Prof. Victoire de Margerie announces the list of 18 nominees for the 2019 World Materials Forum Start Up Challenge

The 5th edition of World Materials Forum will be dedicated to the Future of Materials: Make It Happen! Once again it will be an opportunity for Start Ups from the entire world to present innovative and impactful solutions in order to Use Materials Smarter, Less and Longer.

The WMF 2019 Start Up Challenge Jury met on April 5th and witnessed that the applications received had further increased not only in number but also in quality and diversity (themes and geography).

The jury therefore decided to increase the number of nominated companies from 12 to 18 whose CEOs have now confirmed that they will all be in Nancy between June 12th and June 14th.

The Grand Prix as well as the other 2 Awards will be announced during the WMF Gala dinner on June 13th.

The jury

  • Christophe Cabarry, CEO Special Chem (France)
  • Edith Coune, COO Innovation Fund (Belgium)
  • Prof. Reinhold Dauskardt, Stanford University (USA)
  • Joe De Simone, CEO & Co Founder Carbon 3D (USA)
  • Gervais Jacques, COO Rio Tinto Aluminium (Canada)
  • Prof. Stéphane Mangin, Institut Jean Lamour (France)
  • Prof. Victoire de Margerie, Vice Chairman World Materials Forum (France) - Chairman
  • Tony O’Neill, Group Technical Director Anglo American (UK/Australia)
  • Bernard Pinatel, President Refining and Chemicals Total (France)
  • Matt Price, MD Cyclotron Road Berkeley (USA)
  • Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO CGG (France)

The list of nominated companies

Kris Bordignon

Customized nano structured materials for extreme tasks and related mathematical models to predict the performance of such materials noticeably in the field of high temperature shielding & fireproof, electro magnetic waves absorbing & shielding and Sound Absorbing.


ALIGNED CARBON (San Jose, California)
John Provine
Carbon Nano Tubes that would support further transistor scaling (so called Moore Law) thanks to their integration into the semiconductor manufacturing process (in combination with FinFet).


ASTRILEUX (Berkeley, California)
Supriya Jaiswal

Advanced materials for EUV Lithography to manufacture ICs at 7 nm and smaller.


DEMETA (Rennes, France)
Patrick Piot

New class of polymer manufactured from a underutilized by-product of the petroleum industry (dicyclopentadiene), with a simpler production process, lower carbon and energy footprint and superior performances (toughness, lightness) than existing materials (epoxy, polyester, vinylester or PU).


Alex Reed

Big Data to monitor real time polymer reaction and achieve optimum reaction efficiency/product quality thanks to adjusting process variables such as temperature, pressure, reagent feed rates, and reaction time.


FREDSENSE (Calgary, Canada)
David Lloyd

Innovative, faster and more sensitive (1ppb) electro chemical sensors for detecting very low concentrations of Arsenic and other contaminants in industrial water such as for gold mine effluent treatment.


FULL MOON (Stanford, California)
Ehsan Sadeghipour

First low power and low cost sensor capable of quantifying and differentiating between various molecules with 1st used case in detecting leaks of natural gas with the same performance as existing expensive IR spectroscopic sensors.


HYMAG’IN (Grenoble, France)
Camille Crouzet

Hydrothermal oxidation of ferrous wastes into high performance magnétites for water treatment.


KEBOTIX (Cambridge, USA)
Jill Becker

Combining data and AI with robotics to discover and create advanced chemicals and materials at a faster rate and at the push of a button.


Assaf Anderson

Research platform for Scientific Data and AI modeling with the aim to accelerate the advent of new technologies thanks to harvesting, interpreting, and exchanging materials science related data.


MEMBRASENZ (Bochum, Germany)
Jelena Stojadinovic

Gas-separating membranes to be used in alkaline electrolysers (in order to split water into H2 and oxygen) while achieving excellent gas barrier properties and with 50% higher ionic conductivity compared to state of the art Zirfon membranes.


Preston Bryant

MSX membrane Technology (reverse osmosis) that extracts high purity rare earth oxides from a wide range of magnetic waste feedstock (MRIs, cell phones, electric motors) without requesting the use of high temperatures or pressures.


MOSAIC MATERIALS (Emeryville, California)
Tom Mc Donald

Separation technology that reduces the capital and operating expenses of carbon capture from nearly any mixture, including large point sources, natural gas, biogas, and ambient air.


NAWA (Le Rousset, France)
Ulrik Grape

Electrode material that combines nano/clean technologies for a Carbon Battery that stores more electricity, more rapidly - telephones, cars, renewable energies, buildings.


OPUS 12 (Berkeley, California)
Nicholas Flanders

Technology that bolts onto any source of CO2 emissions and with only water and electricity as inputs transforms it into chemical products such as ethylene & methane.


RAMLAB (Rotterdam, NL)
Vincent Wegener

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) that makes additive manufacturing of large parts feasible at acceptable cost, speed and quality.


SAFI Organics (Kenya)
Samuel Rigu

Novel chemical process in order to break down cellulosic chains 100 times faster than traditional composting without any external energy or heat and locally produce a substrate sufficiently organically rich to support microbial growth and retain nutrients moisture in the soil effectively.


TRIMATERIALS (Brescia, Italy)
Stefano Sacrato

Paints that prevent buildings from collapsing in an earthquake.