Advanced Materials

We innovate and create advanced materials and material systems using bioinspired synthetic methods and engineering strategies. Rapid reduction of bioinspired ideas to practice allows developing revolutionary materials with disruptive properties to deliver a step-change in performance and enable game-change capabilities that are new to the world.

AquaShieldTM Membrane

AquaShield is a polymer membrane with biomimetic surface morphology and extremely low surface energy attributing to its superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity. AquaShield membrane has superior porosity of >85% by volume, water contact angle over 160⁰, and oil contact angle of 0⁰. We developed a one-step, roll-to-roll process for its large-scale manufacture and trial runs have produced several hundred meters of membranes. AquaShield is being developed as water barrier filters for aviation fuel filtration and was demonstrated capable of rejecting >99.99% of free water and achieving less than 1 ppm water in the downstream fuels at rated flow conditions according to the recent Energy Institute guidelines. AquaShield spiral wound membrane elements achieve excellent water rejection while maintaining high fuel flux and extremely low differential pressure, meeting all EI 1588 requirements.

AquaShield product pipeline includes water barrier filter for aviation fuel monitoring and AWH water harvesting. The EI 1588 filters have current TRL of 4-5, Prototype demonstration, validation in laboratory and simulated environments. Other commercial applications of AquaShield that are being pursed include water/oil separation, liquid and gas dehydration, and moisture protection of electronics.

Membrane Production
Spiral Wound Element

ASTM D3240 Tests

Bioseparation

Zymeron scientists and engineers discovered synthetic polymer resins and beads with biology-like binding affinity and specificity. The resin surface was manipulated at the molecular level specific to each target biomolecule such as proteins. Our deep understanding of science underlying the antibody-epitope and protein receptor-ligand binding inspires the unique design of biomimetic resin surface that functions similarly to high affinity and high selectivity binding events found only in naturally occurring living systems.

Our material scientists integrate deep chemistry and surface knowledge to rapidly reduce the bioinspired ideas to practice creating exciting new synthetic materials as cost-effective, eco-friendly alternatives to biological reagents in bioprocessing and biopharmaceutical separation including protein purification and biomarker separation and identification. Our synthetic bioseparation product pipeline includes recombinant HIV envelope protein gp120 and gp140 tetramer purification resins and kits, transferrin purification resins and kits, horseradish peroxidase (HRP) purification resins and kits and others.

Technology Readiness Level

El 1588 Filter
AWH
gp 120/140
TRF