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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

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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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Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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?

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

The Modern-day Biotech Business Model

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q4 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.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

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.