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Tugce Uslu

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March 28, 2019

On-demand part manufacturing services and web-based design automation software for 3D printing

The company was started by Florian Reichle, Marlene Vogel, and Gunnar Schulze in 2013 in Germany. The company develops 3D printing software solutions for design automation customization and provides on-demand polymer 3D printing services. The company's web-based software platform, Paramate, helps ... read more.
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Beltech
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Christopher Robinson

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March 27, 2019

Thin lithium metal anodes for lithium-ion batteries

The company was started by Lin Chen based on his Ph.D. research on lithium-sulfur batteries at Argonne and the Illinois Institute of Technology. The company develops protected lithium metal anodes, which it claims are differentiated by a thickness ranging from 10 μm to 100 μm; this claim is slightly... read more.
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Fisker
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Christopher Robinson

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March 27, 2019

Electric vehicles

The company was started by Henrik Fisker in 2007 as Fisker Automotive; in 2013, the company went bankrupt, and its assets were purchased by Wanxiang, which later renamed the company Karma Automotive; Henrik retained the Fisker brand and trademarks, founding Fisker in 2016. The company is a developer... read more.
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Volkswagen
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Tim Grejtak

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March 27, 2019

Volkswagen was late to the electric vehicle innovation race, and not entirely a willing participant. In 2015, as Nissan launched an upgraded version of its best-selling EV and one year before Tesla launched its own mass-market EV, Volkswagen was found to be cheating emissions tests of its "clean ... read more.

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Chloe Holzinger

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March 26, 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This is one in a series of insights examining innovation clusters in the energy industry, supported by primary research that Lux Research will be ... read more.

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Qpinch
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Harshit Sharma

Owning the Energy Transition

March 25, 2019

Industrial heat pump for recovering residual heat for process industries

Developed an industrial heat pump that recovers up to 50% of residual heat in the form of steam from waste heat streams in the 75 °C to 150 °C temperature range Key differentiator of the heat pump is the heat carrier, which is made up of liquid phosphates, water, and salts; during the heat transfer ... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

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March 25, 2019

Quantum dots for optoelectronics

Quantum Solutions is a startup that was formed in 2017 as a spinoff from academic work at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia The company focuses on the development and production of lead-based optoelectronic materials, with an emphasis on perovskite quantum ... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

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March 25, 2019

Biopolymer mulch film

The company was founded by Hugo Meunier and Roger Tambay; both founders have backgrounds in business, and Hugo has direct experience in manufacturing plastics. So far, the company has raised about $75,000 from a seed round in 2015. Among its investors, we highlight Cycle Capital and Ecofuel. The ... read more.
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Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

Point-of-care Diagnostics 2.0: Beyond the Clinic

Coverage Areas: Digital Health and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have traditionally been reliant on biomarkers that require specialized conditions and trained personnel to handle. First-generation POCDs also offer limited utility in the information they provide, and more follow-up tests are often needed to get more in-depth, actionable information. A new generation of POCDs is emerging that not only enhances what existing POCDs can do, but also offers new diagnostic modalities that are minimally invasive or non-invasive. In addition, POCD 2.0 increasingly allow the layperson to run tests at the convenience of his/her homes and get a rapid assessment, allowing follow-up steps to be taken to address any deviations. This report will assess the maturity of POCD 2.0 and how these diagnostics are playing a role not just in the clinic and in at-home-use for patients, but also among healthy consumers, offering predictive analytics that ensure consumers stay on a healthy path.

How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

The Digital Transformation of Warehousing and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

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Planned Publication Date: November 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

Ubiquitous Sensing

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Planned Publication Date: November 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Metal 3D printing Segmentation for Emerging Applications

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 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.

Smart home in China

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

The smart home segment in China is at the tipping point, driven by residents' unmet needs for convenience and security, the adoption of new home projects as a property differentiator, and the participation of AI developers who see smart home as a major user interface. This report will analyze the dynamic value chain of China smart home, compare key innovators and cutting-edge innovations, and identify market trends and opportunities for Lux clients realize business success in the growing segment.