Yuan-Sheng Yu

Owning the Energy Transition

May 17, 2019

Modular dry anaerobic digestion system for on-site power generation and fuel

The company was founded by Mainak Chakraborty and Sreekrishna Sankar in 2012 with support from the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and i2India to commercialize a waste-to-energy solution designed for the urban environment. To date, the company has raised about $750,000, the majority of ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

May 17, 2019

Steel with decoupled surface and bulk properties

Developed a platform technology to produce alloys with a metallurgically bonded diffusion-based top layer; the top layer's properties are decoupled from the bulk material Focusing on chromium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, and boron as alloying elements for the top layer; technology works on most steel ... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

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May 16, 2019

Forward osmosis (FO) differs from reverse osmosis in that it doesn't require external pressure to separate fresh water from a feed solution across a semipermeable membrane. After nearly two decades of research, FO is being used in a number of different separations, such as seawater desalination, ... read more.

Case Study

Mia Lu

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May 16, 2019

Analytical platform for optimization of biological wastewater treatment

The Columbia University-based business measures and assesses critical water quality parameters and offers suggestions on how to ensure regulatory compliance and reduce operational costs of water and wastewater systems Uses DNA/RNA sequencing to determine microbial signatures and biomarkers that ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

May 16, 2019

Decision support software for groundwater planning and management

The company was started by an experienced team of civil engineers, software engineers, and hydrologists, namely Francisco Batlle, Xavier Almolda, Jesús Carrera, Francisco Javier Elorza, and Jorge Jódar. To date, the company has raised approximately €750,000 from Vento, a venture fund run by Suez's ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

May 16, 2019

Robotic system for warehouse management

Develops autonomous mobile robots (AMR) and an accompanying cloud robotics platform for warehouse automation The company's suite of robots is quite diverse and includes solutions for heavy freight handling, small material transport, conveyer-to-conveyer transport, and inventory scanning Integrations... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

May 16, 2019

IoT platform built for the complexities of multifamily and student housing

Develops a centralized system for managing smart home devices in multi-unit buildings; offering consists of internally developed hubs, third-party smart home devices, as well as software for controlling devices Differentiates by placing hubs in secure central areas instead of inside individual units... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

May 16, 2019

While commuting in Boston recently, I was surprised to find my internet connection switch to AT&T's 5G E service. More stunning was the crawl the smart city traffic tracking site I was accessing was reduced to during the download. The 5G E service was worse than 4G LTE. This anecdote shows the ... read more.

Analyst Insight

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.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 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.

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?