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Nouryon Imagine Chemistry Finalists Announced

Monday, May 20, 2019

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Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced the finalists for this year’s Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.

Of more than 160 ideas that were submitted to tackle chemistry-related challenges and inspire new value for customers, only 13 were chosen to move onto the 2019 Imagine Chemistry finals.

What is Imagine Chemistry?

The Imagine Chemistry challenge was launched in 2017, and works with startups, scale-ups, universities and other partners to inspire new sustainable innovations.


Specialty chemicals company Nouryon has announced the finalists for this year’s Imagine Chemistry collaborative challenge.

Since the launch, Nouryon has evaluated more than 500 solutions and collaborated with over 20 organizations. Several projects have even made it to the commercial phase.

“Imagine Chemistry is part of our focus on partnerships to drive growth and help us develop the essential solutions our customers need,” said AB Ghosh, Managing Director Surface Chemistry at Nouryon.

Some of the honorable projects include semiotic labs that use machine learning and sensors to predict equipment failures and invert robotics that provide various inspection services using mobile climbing robots.

The Finalists

The remaining participants were chosen from categories including sustainable bio-based surfactants, performance-boosting nanoparticles, sensing in demanding chemical environments, label-free chemistries and pushing the frontiers of chemical innovation.

“I’m impressed by the quality of submissions and the ideas of this year’s finalists are highly interesting. I’m looking forward to see who we’ll be working with to help drive sustainable growth in the future,” said Ghosh.

A full list of finalists are as follows:

  • CarbExplore Research, Netherlands;
  • Fraunhofer IGB, Germany;
  • Sironix Renewables, U.S.;
  • The University of Sheffield + Entomics, GB;
  • RISE, Sweden;
  • Arenal Process Control Solutions, Netherlands;
  • Fluence Analytics, U.S.;
  • Ingu Solutions, Canada;
  • Intelligent Fluids, Germany;
  • Altum Technologies, Finland;
  • Cambridge Carbon Capture, U.K.;
  • Ionomr, Canada; and
  • Kansas State University, U.S.

What’s Happening Now

The finalists moving forward will be participating in a three-day event this month at Nouryon’s Netherlands-based RD&I center. The event will involve finalists continuing work with over 70 company experts and business leaders to further develop their ideas into a joint value case.

Winners chosen after this phase will be awarded and customized to each particular start-up. Prizes include joint development agreements, research agreements, unilever collaboration, partner support by Lux Research and ICOS, and chemical support.

In June, the challenge will move into the implementation phase, a go-to-market program where awardees will jointly test, pilot, scale and approach commercialization.


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Asia Pacific; Competitions; Contests; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Latin America; North America; Nouryon; Program/Project Management; Research; Research and development; Sustainability; Z-Continents

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