From 3D printing metals to producing self-healing polymers, these companies are driving innovation in advanced materials.
Advanced materials like graphene and biopolymers could transform our world over the course of the next few decades by helping to create stronger, lighter, and more sustainable products.
Consumer demand for better phones, computers, and other electronics has been a major driver of new materials production. The rapid development of batteries, chips, and screens, for example, has depended on continuous improvement of the materials they comprise.
Advanced materials could also play a crucial role in addressing climate change and pollution, as startups and large corporations increasingly develop natural, biobased substitutes for common products like plastics and fertilizers.
However, producing new advanced materials at a commercial scale is challenging. They are often hyped by the media only to stagnate in commercialization.