True material innovation is hard. The discovery process is complex, expensive, and technically high risk. And discovery is only the beginning: While novel materials may have compelling performance characteristics at small scale, this performance may not translate in an integrated system, let alone achieve the scale, cost, and quality requirements for market adoption.

As a result, it often takes 20 to 30 years for materials innovations to create new industries and displace incumbents on the global marketplace.

NuMat is creating a new way forward by partnering with the world’s leading organizations to more quickly create new markets and industries. Fueling us are fundamental scientific advancements in high-performance computing, predictive analytics, chemistry, and engineered system design.

Example Partnerships

The Linde Group
Versum Materials
Patagonia
Department of Energy
Department of Defense
NASA
Northwestern University

Bring Us Your Toughest Problems

We Don't Just Make Materials,
We Provide Total Solutions

NuMat solves intractable innovation challenges by applying our molecular engineering workflow, from material discovery to process scale-up and integration. This total solutions approach enables us dramatically reduce R&D cycle time and costs and to increase the probability of success.

Our diverse partnership portfolio includes developing next-generation storage, separation,
and purification technologies, as well as advanced new materials with market leaders in the following industries:

NuMat innovates across the full electronic gas process life-cycle -- providing superior gas and chemical delivery, while also working toward separation, purification, equipment integration, and the development of cutting-edge materials. For example, as new and varied gases enter the microelectronics sector, NuMat is staying on the leading edge, developing technology to form a perfect protective scaffolding to stabilize the gases without dilution. The same technology is enabling previously impossible separations, helping electronic material suppliers achieve the last 9th percent of purity for gases, liquids and solids in next-generation devices.
Across medicine, new technology is needed to improve the delivery of various therapies to patients. NuMat’s technology offers new solutions, ranging from new methods to store and transport medical gas to new nano-scaffolds for controlled delivery of pharmaceuticals in the body. Additionally, our research and development is working on innovative separation and purification methods to make biopharmaceutical production more efficient, as well as technology to improve the performance of catalysts. For example, NuMat is investigating the use of its adsorbent technology to accomplish difficult chiral separation of pharmaceutical isomers using liquid chromatography.
NuMat is working with chemical industry partners to design novel catalysts and to dramatically improve process economics of complex separations.  For example, NuMat is developing pressure-swing-adsorption (PSA) and temperature-swing-adsorption (TSA) units systems to accomplish gas-phase separations that are extremely difficult or impossible today by other means, as well as mixed-membranes  to improve throughput in existing gas-phase and liquid-phase separation applications. In the future, some of these systems could replace energy-intensive cryogenic distillation units, which are widely used today to purify chemicals like ethylene, propylene, and ammonia.
NuMat’s state-of-the-art technology enables superior filtration and sensor solutions across industries. In the defense sector, we are creating high-performance gas masks, breathing apparatus, and other key gear necessary for protecting and sustaining the warfighter. The same technology also enables advanced toxic industrial chemical filtration, purification, and abatement, as well as sensing technology to detect these chemicals in various settings. This dual-use technology becomes critical in industrial and consumer applications where performance matters.
NuMat is developing technology platforms to harvest and recycle scarce and precious resources to meet world needs. As demand for raw materials and chemicals to power society is projected to triple over the next several decades, new, sustainable solutions are needed.  From pulling precious metals from seawater to harvesting rare gases need to power deep space missions, NuMat’s technology is enabling novel approaches to a variety of emerging technological challenges.

We pride ourselves on being trusted collaborators who care deeply about our partners. This is our ethos and how we do business.

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