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Michael Holman

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August 24, 2019

We recently attended the International Space Station (ISS) R&D Conference, in part to help chair a workshop on functional materials organized by the ISS U.S. National Lab, which manages all non-NASA research in the various labs on the ISS. While the facility runs experiments and programs supporting ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

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August 23, 2019

Developer of smart home appliances

The company was started by Xiaomi in 2014 to develop smart home appliances to manage and improve indoor environments; some of the key investors include Shunwei Fund, GGV Capital, and Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC); the most recently raised funding was a $50 million Series B ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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August 23, 2019

Developer of software and hardware products enabling smart home applications

The company was started by Zongru Liu (CEO) in 2013 to develop software and hardware products for smart home applications; before founding BroadLink, Zongru worked for NICTA (Australia's Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence) as a researcher and then founded his own... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

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August 23, 2019

Produces far-infrared textile coatings for apparel and medical applications

The company was started by brothers George and Ermis Psipskias in 2011 and is based in Manhattan, New York and Athens, Greece. The company is a developer of mineral oxide-coated textile and apparel that absorbs and releases far-infrared radiation which it claims can increase blood flow and therefore... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

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August 23, 2019

Functional coatings with tunable hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties

Hygratek develops functional coatings with tunable hydrophobic, oleophobic, and antimicrobial properties; the technology is not based on a single chemistry, but rather, the coating formulation is tailored to each substrate and application Claims that its superomniphobic surface can realize a contact... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

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August 23, 2019

Anti-reflective, corrosion-resistant, self-cleaning glass coating with claimed chemical sustainability

Vindico produces silane-based protective glass coatings with hydrophilic, anti-soiling, antifouling, anti-reflective, and anti-corrosive properties Sodium barrier coating prevents potential-induced degradation (PID); coating is "chemically sustainable" and has a 30-year lifetime  Can be applied via ... read more.
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Anthony Schiavo

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August 23, 2019

All types of electronic devices will need improved thermal management materials and systems. As chips improve their performance and more devices are packed into smaller areas, heat fluxes will increase, which will pose major cooling challenges. This report provides a landscape of material ... read more.

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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

August 22, 2019

Carbon nanotube-based adsorbent for organics removal in water and wastewater

Innovacarbon has synthesized an adsorbent filter using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to remove hydrocarbons, reactive dyes, and micropollutants from water and wastewater Product offers fast chemical kinetics, requiring less than a minute to reduce wastewater contaminated with tens of ppm concentration to ... read more.
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Mia Lu

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August 22, 2019

High-performance ultrafiltration membrane for wastewater treatment and reuse

The company was founded by a team of water industry veterans and has operated as a subsidiary of Canadian resource recovery specialist Anaergia. To date, the company has raised about $1.3 million from Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation and $10 million from FedDev Ontario, both... read more.
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China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: October 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.

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.

Ubiquitous Sensing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Emerging Materials Opportunities for the Apparel Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 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 Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Overview: As digital innovations penetrate the physical industries, they threaten to upend the products, processes, value chains, and customer relationships of incumbents. In this report, we'll examine the impact of digital transformation on the chemicals industry, highlighting digital use cases in R&D, manufacturing, logistics, sales, and beyond.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.

Automating the Last Mile

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This webinar will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.