Prof. Victoire de Margerie announces the list of 18 nominees for the 2020 World Materials Forum Start Up Challenge

The 6th edition of World Materials Forum will be dedicated to "From Breakthrough Innovation to Industry: Sound & Fast"

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 2020 Start Up Challenge Jury met on March 13th and witnessed that the applications received had further increased in quality and diversity (themes and geography).

The jury therefore decided to nominate 18 companies whose CEOs have now confirmed that they will all be in Nancy between June 9th and June 11th.

The Grand Prix as well as the other 2 Awards will be announced during the WMF Gala dinner on June 10th.

The jury


  • Jos Burger, CEO Ultimaker (NL)
  • Christophe Cabarry, CEO Special Chem (France)
  • Tadeu Carneiro, CEO Boston Metal (USA)
  • Edith Coune, COO Innovation Fund (Belgium)
  • Prof. Reinhold Dauskardt, Stanford University (USA)
  • Prof. Bronwyn Fox, Swinburne University (Australia)
  • Prof. Alexander King, Critical Materials Institute (USA)
  • 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)
  • An Steegen, CTO Umicore (Belgium)

The list of nominated companies


Jean Pierre Fortin
Process to convert titanium scrap and post used components into high valuable powder to produce new parts with Additive Manufacturing


APPLIED NANO LAYERS (Delft, Netherlands)
Paul Hedges
Advanced manufacturing of “wafer scale” Graphene and 2D material for the semiconductor industry


BRIMSTONE ENERGY (Berkeley, California)
Cody Finke
Process to make ordinary Portland cement without emitting CO2 and while co generating low cost emission free hydrogen

COLD PAD (Paris, France)
Jean Philippe Court
Safe repair and fastening solutions allowing for life extension of existing infrastructures

COMPPAIR (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Amaël Cohades
Novel chemistry to produce healable composite materials while extending their lifetime

CYCLOPURE (Skokie, Illinois)
Frank Cassou
Turning corn into polymers for water purification

CYPRIS MATERIAL (Berkeley, California)
Ryan Pearson
Highly tunable reflective coatings for rapid self-assembly on rough, uneven or curved surfaces

EH GROUP (Vaud, Switzerland)
Mardit Matian
Design, development and production of cheaper, lighter & more compact hydrogen fuel cell solutions

FOLI RESEARCH (Boston, Massachusetts)
Sam Calisch
Additive manufacturing of copper based electronics wiring

GRAPHENEMG (Darra, Australia)
Craig Nicol
Liquide graphene formulations that significantly reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in engine oils, coolants and air conditioning systems

KI ENERGY (Rome, Italy)
Federico Pino
Tailor-made solutions for small-scale waste management and clean energy generation

NANOMAKERS (Rambouillet, France)
Jean François Perrin
Patented nano silicon that multiplied the energy stored in the battery anodes by up to 3

NELUMBO (Hayward, California)
Liam Berryman
Surface treatment nanotechnology for improved heat exchanger performance and corrosion resistance

RADICAL PLASTICS (Boston, Massachusetts)
Kristin Taylor
Patented mineral-based catalyst that allows to biodegrade polyolefin agricultural films in 6 months

SPIN ION (Palaiseau, France)
Dafiné Ravelosona Ramasitera
Provides a manufacturing process solution to increase the storage density and reduce the power consumption of digital memory

UBIQD (Los Alamos, New Mexico)
Hunter McDaniel
Nanomaterials for better quality of light rather than more light to improve crop yield


VARTEGA (Golden, Colorado)
Andrew Maxey
Low cost carbon fiber recycling process

ZETA ENERGY (Angleton, Texas)
Charles Maslin
Cobalt free highly stable sulfur cathode with graphene lithium metal anode resulting in safe & low-cost lithium sulfur batteries