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Lisheng Gao

Consumer IoT More...

April 3, 2020

Sensor-enabled indoor and outdoor air quality (AQ) monitoring, management, and analytics. For low-cost AQ sensors in general, the market has low financial as well as technological barriers to entry. However, the AQ data-associated market has higher barriers to entry than that of sensors. For indoor ... read more.

Technology

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

April 3, 2020

Polymer-based materials for solid-state electrolytes

Solid State Battery Inc. (SSB) develops a nanocomposite polymer-based solid-state electrolyte for use in Li-ion batteries. The company was founded in 2017 in Los Angeles; CEO Freidoon Rastegar is president at Du Fu Engineering, a company specializing in roll-to-roll coatings, and Senior Chemist Wei-... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 3, 2020

Water-soluble paper materials for packaging of dry powders

SmartSolve develops water-soluble paper materials that can be used for paper packaging and packaging labels The material can dissolve in water in less than 30 seconds at 80 °F; it is highly sensitive to moisture and can be badly impacted in some environments The material is environmentally ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

April 3, 2020

Floating photovoltaic system with tracking capabilities

Floating Solar was started in 2017 as a joint venture of Dutch solar installer Sun Projects and engineering firm Dromec; to date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of, most likely, self-funding. The company makes a floating photovoltaic (PV) system where modules are deployed in an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

April 2, 2020

Personalized herbal beverage dispensing machine

The company was started by Mazing Lee (CEO) and Connie Lee (CIO), two sisters who previously founded design company Contact Design for lifestyle products. To date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from angel investors; as of 2019, it was an incubatee at the Hong Kong Science ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

April 2, 2020

AI-enabled platform to discover bioactive phytonutrients with health benefits

The company was founded by Dr. Jim Flatt (CEO), Dr. Lee Chae (CTO), and Sofia Elizondo (COO), all of whom came from Just (formerly Hampton Creek). So far, the company has raised about $6.5 million from a seed round in May 2018. Among its investors, we emphasize AgFunder, S2G Ventures, Horizons ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

April 2, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted patterns in life and work across the globe; it should come as no surprise that recycling efforts have been suspended in the interest of preventing its spread. Researchers are still gathering data about how the virus is transmitted and whether – or how long – it ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

April 2, 2020

Manufacturing automation and performance management software

The company was started by Eddy Azard, CEO and president, a Stanford University engineer; Scott Klages, vice president of business development, was director of marketing at Orbotech. The company develops a manufacturing operations/manufacturing execution software platform called TrackSYS. Compared ... read more.
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How to Organize for Materials Informatics

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.

When AI and Robotics meet Chemicals, Materials, and Drug Discovery: State-of-the-art in Autonomous Laboratories

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Over the past decade, we have witnessed the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and its applications in the use, selection, development, and discovery of chemicals, materials, and drugs. On the other hand, robotics has long been applied in several physical industry sectors (such as automotive) to increase automation. The combination of AI and robotics in “wet” labs (chemical, material, drug) to create “autonomous labs” is not only desired but has been an ongoing trend with early proof-of-concept examples. In this report, we will review the progress in developing autonomous labs and highlight a few key research groups; we will also discuss the challenges and assess the opportunities for clients.

Material Innovations for the Future Phone

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The electronics industry is in an arms race to build the next killer device, with possibilities ranging from foldable phones to transparent devices. The direction for the future phone will be dictated by material innovations that enable new possibilities; all this creates new opportunities for materials. This report will highlight the most promising areas for materials and predict what materials will be useful in the phone of the future.

The 2020 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

2019 was a tough year for chemical companies, as market slowdowns in the automotive sector and the Chinese economy. 2020 looks to be equally challenging with weakness in commodity markets and volatility due to external factors. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze top chemical and material companies using the Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB), which scores companies based on innovation effort and business execution. We’ve also examined the type of innovation these companies are engaged in and explore how their strategies change during trying times.

Digital sales platforms in chemicals update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Digital sales platforms encompass a wide range of business models, technologies, and strategies designed to reduce transactional friction, increase transparency, and simplify the process of purchasing chemicals. The last year and a half have seen explosive growth in DSPs adoption in the chemicals industry, with European players beginning to catch their Chinese counterparts. With that in mind, this report looks to the future to forecast the total adoption of online sales in the chemicals industry, and guide clients on the best platforms to leverage.

Digital Transformation of Field Service

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Emerging digital technologies are seeing rapid adoption in every industry across the value chain. While field service is no exception, it continues to lag behind many other areas. In this report, we will provide a deep understanding of field service, what are some points of transactional friction in delivering field service, and how structural shifts in this space are leading to sudden urgency in the need to digitally transform this area. We will discuss some key digital technologies and vendors that are enabling this transformation.

Decarbonization of Industry: The Future Role of Nuclear Energy

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

The story of nuclear energy has been one of both great promise and major disappointment. However, as pressure mounts to cut emissions and a new generation of reactor designs aims to address critical challenges plaguing the nuclear industry, understanding the future of nuclear is vital to decarbonizing key parts of the energy and industrial sectors. This report will look at the current state of the nuclear industry, the innovation landscape for advanced nuclear designs, and for which use cases and in what regions nuclear can play a key role in the future energy mix.

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.

The 2020 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Although it’s a mature, well-established, global market, the chemicals and materials industry still requires significant innovation. Major challenges include shifting feedstocks, new digital business models, sustainability, and fast-changing consumer preferences. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we’ve analyzed over 40 top chemical and material companies using the Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB), which scores companies based on innovation effort and business execution. We’ve also examined the type of innovation these companies are engaged in – internal versus external innovation and engagement in select emerging technology areas. This is an update to reports published in 2019 and 2018.