Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) from starch-based feedstock

Uses reactive extrusion to convert charge-modified starch to superabsorbent polymers (SAPs); can tune the resulting SAPs for varying performance requirements and claims its SAPs are biodegradable and have improved properties over other starch-based SAPs Uses petroleum-based charged modifiers, so the... read more.
Company Profile

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

While we highlighted some of the questions clients ask the most in materials informatics in a recent insight, here we would like address another one: the difference between chemical informatics and materials informatics. Many clients have asked this question, and we thought this write-up could ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 28, 2020

Nitrogen enrichment of organic wastes with nitric oxides for agriculture inputs

Takes electricity, air, and an organic fracture in liquid form and enriches and stabilizes that content with nitrogen, fixed from the atmosphere The process not only enriches the final product with double the nitrogen but also decreases ammonia volatilization, methane production, and nitrous oxide ... read more.
Company Profile

Mia Lu

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 28, 2020

Nutrient removal and recovery from wastewaters using microalgae

The company was founded by CEO Dan Murray, an environmental scientist experienced in working with algae. So far, the company has raised about $2.6 million, including a recent venture round of about $900,000 led by Mercia's MEIF Proof-of-Concept & Early Stage Fund and the University of Bristol ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

February 27, 2020

In the grand scheme of global CO2 emissions, the aviation sector is a minor contributor, with an approximate 2% share. Within the transportation sector, aviation is also dwarfed by its passenger vehicle and heavy-duty vehicle counterparts. However, the outlook in the coming decades is drastically ... read more.

Case Study

Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

February 27, 2020

Smart water monitoring systems

Phyn is joint venture between Finnish plumbing giant Uponor and Belkin; started in 2016, the company has commercialized a smart water system that identifies and tracks water usage and prevents bursts, leaks, and other forms of pipe damage Its core technology is a patented pressure sensor that ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 27, 2020

Graphical user interface for industrial robot programming

So far, the company has raised about $41.8 million over three rounds, with investors including Canaan Partners, RRE Ventures, Eniac Ventures, Emerald Development Managers, and Drive Capital. The company makes a graphical programming interface for industrial and collaborative robotic arms, along with... read more.
Company Snapshot

Arnold Bos and Carlos Gonzalez

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 27, 2020

Single-layer graphene oxide and CVD-grown graphene films

Sells graphene oxide (GO) and reduced GO dispersions and powders, in addition to graphene films on silicon, copper, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), quartz, gold, alumina, silver, and sapphire substrates Produces GO through chemical exfoliation; also grows graphene films from a methane precursor ... read more.
Company Profile

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 27, 2020

Mental health app that gamifies different mental health management techniques

Litesprite offers a mental health app that leverages gamification strategies to teach and strengthen skill to manage mental illness The app is world-driven and allows users to explore via an avatar called "Socks the Fox" as the user practices skills The company is still in beta/research stages and ... read more.
Company Profile

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 27, 2020

Agriculture biologicals subsidiary of Evogene

Lavie Bio is a subsidiary of Evogene, and Corteva Agriscience owns a 28% equity stake in the company It maintains database of 130,000 strains connected to plant phenotype and environmental data, which it uses along with publicly available strain information to identify functional attributes ... read more.
Company Profile

Solving Connectivity in Remote Industrial Locations

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2020

Across industries, cloud computing has created an analytics revolution. But when a cloud connection isn’t easy to come by, for example on an oil rig in the ocean or at a remote wellhead, poor connectivity can stifle the impact of IoT and analytics. This report will discuss various solutions to the connectivity challenges presented by remote sites, including ways to transmit data and ways to reduce the need for transmitting data, and how to combine these solutions to enable complex analytics applications.

Materials & Manufacturing in an Age of Mass Customization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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.