Miraj Mainali

Consumer IoT More...

October 15, 2019

3D body scanning to help shoppers find the right size of clothing

The company was started by Elizabeth Stefanka (CEO) in 2014; prior to the company, Elizabeth worked in several project and business development managerial roles in addition to her early career in makeup art and fashion design; however, she lacks a technical background in computer vision and ... read more.
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Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

October 15, 2019

Natural language generation platform

Develops a natural language generation (NLG) platform to convert structured data into text narratives; the software can interpret and generate content in U.S. and U.K. English, Spanish, German, and Arabic Uses a combination of template-based and machine learning approaches, which it claims creates ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation

October 15, 2019

Computer vision-based emotion analytics

Develops a software product that uses computer vision and deep learning to analyze human emotions; targets applications in retail analytics, product testing, driver monitoring, user experience, political analysis, and analysis of customers' attention to advertisements Claims differentiation with the... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Machine learning-driven cobalt exploration

The company was founded by Kurt Zenz House, Josh Goldman, and Jeff Jurinak in 2018 to accelerate battery materials development by combining basic ore deposit (cobalt) science and materials informatics. So far, the company has raised about a $20 million Series A from Breakthrough Energy Ventures and ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Sells nanoparticle-containing hydrophobic coatings for consumer applications

The NanoFactory was founded in 2013 and is based in Belfast, Northern Ireland (U.K.). The company makes superhydrophobic coatings based on silica nanotechnology; the coating is water-based, contains no solvents, and is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and fluorocarbons. In terms of ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Lux recently attended and presented at the TCT Show 2019, a leading exhibition and conference on 3D printing. More than 200 exhibitors introduced new products, product upgrades, and new partnerships. This insight shares our major takeaways from the event in terms of use cases, ongoing challenges, ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

October 15, 2019

Hydrogen from food waste using microbial electrolysis

Develops a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) for production of hydrogen from food waste; MEC has higher electrical efficiency than water electrolysis At the prototype scale; plans to launch a 2 kg/day hydrogen pilot unit in 2020 and 10 kg/day hydrogen commercial units by 2022 Business model is to ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 15, 2019

Post-processing hardware, software, and materials for surface finishing and support removal of 3D-printed parts

Develops hardware, software, and chemicals for automated post-processing; the company's support removal pre-mixed detergents and surface finishing media are available in various formulations, and it claims they are proven for most commercial 3D printing technologies, including PolyJet, SLA, FDM, MJF... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

October 14, 2019

Micropore biosensors capable of detecting and quantifying nucleic acids, proteins, and small molecules

Silicon pore-based molecule detection where individual molecules cause a shift in conductance over a given duration of time that may be mapped to specific molecules or molecular characteristics of nucleic acids, protein, and small molecules The company develops a single-pore system for point-of-use ... read more.
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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.