separation of layers at end-of-life processing

No Waste (NoW) Technology is a technology developed and patented by Policarta in 2014; Policarta is in the process of being acquired by AFC and will become a part of AFC Materials Group NoW's technology is a primer that can be applied onto paper substrates during the lamination process; this allows ... read more.
Company Profile

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

November 14, 2019

Metal-organic framework-based atmospheric water harvesting

The company was founded by a team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, led by Omar Yaghi. So far, the company has raised about $2.6 million in private placements. The company makes atmospheric water harvesting systems to generate drinkable water from the atmosphere using a ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

November 14, 2019

Advanced membranes and membrane distillation systems for small-to-medium-volume ZLD

Bootstrapped company developing advanced hollow-fiber PVDF membranes, which are highly hydrophobic, prevent pore wetting, and are robust to solvents and operate at high temperatures Membranes are used in membrane distillation systems with limited pretreatment; system recycles 95% water and can ... read more.
Company Profile

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The apparel industry is a huge market for polymers, coatings, dyes, and more, but the low cost tolerance and fast development cycles make materials innovation a challenge. However, there are increasing demands for sustainable products, differentiation, more functional clothing, and cleaner manufacturing. All this creates new opportunities for materials innovation; this report will highlight the most promising areas.

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

This report will looks at biologically enabled industrial productions processes like fermentation and synthetic biology. Their advantages are in being scale-independent, allowing for right-sized and distributed manufacturing, and enabling flexible production. But many companies have struggled and had to pivot toward high margin products to survive. By reviewing the top players and partnerships, and looking closely at the economics of key processes, this report lays out the impact biotech will have on chemicals and materials industry and their customers in food, medicine, agriculture, consumer products and more -- and calls out the right business models to succeed.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

This report will analyze the technical capabilities of existing metal 3D printers to: 1) define common use cases; 2) highlight further development areas; and 3) emphasize the caveats of metal 3D printing applications.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.

Digital Transformation: 2019 Review and 2020 predictions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

In this report, we will review key happenings in the digital space in 2019 and outline our top predictions for digital transformation in 2020

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

2020 Vision: Top Materials Developments in 2019 and What to Look for in 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

2019 was an eventful year in materials as issues of sustainability and plastic waste issues became a massive concern, digital challenges like materials informatics and data-driven business models continued to grow in popularity, new material platforms like metamaterials and applications like 5G rose -- all while corporate M&A and strategic venturing continued apace. This report reviews some of the biggest developments while looking forward to trends to watch in 2020.

Harnessing the Power of Plant Proteins

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Plant proteins are, and will continue to be, a key near-term opportunity within the realm of alternative proteins for the food industry. In the last three years, second generation proteins like peas, chickpeas, and oats have risen in dominance, signaling the diversification of plant-based protein sources beyond soy. In addition to differences in quality between protein-rich crops, the realities of agricultural production are relevant considerations, and there are further regional differences complicating the space. Companies across the agrifood ecosystem need to engage productively with plant proteins, both as competitive threats to existing animal protein businesses and as opportunities for new business growth.

Applications and impacts of bioinformatics across the agrifood and health ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 2020

Building on the first phase of Lux's thematic coverage of bioinformatics, the second phase explores the applications and impacts of this technology on the agrifood and health ecosystem through the lens of subjective and objective analyses. Applications and impacts are broken down for agriculture, food, and health and future recommendations of engagement in the space outlined.