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.
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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.
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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.