From renewable bioplastics to aerospace-grade ceramics, from advanced alloys to metamateirals, the search for advanced materials is central to innovation in dozens of end markets. But the drive for higher performance increasingly must be balanced with constraints like feedstock availability, environmental and human safety, and relentless cost competition.

Lux Research's services uncover novel approaches to chemicals and materials to help corporations, investors, and governments find emerging opportunities before their competitors. Our services help innovators in Chemicals and Materials with:

  • Advanced Materials: Coatings, structural materials, 3D printing; emerging material categories like metamaterials and graphene
  • Agro Innovation: Pesticides, fertilizers, impact of advanced tech like precision Ag on chemical use, modified crops
  • Autonomous Systems 2.0: Lightweight and other high-performance material for drones, robots, and autonomous vehicles
  • Bio-based Materials and Chemicals: Alternatives to petrochemical feedstocks, polymers and basic, fine, and specialty chemicals from biorefineries or synthetic microorganisms
  • Coatings: Emerging materials components, formulations, processes and properties for coatings from cross-industry platforms to industry-specific applications
  • Digital Health and Wellness: Diagnostic reagents, novel therapeutics, materials for POC and personal monitor systems
  • Distributed Generation: Small-scale wind turbines, fuel cells and hydropower; diesel generators; distributed energy storage; waste-to-power; off-grid generation; micro-grids; system integration; software control platforms; emerging business models
  • Electronic User InterfacesBroad coverage of chemicals and materials for emerging input/output, such as conductive inks, transparent conductive films, quantum dots, materials for OLED
  • Energy Storage: Electrodes, separators, electrolytes, catalysts for incumbent and next-generation storage systems
  • Exploration and Production: Advanced proppants, tracers, protective and structural materials; chemical for produced and frac water treatment
  • Food and Nutrition: Novel food ingredients, nutrient deliver systems, prebiotics
  • Future Computing Platforms: Future approaches to the interface of information and materials
  • Industrial Big Data and Analytics: Industrial approaches to data processing and analytics
  • Industrial Internet of Things: Connected manufacturing sites and supply chains for improved operations and visibility
  • Sensors: Emerging sensor technologies
  • Solar: Polysilicons, metal pastes, backsheets, encapsulants, AR coatings, cover glass, barrier films, racking and mounting materials
  • Sustainable Building Materials: Green structural materials, dynamic windows, BIPV, advanced insulation, novel concrete, advanced paints and coatings, global policy outlook
  • Water: Ceramic and polymer membranes, industrial water management, analytics for use with treatment chemicals
  • Wearable Electronics: Organic electronic materials, novel transparent conductive films, metal and semiconductor inks

The proof of our capabilities in Chemicals and Materials lies in our client list, which includes the largest and most advanced manufacturers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Additionally, we advise investors, universities, and governments on core topics in the space, including economic development, health and safety regulation, and R&D priorities.